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The Peak District

The Peak District

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Route Overview:

Distance (Miles): 80

Useful Information:

Summary: East Coast discovery route - England
Route Description:

Where does it start? Matlock 

Where does it end? Hebden Bridge

How long is it? 80 miles


Why is it great? 

The Peak District can be a particularly busy place given that it’s surrounded by cities, but if you take a route up through the middle – especially on a weekday – then it can feel as remote and wild as you want it to. 


What do I need to know? 

This route shuns the obvious ones such as the Cat and Fiddle and Snake Pass as they are often crowded and have a high police presence. From the A6 head north to Rowsley where you take a right up towards Chatsworth House, for a nice scenic run through the grounds. From Baslow you could take the A623 straight up to Chapel en le Firth but that would be missing out the good riding up towards Castleton and the Edale loop, the highlight of this being the climb up through Winnats Pass; a bit like Cheddar Gorge but without all the tourist tat. Castleton has some great local pubs to eat at and sleep at, as well as a cheap campsite up on the hill as well as a well-priced YHA

From Chapel-en-le-Frith, take the road up to Glossop, then the B6105 north alongside the Torside Reservoir and across the Woodhead Reservoir. Rather than straight up to Holmfirth – though you can if you like – take the A6024 that branches off to the left and runs up and over Holme Moss. From here you reach Holme, forking to the left along Fieldhead Lane, heading in the direction of Meltham. From Meltham you want Marsden then Denshaw, before passing beneath the M62 as you progress north to Ripponden. From Ripponden head west on the A58 before turning right onto the B6138 alongside Blackstone Edge Reservoir. This takes you the back way into Hebden Bridge, which is a great launch place for exploring the Yorkshire Dales to the North.


Anything else? 

Take care on the narrow lanes, as mud can often be on the road and corners aren’t always well sighted. The focus on this run through the Peak District is the scenery, not so much the balls-out riding. 

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