Cycling in the Peak District - day & multi day cycle routes
Cycling in the Peak District
21 routes in and around the National Park by Chiz Dakin
Guidebook to cycling in the Peak District National Park, on road or trail bike. 20 day routes and one multi-day cycle tour. Easily accessible from Sheffield and Manchester. Routes right across the park on quiet roads and off-road trails. All graded by distance, gradient, terrain and ascent from Easy to Hard. More...
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Chesterfield Canal (Route 1)
Works on the canal basin have closed part of the route around Staveley for several months over 2011. These works are likely to last up until December 2011, and are currently (1 July) not signposted at all from the eastern side of the works, so check the Sustrans site for the diversion map before you set out!
The additional diversion from Constitution Hill is likely to last until the end of August 2011. Both are promised to be open earlier if possible, but that is not guaranteed.
The areas affected are from Huntsman Road (turn left just after you pass the fire station just before the toucan crossing) to the bridge at Mill Green. Turn right at the end, then left onto High Street. While the secondary works at the bottom of Constitution Hill are ongoing, the diversion map on the TPT website is INCORRECT – as that often closes the footpath down Constitution Hill which is marked as the recommended route. So instead, continue down High Street to reach Morrisons. Turn right towards this, past the medical centre, then left off an access road onto a narrow dead-end road (Mill Green, signposted TPT, but it's easy to miss!) which leads to a bridge over the canal. Cross this and rejoin the route back to Chesterfield station.
Monsal Trail Updates: (Route 15 Buxton to Bakewell loop)
The planned re-opening of the four abandoned railway tunnels (Headstone, Cressbrook, Litton, Chee Tor) went ahead yesterday (25 May 2011), meaning that the Monsal Trail now runs from Bakewell to WyeDale (just west of Chee Tor). This means that the new route can now be used, and the awkward descent and footpath across the river at Littondale on the interim route is no longer needed.
Cycle Hire Updates:
Trail Monkeys of Bradwell (routes 5, 14, 16, 17) has closed
Peak Blackwell Mill Cycle Hire have opened at the western end of the Monsal Trail (Route 15) at Wye Dale, extending the offerings of the long-standing Lazy Days tuck shop to include cycle hire and welcome refreshments at the western end of the trail.
Hassop station (listed in the book) is now fully up and running with a busy cycle hire base, thriving cafe, and bookshop.