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Cycling in the Peak District

21 routes on lanes and tracks in and around the National Park

Guide to cycling in and around the Peak District National Park, on road or trail bike. 20 day routes and one multi-day cycle tour of the Peak District. All easily accessible from Sheffield and Manchester with routes starting from charming Derbyshire towns such as Ashbourne, Matlock, Bakewell and Buxton. Includes route profiles and 1:100000 mapping.


Best in the drier months - later spring to mid-autumn; difficulty grades and route description all assume dry conditions


Macclesfield, Middlewood, Ashbourne, Waterhouses, Leek, Tideswell, Bamford, Buxton, Whaley Bridge, Marsden, Holmfirth, Penistone


Routes are graded from easy to hard taking account of distance, hills, terrain and A-road riding. While technical mountain-bike skills are not essential, some short sections of easy to moderately-technical off-road may be encountered. For moderate and harder routes, there are road alternatives for all of these off-road sections, and you can choose which option best suits your individual preferences (and bike!) on a section by section basis. Average fitness and reasonable road-confidence is required.

Must See

A gentle short route around the canals and bridleways of Chesterfield; a moderate ride along Morridge; a tough ascent of the old Mam Tor road then on tracks over Shatton Moor; the 5-day Tour de Peak District
7 Jul 2017
13 Sept 2021
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.35cm

A guidebook to 20 graded day rides and a challenging 250km (155 mile) five-day cycle tour throughout the Peak District. The circular day routes are centred around Ashbourne, Matlock, Bakewell, Buxton and more whilst the tour circumnavigates the National Park.

The routes within this guidebook are ideal for mountain or hybrid bikes but can easily be adapted for road bikes. They are suitable to cyclists of all abilities and experience as the day routes vary between 13 and 58 km (8-36) miles in length.

  • 1:100,000 mapping for every route
  • Elevation profiles included
  • Detailed information on planning and facilities in the area 
  • GPX files available to download 
  • Notes on bike setup and cycling techniques 

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Chiz Dakin Cicerone author DAKIN

By Chiz Dakin

Chiz Dakin’s cycle touring adventures almost happened by accident, when after a local photography trip by bike she realised that she’d done 50 miles in a single day with a reasonably heavy load. This led to the disconnected logic that if she could do that once, she was now ready to tackle multi-day cycle touring, and two weeks later set out on the Land’s End to John o’ Groats route.

Since then she’s done several other multi-day trips including a pioneering Welsh coast cycle route (600 miles and 16km of ascent) but still maintains that you don’t need to be seriously fit or fast to enjoy long multi-day routes. (She certainly makes no claim to being either!) She has also recently won an award for her photography.

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