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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.
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The scenic Peak District boasts an abundance of country lanes, tracks, towpaths and railway trails that are perfect for two-wheeled exploration. This guidebook presents 20 graded day rides in the national park, along with a challenging 250km route, the five-day 'Tour de Peak District'. With a focus on quiet lanes, gratifying downhills and not overly technical bridleways, tracks and trails, the routes are ideal for gravel/adventure bikes (or hybrid/cross), though an alternative route option for road bikes is given for all off-road sections on moderate or harder routes.
Each ride features step-by-step route description accompanied by 1:100,000 mapping. Overview stats are provided to aid route selection, along with details of refreshments, parking facilities and cycle hire, and full accommodation listings for the Tour de Peak District. The guide also includes tips for cycling the routes and advice for novices.
Easily accessible from Sheffield, Manchester, Huddersfield and Stoke-on-Trent, the Peak District is famed for its big skies and rolling moors. These carefully chosen routes showcase some of its best bits, from the picturesque Derwent Reservoir (particularly resplendent in autumn) to wide views from the old Mam Tor road. With rides to suit most abilities, what further inspiration do you need to discover this beautiful area?
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|Plants and flowers|
|Art, culture and local festivities|
|When to go|
|Food and drink|
|Bike setup/choice of bike|
|What to wear|
|What to take|
|Waymarking and access|
|Emergencies and first aid|
|Using this guide|
|Route 1 Ashopton loop via Derwent Reservoir|
|Route 1a Ladybower west and Thornhill extensions|
|Route 2 Rail Trails loop from Friden|
|Route 3 Chesterfield loop via Transpennine Trail|
|Route 4 Carsington Reservoir loop|
|Route 5 Middlewood loop via Lyme Park|
|Route 6 Ashbourne loop via Hognaston|
|Route 7 Chesterfield loop via Holymoorside and Leash Fen|
|Route 8 Tissington loop via Elton|
|Route 9 Wirksworth loop via Hartington|
|Route 10 Bakewell loop via Hartington|
|Route 11 Buxton loop via Bakewell (White Peak loop)|
|Route 12 Waterhouses loop via Morridge and Longnor|
|Route 13 Penistone loop via Holmfirth|
|Route 14 Tideswell loop via Peak Forest|
|Route 15 Leek loop via the Roaches|
|Route 16 Grindleford loop via Edale|
|Route 17 Tideswell loop via Mam Tor|
|Route 18 Middlewood loop via Pym Chair|
|Route 19 Marsden loop via Saddleworth Moor|
|Route 20 Macclesfield loop via the Roaches|
|Tour de Peak District|
|Day 1 Matlock to Dungworth|
|Day 2 Dungworth to Marsden|
|Day 3 Marsden to New Mills (main route)|
|Day 3a Marsden to Whaley Bridge (road route)|
|Day 4 New Mills (or Whaley Bridge) to Blackshaw Moor|
|Day 5 Blackshaw Moor to Matlock|
|Appendix A Route summary table and distance chart|
|Appendix B TdPD facilities table|
|Appendix C Accommodation on the TdPD|
|Appendix D Cycle maintenance|