Cycling Plus Routes – Peak District

Three routes of different difficulty

Locknow, Peak District

Britain’s first National Park has a stunning combination of rugged moorland and lush dales. It also has some epic road climbs. Whether you like long, steady ascents or short killers, there’s something for everyone. Search hard enough and you might even find some flat bits… The main hotspots can be busy on bank holidays and weekends but there are enough quiet roads to ensure you have the time of your life.


Route One

Bakewell Spice 65 miles More than a mile of climbing

The only real killer climb is the one up the Two Dales, where there are 20 per cent gradients. Starting from Bakewell you’ll make your way down to Ashbourne in the south via Matlock Bath, a perfect stopping point, though you’re spoilt for choice for cafes and pubs en route.

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Route Two

Snake in the Pass 50 miles  Challenging, with more than 1800m of climbing

Your chance to tackle the legendary Snake Pass… The climbing starts almost immediately as you leave Hathersage and head up to Ladybower Reservoir. Enjoy the breather. Looping round through Glossop and Chapel-en-le-Frith you’ll encounter some fast bits before climbing to Castleton, where you could detour through Winnat’s Pass, another classic.

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Route Three

Opal Monsal 21 miles  Moderate, with a tough climb, great views and a long descent

From the start in Bakewell you begin climbing almost straight away, but the views from Monsal Head are worth the effort. You then get to enjoy the fantastic twisting ride through Miller’s Dale. The picture postcard village of Tideswell is worth stopping at, with a choice of pubs and cafés. After that the ride is finished off with a fast descent through Ashford in the Water.

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Local Knowledge

Have breakfast here…

Pool Cafe, Hathersage

A magnificent full English at any time of day. If a fry-up before Snake Pass is a worry, have it when you get back.

Oddfellows Road, Hathersage S32 1DU Tel: 01433 651159

Stop for cake here…

Hassop Station

Sublime scones, brilliant bagels and unusual toasties, plus bike hire and a gift shop.

Hassop Station, on A6020 north of Bakewell Tel: 01629 815668

Get spare tubes here…

High Peak Cycles

All the bits and bobs you could possibly need for your ride, along with a fair amount of bling that’s bound to get you drooling.

2 Smithy Fold, Glossop SK13 8DD Tel: 01457 861535

Fancy a pint?

Monsal Head Hotel

A pub converted from a stable on the side of the hotel, with views to die for.

Great Longstone, near Bakewell DE45 1NL Tel: 01629 640250

Dump the family…

Gulliver’s Kingdom

Rides, rollercoasters, magic shows, castles… Spend as long as you like on your bike and they won’t complain.

Temple Walk, Matlock Bath DE4 3PG