This is a mountain biking route in the Hope Valley, part of the Peak District National Park. It’s short but takes in some of the iconic Peaks trails with challenging climbs and awesome descents. Definitely recommended!
Car park in Edale. You need to pay unless you can find somewhere on route to dump your car. You could also get the train from Manchester or Sheffield.
Heading west out of Edale you along the Vale of Edale past Barber Booth brings you to the bottom of what is the hardest (if not impossible) climb in the Peaks – Jacob Ladder. Give it a go, the first bit is loose, get past this and its not too bad until the last bit which is uber steep and tech. Good luck!
A good, wide and rocky descent down towards Hayfield now so hold on tight and enjoy the speed. You will be best catching you breath before the next climb up Coldwell Clough as its steep. Not technical but steep and fairly long. Short descent and then the climbing starts again heading towards the Roych.
Another great descent now, even faster than the last one with some nice bermed corners. Watch out for traffic and by that I mean 4x4s as well as horses and walkers.
Ace tech climbs now, goes on for quite a while and has some massive steps but is doable. Maybe not the bit after the first corner due to 4×4 damage but the rest is definitely doable. The reward for all this climbing is a ridge ride along Rushup Edge which is simply magical. Awesome views of the Hope Valley and the Vale of Edale. Definitely worth taking a moment to absorb it all.
Once you have crossed the road you are on the final stage of the ride – Mam Tor & Hollins Cross. Little climb off the road and then you are back on the spine between the valleys on some nice stone slabs. Its down hill all the way now and its a lovely tech section with some nice drops and chutes to battle your way to the valley floor and the main road back to Edale.
Map – coming soon