This is a mountain biking route from Edale in the Peak District National Park. It’s takes in some classic Peaks trails with challenging climbs and awesome descents. Definitely recommended! It’s 38km with approx 800 meter of climbing/descending.
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 east out of Edale along the vale you take the well sign posted left turn going North East after Nether Booth. The climb out of the Vale of Edale is not too bad, steep in places but general on good surfaces. After a while you will reach the top and a cross road, take the right turn north on towards
Blackley clough. The beast is straight on if you fancy something a little rougher and you can go up past Hagg Farm to re-join the route if you like. Follow the track down, it gets pretty rough and a bit twisty towards the bottom so stay loose and enjoy the ride!
Hang a right heading east and up to the A57. Straight across up another climb, easier than the last with a good surface which eventually brings you out by a fork. Take the left turn on to the screaming mile. As the name suggests this is a fast descent that will have you screaming with joy. It’s pretty straight, rocky in places and really good fun. Watch out for the right hander at the bottom and break for the gate!
Right turn and head south on the road to the Derwent Dam, take the road on the left down to the bottom of the valley below the dam. There is a café here if you want to stop for some refreshments. Up the other side and back on the road taking a right and heading east will eventually bring you onto a stoney wide bridleway.
Take the left turn up the packhorse trail heading up Derwent Edge. You can’t miss it, it’s steep and has flagstones! Tough climb to the gate, will you make it? The flagstones eventually stop give way to a trial
which cuts across the moor and can be muddy in winter. Follow the bridle way south east and then take the left turn at the junction heading east Again this can get a bit muddy so best keep you speed and stay loose. You eventually come out on a rocky boneshaker of a trail which pops you out by the Lady bower Inn.
Time to start heading back now. Head towards the bridge going south and cross over on the dam on your right. Best walk your bikes over the Ladybower dam. Turn left and pick up the old railway track heading south until you reach another road. Follow the road round to the right and up to Aston then down the hill to the A6178.
Turn right and head west towards Hope and then through Castleton. After Castleton the road forks, take the right fork going straight on heading towards the broken road. It’s a fair way to the top but loads of fun thanks to the crazy landslip which makes the road look like an earthquake zone.
At the top you rejoin the road, turn right and then take the next right up towards spectacular Mam Tor. Just after the peak as you roll down into the vale of Edale there is a bridleway sign posted on the right. Follow this up on to the ridge. The view up here are amazing as is the pavement. Follow the ridge down to Hollins Cross and take the bridleway on your left going down as you face Edale. This is an awesome fast trail with a few drops and twists to end the day on. Evently it bring you out on a farm. Head through the farm onto the road and turn right to return to Edale.
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