Ladybower Lollipop from Edale – 38km

Blackley clough descent peak district

Overview

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!

38km with approx 800 meter of climbing/descending.

Start Point

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.

Description

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

mountain bike route peak districtmile. 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 rail way track heading south util you reach another road. Follow the road round to the right and up to Aston. Take the minor road on the right and begin the last climb of the day up to Hope Brink. This can get very muddy in winter!

Follow the ridge line heading west to Hope Cross where you will re-join the trail for earlier in the day and hang a left. It’s much better as a descent and you know what’s coming. Loose rocky descent which some nice corner. When you hit the road turn right, heading west back to the start.

Great day out and definitely worthy of a pint afterwards!

Route
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