Cycling in the Peak District
Classic climbs, grand views and a variety of stunning landscapes all add up to make the Peak District one of Britain’s top cycling destinations.
From casual holiday maker to endurance experts, there are a variety of different cycling routes to suit all abilities and tastes right on our doorstep. Our most popular requests are for fairly gentle and traffic free cycling routes where couples and friends can amble along at leisure and take in the stunning landscapes. We do also get a lot of enthusiastic cyclists who come to the Peak District for the challenging ascents and sweeping down hill twists and turns.
As a result we have compiled this list of cycling routes and links to helpful information for visitors who wish to experience the Peak District on two wheels.
Gentle Off Road Cycling Trails
These popular off road cycling trails are perfect for both walkers and cyclists of all ages. Previously used as Victorian railway lines, they offer minimal elevation and descent.
- Monsal Trail | Easy | 8.5 miles between Blackwell Mill in Chee Dale (or 7 if you join locally at Miller’s Dale) and Bakewell | Discover more here.
- Manifold Valley Track | Easy | 9 miles between Hulme End and Waterhouses | Discover more here.
- Tissington Trail | Easy | 13 miles between Parsley Hay and Ashbourne | Discover more here.
Road Cycling Routes
The Peak District has long been popular with road cyclists, which is no surprise given the area’s magnificent scenery and accessibility.
Explorer Cycling Routes
These cycling routes offer a little more excitement for the curious cyclist who prefers more of an off-road adventure, often providing better views and access to the wilderness.
- Rails, Trails & Dales – A circular route around the local area | Medium | 20 miles and 1729 feet of ascent | Discover more here.
- Moors & Gritstone Tors – A circular route starting and ending in Buxton | Medium | 28 miles and 3162 feet of ascent | Discover more here.
- Hope Valley Hoop | Medium | 22 miles and 3290 feet of ascent | Discover more here.
If you require further specialist support with your cycling experience, we can recommend these local experts:
- Blackwell Mill Cycle Hire – at the start of the Monsal Trail, Cheryl and Simon offer bike hire, trailers and refreshments. Closed for winter between October and March.
- Peak Ascent Cycles – Based in Buxton, Patrick has over 30 years of endurance experience and offers a range of parts and servicing.