Mountain biking around Buxton in Derbyshire - 18 mile route to test you, courtesy of Lets Stay Peak District...

Buxton mountain bike route

...18 miles of pleasure

Buxton Round: Starting point: Buxton either town centre or park just out of the centre. Distance approx: 18 miles. Map: Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 map 118/119 Ride suited to fairly fit mountain bike riders, not for young children.


Buxton is known for its water, market, the Pavilion and its music festivals among many other things, so you could just spend the day here or at least any who don’t fancy cycling would have plenty to do.

Set off from Buxton alongside St John’s Church on the A5004 which is the road to Macclesfield, its uphill so will get you breathing nicely or puffing horrendously! You go past Coldspring Plantation on your right and then Cold Springs Farm on your left and then at the next bend in the road you will see a track off to your right, this the Old Road, now part of the Midshires Way, take this track and climb up to the top of the ridge. Stop to catch your breath here and take in the view of Buxton and Goyt Valley down to your left.

Descend to White Hall Centre where the track becomes hard surfaced again. Carry on along this minor road and take care to ignore the turning on your right which is called Ridge Lane that heads off to Combs, which is a ride for another day. Keep on this minor road until you start to descend towards Whaley Bridge until you come to houses which mark the outskirts of the town, follow down to your left on to Shallcross Lane which leads back down to the main road A5004.

At the main road turn left and cycle about one hundred and fifty metres back up the main road looking out for a road on your right where you turn down, it should be signposted, ”Goyt Water Treatment Works” which leads to the Fernilee Reservoir. Cross the Dam then follow this narrow road turning left and then right before climbing to a farm called Oldfield. From this point a track heads off south, left into the forest area. Keep on this track through the forest which comes out onto a minor road where you turn left, this road crosses the Goyt Valley.

There is a picnic area if you have the weather and a picnic with you near to the end of the Errwood Reservoir. You now follow the road alongside the reservoir and later following the River Goyt. Close to the top of the road you cross the river at Derbyshire Bridge and soon come to a T-junction where again there are toilets and another picnic area.

Take a left at this point and go down the very rough track which heads back towards Buxton, this is an old coach road between Buxton and Macclesfield. (If you have energy you could go right and head up to the famous Cat and Fiddle public house, that’s if its not snowing, which it usually is up there.)

Heading down towards Buxton you come into Burbage on the edge of Buxton and the road becomes tarmac again. Continue past the traffic lights at Burbage and turn left onto St John’s Road and then you are back in the centre of Buxton with all the delights of Curry Houses and Simply Thai, one of my families favourite restaurants if you are not too wet and muddy - they do a great three course lunch for not too much or there is always fish and chips and a pint.

Mark Street


Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015