Edale mountain bike ride
Edale Circuit: Starting Point: Edale Car Pay and Display Car Park.
Distance approx: 15 miles
Map: OL 1
Ride suited to good experienced and fit mountain bike riders, not for young children.
Start by leaving the car park and cycle up the valley to Barber Booth Take the Upper Booth road and cycle through the hamlet and continue up the valley, past the last farm up a rough track across a stream and up to the foot of Jacobs Ladder. The main route here is very rough and you may not be able to cycle up it all the way, you can go up an older packhorse track which zig-zags up at a slightly easier angle for the over 40s like me. It is still pretty rough and you will probably have to push or carry your bike up in places before you get to the top.
When you have come through the zig-zags the track is easier riding. As you cross the top you descend slightly before coming to a rise where you can see Edale Cross, then you hair it downhill if you are reckless like young Chris who I have been out with it, for older and wiser riders better go carefully here as it is a rough track and the descent is a little tricky here.
As you descend toward the river the surface improves and you soon pick up a farm track coming in from the left and then tarmac. At the bottom at the River Sett the road forks, the left fork crosses the river and continue down the road into Hayfield where you can have a break and a bite to eat. There is a good fish and chip shop here if it’s open.
In the centre of Hayfield turn left and follow Church Street past the church, at the top this turns right to join the main road and at the antique shop there is a small road which branches left this is the Old Road from Chinley to Hayfield called Highgate Road, this road runs parallel to the A624 most of the way up to Peep O’ Day.
A gradual climb up leads up past an isolated bungalow on your right hand side and then you come to a junction, a farm entrance goes left, the tarmac road goes straight on and a bridleway goes between them, that’s where you are heading up to Mount Famine, which you now see up in front of you. Yep its uphill and a bit rough so you will get a sweat on and the legs will scream if you don’t use the granny gears.
The track goes just below Mount Famine and north of South Head and soon after the path splits, take the right track which descends down the hillside. There is a great descent to Roych Clough and then a steep ascent up the other side and then the track improves as it comes to the A625 near Rushup Edge.
As you reach the main road take a left and go up the road to a stile which is the start of Chapel Gate which is a rocky old route into Edale. Follow it up to Rushup Edge and then you can go left over the ridge and down into Edale or you can go right and take the bridle path which goes just below the ridge of Rushup Edge and join the road down into Edale Valley. Turn left and speed down the road to Barber Booth and then down to the Edale Car Park. If you need refreshments there is a café at the railway station or further up the village there are cafes and pubs aplenty if you want to join all the tourists.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015