Mountain biking at Ladybower
Starting point: The car park on the A6013 north of Bamford near the Ladybower Reservoir.
Distance approx: 13.25 miles
Map: OS Landranger 110
Ride suited to good mountain bike riders.
With its beautiful, rugged gritstone moorland and scenic reservoirs, this area of the Dark Peak has long been a magnet for mountain bikers from the nearby cities. There are some excellent routes close by some big loops and day circuits but this circuit of the Lady Bower Reservoir is less strenuous but nonetheless very enjoyable and equally rewarding for a quick weekend jaunt.
From the car park on the A6013 just north of Bamford ride the short distance along the road to meet the A57. Turn left along the A57 towards Ashopton, turning right just before the bridge and right at the hairpin shortly after. Join the bridleway climbing up the hill to Highshaw Clough and follow it left to Whinstone Lee Tor. The track now follows the stone wall before dropping down towards the forest and then on to the reservoir.
Turn left and follow the banks of the reservoir back to the A57. Now turn right, then right again after the bridge on the opposite bank. Follow the road for about 2km. When you are level with an inlet on the opposite bank, take the bridleway on your left and climb through the forest to Hagg Farm. Turn left at the bridleway junction on to the switchback descent. Go straight across the A57 down to the river and left after the bridge. Stay on this track alongside the river, then the southern bank of the reservoir round to the Ladybower Dam. Cross the dam and turn left on the A6013 to bring you home to the car park.
If you need drinks or food after this little jaunt then head to the Lady Bower Inn which is open every day from 12 noon. Bed and breakfast is also available here.
Mark “muddy skinny bum” Street rides from Great Longstone on a Focus Carbon Frame hard tail mountain bike built by his great boss JW at Trelleborg Forsheda Pipe Seals, daily to work and at the weekends when he can.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015