38 mile Peak District mountain bike route
Pedal power in the Peak
Hills, hills and more hills: Starting point: Great Longstone.
Distance approx: 38 miles.
Map: OL24 or easier still just take this with you after you have laminated it or put it in a map holder.
Ride suited to good fit road cyclists. It is designed for training or looking at cracking views on quiet roads with plenty of hills!!
Great Longstone is a lovely quiet village, still thriving with a shop that sells everything, a dairy where you can buy milk 24 hours a day, a school, tennis court, park for the little ones, cricket pitch, two pubs (the White Lion and the Crispin) offering food and drink most days of the week. So this is where you start from, so if you have forgotten food or drink you are okay topping up here before putting on the cycle shoes and heading off.
Head down the village from the centre towards Bakewell, past Sally B's and Casey’s Shop and down to the bridge at the bottom of the village, take a left and join the main road going under the Monsal Trail Bridge and round the switchback bends to the Hassop roundabout. There is a bookshop on the right of the roundabout but don’t be diverted go straight on over the roundabout and at the next T junction turn left and then immediately right signposted to Pilsley.
The road heads downhill and then an incline up takes you towards Pilsley village don’t stop here at the Chatsworth Farm Shop on the right but go straight down to the next T junction and take a right down hill, over the cattle grid and past Edensor Village and don’t go left into Chatsworth House, nice though it might be to sit on the grass with the sheep and the tourists on a warm summer’s day, when we get them! Go on through the beautiful park avoiding the lambs and the deer over another cattle grid and round the corner to the bridge traffic lights.
Go on over the bridge and on to the turning for Beeley village. Turn left and then immediately right at Beeley and head up the mini-monster hill, this is a good mile and a half climb. This is a big hill, though not the longest today, so safe some energy for later and it is quite narrow so keep your wits about you as cars roar up the hill, the first half mile is the steepest and then it is just a grind up to the top through a wooded area. When your lungs are bursting you eventually come out into a clear area with a pull in on the left and there is very often an ice-cream van awaiting you. You can rest here for a little while and ease the burning legs before you summon up your energies and head up and onwards.
Head up the road, yes its up again and then take the first left and then left again past Arkwright Plantation, a few trees on your right basically. At the next junction go left and down to the main Baslow to Chesterfield road, this is the A619, a very busy road, so take care and go straight on over this to the next junction and turn left going past Puddingpie Farm on your left before taking the next right and then straight on along a straight road to a T-junction with the Sheffield road, the A621 where you again go straight on, heading up to the top of Curbar Gap where in good weather you can take a breather and enjoy fantastic views.
You have Chatsworth to your left and over to the Hope Valley on your right. When you have taken time to breathe in the good air and admire the views then push on down the hill, there is a very severe left hand turn so go steady down the hill this is Bar Road. As you hit the houses there is a crossroad, you need to go right along here it’s called as you go along The Bent, maybe how you are feeling, straight along here right to the end at another crossroads at Froggatt. Summon your energies and go right up the longest hill of the day at two and a half miles up past The Chequers pub and restaurant on your right and keeping grinding in the granny gear until you go past yet another pub, The Grouse Inn, and up past the Longshaw Estate on your left.
You are riding here under Froggatt Edge and you will feel this pull up, stay right on the edge of the road as again, boy racers love the bends on this road and will take you out if you are any where but on the edge of the tarmac! You have been warned! This road is the A625 and when you reach the junction gasping for air take a left where it levels a little to allow you to take the view in on your left over the Hope Valley and over to Castleton. Stay on this road ignoring the turning to the right for Sheffield and go on to the junction with the A6187 for Hathersage where you head left but ignore the first turning for Nether Padley and head down into Hathersage. If you are in need of a stop as you are now over half way at 23 miles you could try the Fox Houses Inn where there are facilities, don’t eat too much though as you still have about 14 plus miles to go and some more uphill yet.
Hathersage is down the hill, a busy little tourist town with amenities, in the centre just past the fuel station on your left, turn left back out of town on the road signposted to Grindleford and Bakewell this is the B6001. You go under a stone railway bridge and then drop down a hill and up a rise where the Plough Pub is on your left, you go right up the hill here and head up to Highlow, ignore all turnings off. If you can ride up here you have done well as its narrow a tractor comes down you will have to unclip your pedals and take a breather for your own safety. This road takes you to the hamlet of Abney right out on to the tops, its beautiful and peaceful up here especially on a summers evening.
After passing through Abney you head down hill for a mile and a half to a junction where you go left towards Bretton. Before you get to Bretton you take a sharp right down Bradshaw Lane past disused mines and downhill to Foolow. In Foolow you go left and right in the centre of the village and then you hit the main road where you go right and then left immediately heading along a road that overlooks the village of Wardlow on your right. At the first junction you go right then at the next you head left, the last climb, honest, up to Longstone Edge, this is should just kill you off before you come out on to Longstone Edge.
Here you can see the affect of quarrying on the Edge where there is a long standing dispute over quarrying rights going on. You then follow the road round to the right as you come to the top and then head down hill into Great Longstone and you are back to the start. Well done you are fitter than you thought if you get round this and feel ready for more. I used this route a couple of times to train up for doing the Coast to Coast ride, enjoy it!!!
Last Updated: 5 Nov 2015