Stanage Circular - 28 mile mountain bike route for the keen cyclists amongst you - start and finish at Fox House near Hathersage...

Mountain Bike riding at Stanage

Introduction

Stanage Circular. Starting point: The car park at Fox Houses Inn which can be found near Hathersage on the Sheffield road the A625 near the junction with the B6055. Distance approx: 28 miles. Map: Explorer OL 1 Ride suited to good fit mountain bike riders.

Turn left out of the Fox Houses car park and go up the road about a quarter of a mile to a track on the left. The goes to a gate go through climbing and then levelling off and then descending over the moor to join the tarmac road at Ringinglow. In Ringinglow turn left then immediately right into Fulwood Lane then to a T junction at the bottom of a steep hill with a hair bend on it. Turn left and again follow the road to another T-junction. Another left turn takes you onto the road which goes around the reservoirs. Follow this right to its end where you turn right onto the track.

This track climbs up to a gate. Through this the track is paved with gritstone slabs leading to Stanage Pole. Past the pole the track leads to the beautiful Stanage Edge famous and familiar to climbers for decades. Here starts a fast and very rocky descent. Please be careful here in wet conditions.

When you meet the road go straight over the cattle grid and then take the first right up a tarmac climb. Follow the road down into a dip and then over the brow look for the entrance to Bamford Clough on your left hand side. Keep on down in to Bamford village on a very steep descent. When you meet the tarmac again go down to the main road and turn left onto it.

Go down through the village of Bamford and then take a right turn over the River Derwent. Follow the lane until you meet a disused railway, turn right onto this and this is the Heritage Way, then follow the railway until just after a gate where there is short section of tarmac on your left leading up to the road, climb up into Thornhill and take the right turn at the top of the hill into Thornhill Lane. Go along this undulating road until just the other side of Aston.

Turn right and climb up tarmac to a house, just before the house the bridleway goes left, this is very wet and muddy in poor weather expect a muddy bum and face unless you have a good mudguard. Take the bridleway through gates and follow the hill around Win Hill until you come to a wide rutted trail. Turn left onto this and descend to a junction with a road near a gate. Turn left and keep going down on rockier ground towards Hope. Go through the gate at the bottom and continue down and over the railway bridge. At the bottom go straight over the bridge and follow the road into Hope.

Loads of eating places and a bike shop for any issues or problems with the two wheels, there is the Woodbine Café (turn right at the T junction and it’s on your right) which I love as they sell gluten free cakes which are vital for me as a Coeliac. When you have refuelled here you have about 12 miles to go.

Leave Hope heading towards Hathersage and at the traffic lights turn right towards Bradwell, go past WM Eyre’s Farm Supplies shop and go over the river then take the first left and start the long climb up Brough Lane on tarmac to Elmore Hill farm, follow the lane to the top and then on until it becomes Shatton Lane.

Stay on this past the Shatton Mast down the hill until you come about halfway down to a bridleway on your right where you want to go, so don’t get too excited coming down the hill and miss the turn. Follow this bridleway until you meet the road near Offerton Hall, turn right and keep on till you come to a junction, turn left and descend to Leadmill. Turn left and head into Hathersage.

At the T- junction in Hathersage turn right and follow the road climb back to the finish at the Fox Houses Inn. Which ever way you go from here is uphill, if you prefer you can go up School Lane and back up toward Stanage Edge if you want to extend the ride further and return by the way you came earlier in the ride.

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 escape from domestic duties.

Mark Street

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015