Title: Cycling in the Peak District
Price: £12.95 (free p&p)
Author: Chiz Dakin
Details: Paperback book, ISBN 978-1-8528487-8-1
Published: July 2017, Cicerone Press
Peak District Cycling: Build up to the multi-day Tour de Peak District!
The scenic Peak District boasts an abundance of country lanes, tracks, towpaths and railway trails that are perfect for two-wheeled exploration. This guidebook presents 20 graded day rides in the national park, along with a challenging 250km route, the five-day ‘Tour de Peak District‘. With a focus on quiet lanes, gratifying downhills and not overly technical bridleways, tracks and trails, the routes are ideal for gravel/adventure bikes (or hybrid/cross), though an alternative route option for road bikes is given for all off-road sections on moderate or harder routes.
Each ride features step-by-step route description accompanied by 1:100,000 mapping. Overview stats are provided to aid route selection, along with details of refreshments, parking facilities and cycle hire, and full accommodation listings for the Tour de Peak District. The guide also includes tips for cycling the routes and advice for novices.
Easily accessible from Sheffield, Manchester, Huddersfield and Stoke-on-Trent, the Peak District is famed for its big skies and rolling moors. These carefully chosen routes showcase some of its best bits, from the picturesque Derwent Reservoir (particularly resplendent in autumn) to wide views from the old Mam Tor road. With rides to suit most abilities, what further inspiration do you need to discover this beautiful area?
- Routes are graded from easy to hard taking account of distance, hills, terrain and A-road riding.
- While technical mountain-bike skills are not essential, some short sections of easy to moderately-technical off-road may be encountered. For moderate and harder routes, there are road alternatives for all of these off-road sections, and you can choose which option best suits your individual preferences (and bike!) on a section by section basis.
- Average fitness and reasonable road-confidence is required.
- Must See – a gentle short route around the canals and bridleways of Chesterfield; a moderate ride along Morridge; a tough ascent of the old Mam Tor road then on tracks over Shatton Moor; the 5-day Tour de Peak District
- free GPX tracks downloadable for all routes when you buy the book (via Cicerone website)
A review of Cycling in the Peak District is on Chiz Dakin’s Peak Images website (scroll to the bottom of the page)