The Peak District

The Peak District is one of the best places in the country for mountain biking.

The routes described here include some classic "must do" trails. The region is made up of two areas:

The Dark Peak
The trails here are typically rocky and technical with singletrack stretching across Gritstone moors.

The White Peak
Less popular with mountain bikers this Limestone area still offers top quality trails varying from bridleways through the dales to full on rocky descents.

Whinstone Lee Tor

Where: Eyam, Derbyshire.
17.7 miles.
Ascent: 2,563 ft.
Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL24
Parking: There is a car park in Eyam. The Miners Arms pub also has a car park though it's probably best to ask if it is ok to use and then go in for a pint after.
Overview: This part of the Peak District is not as high as the Dark Peak but still has some fantastic trails. The route is made up of varying surfaces - rocks, grass, gravel, mud and tarmac. It includes some of the best descents to be found in the Peaks. Rideable all year round but can have some wet and muddy sections.

Where: Ashover, Derbyshire.
28.7 miles.
Ascent: 3,613 ft.
Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL24
Parking: There is a free car park in Ashover by the village hall SK350632.
Overview: Further south than the areas the majority of people usually ride in the Peaks, this area is well worth a visit. There is quite a lot of tarmac on this route, but it is used to link up some excellent bridleways. Typically climb on tarmac then descend on great rocky Peak District trails. Rideable all year round but there are a couple of sections which can get boggy in the wet. Some of the high moor sections can also be very exposed.

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