The Peak District is well suited to use by cyclists and boasts a wide range of traffic-free trails which crisscross the national park. These trails are strictly reserved for cyclists, walkers and horse riders and provide miles of flat, even terrain suitable for cycling.

For more challenging mountain bike routes, bone-shaking descents, technical lung-busting climbs and awesome sweeping views, these are just some of the reasons why the Peak District is a must do mountain biking destination. This is adventure riding in an untamed landscape, a welcome change from the UK trail centre scene – and for some the only way to ride!

Family Friendly Cycling

Tissington Trail Cycle Route

The Tissington Trail has around 13 miles of tracks and runs from the town of Ashbourne, continuing until it reaches the Parsley Hall. About ninety percent of the track runs alongside the famous Ashborn-Buxton railway line track bed which was deserted many years ago. The trail passes through the small Tissington village featuring Tissington Hall which was finished in the 1900s with an estate of around 40 acres of woodland. You will also be lucky enough to revel in the picturesque views of the Derbyshire Dales along the trail route.

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The Monsal Trail Cycle Route

Through limestone hills and across picture-perfect dales, the Monsal Trail is the jewel of Peak District cycling for all the family. Long, atmospheric tunnels and impressive viaducts thread nine miles of the former Midland Railway along the dramatic Wye valley to Millers Dale, Hassop and Bakewell.

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Mountain Biking In The Peak District

Ladybower Reservoir

17km/10 Miles
Ride time: 2 ½ hours
Where to eat? Fairholmes visitor centre

This is one of the shorter loops around Ladybower, but it’s also one of the best.  Head out of Fairholmes and loop north then south beneath the dam and then south on the road SK187883, where a steep climb east then south gains Whinstone Lee Tor. Descend east almost to the road, then south-west to the road at Ashopton. Cross the bridge and turn right towards Fairholmes and then climb west then north-west over Crook Hill to Haggside where a great descent drops you north to the reservoir road.

Jacob’s Ladder & the Roych

22km/13 miles
Ride time: 3 hours
Where to eat? Ramblers Inn, Edale

Non-stop action and year-round trails make this a UK classic. Start at Edale and climb south to Hollin’s Cross. Head west on the ridge to the road, where you climb left then right onto Rushup Edge. This ends at the top of Roych Clough where a real rock n roll descent north-west gets you to the bottom quick. It’s a stiff climb out but head north-west to Mount Famine then east then north into Coldwell Clough. A huge climb east ensues and from Edale Cross it’s more techie rock all the way to the bottom.

Eastern Moors

20km/12 Miles
Ride time: 2 hours
Where to eat? The cafe in Longshaws Estate is great!

An easy loop that explores a great corner of the White Peak. A lot of it on permissive bridleways – the work of the awesome Ride Sheffield advocacy group. From Longshaws head north on the A625 to the fork, then take the trail east onto Totley Moor to SK284795. Head south (not marked on map) to the B6054 and hang a right for 500m, then left onto a track that heads south then south-west, eventually looping back over the A621 to Ramsley Reservoir. Take the road west then the track to Wellington’s Monument. From here head north on a good track to the A625. Another byway takes over then road to finish.