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The map above shows a sample of the 30+ routes featured on the site.

Fancy exploring England's finest National Park by bike? There are routes to suit all abilities – from flat, traffic-free trails ideal for families and novices through to more challenging mountain bike rides in the hills. Hire bikes locally or bring your own.

There are three easy ways to plan your ride using our website:

Step 1: Go to the Cycle Routes page if you want to check out a specific named trail or ride.

Step 2: Go to Type of Cycling and choose a route from the drop-down menu that's suitable for your ability or your group's composition.

Step 3: Go to the Cycling Hubs drop-down menu and choose from seven key cycling locations, all of which offer parking, toilets, refreshments and cycle hire facilities.

We also list a growing number of local guided cycle rides, training and bike shops, as well as cycle-friendly accommodation. The Peak District is fast becoming the top National Park for recreational cycling, boosted by new Government funding. The Tour de France is even coming through in 2014, so time to climb in the saddle and pull on that yellow jersey!


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The Peak District in General

The Peak District is mainly in Derbyshire but extends into surrounding counties. Amongst the attractions are Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and gardens, Eyam (the plague village) Hall and the Caverns in the Peak. There is something for everyone, walkers, climbers (gritstone edges such as Stanage, Birchen, Froggatt, Curbar and bouldering), sightseers looking for stately homes, museums, or stunning scenery, gardeners, steam railway enthusiasts and families looking for theme parks. Geographically, it is divided into two regions, the White Peak and the Dark Peak.

The Peak District has a wealth of quiet minor roads suitable for cycle touring. Several of the disused railway track beds have been converted into cycle trails, perfect for family groups, disabled cyclists and occasional cyclists. In addition, there is plenty of off-road action for both inexperienced and experienced mountain bikers on fantastic singletrack, bridleways and other tracks.

High Peak Trail

There are plenty of places to join the trail which is a dismantled railway (see the High Peak Trail page for more information about the Cromford and High Peak Railway). You can start at the Cromford canal junction (3/4 mile incline to get you warmed up plus a shorter but equally as steep one to get to Middleton Top!) and go almost to Buxton. For a flatter start, you could go from Middleton Top which misses out the main climbs or start at the Buxton end. Parsley Hay and Friden are also popular starting points.

Tissington Trail

Another dismantled railway running from Ashbourne to join the High Peak trail south of Parsley Hay. You could make a longer circular ride by starting at Ashbourne, then head SE on the High Peak trail from Parsley Hay, coming off at Middleton Top or Black rocks and return to Ashbourne via the roads and assorted bridleways.

Manifold Way

This runs from Waterhouses to Hulme End and passes through the valleys of the river Hamps and Manifold. Off road trail and minor road cycling. Passes the Thor's Cave and the Ecton Copper mine, following the track bed of the former narrow gauge Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway.

Sustrans

Sustrans is the national UK charity dedicated to the promotion of sustainable transport, getting people out on foot, bike or by public transport. Sustrans has organised a large number of cycle routes nationwide. Some make it easier and safer for cycle commuters whilst others follow mainly quiet roads and bridleways to enable cycle tourists to enjoy their exploration of the countryside. Each is signposted and it is possible to obtain the maps for a small fee from the Sustrans web site at http://www.sustrans.org.uk. All monies support the work of this charity. Some of the key sustrans cycle routes open in (or near to) the Peak District are National Route 6 from Leicester to Sheffield, National Route 54 from Lichfield to Little Eaton and National Route 68, The Pennine Cycleway (which continues north from the Peak District right up the Berwick-upon-Tweed. You can find a free overview map of the national routes and local cycle trails free here.

Basic Bike Maintenance

Keeping your bike in tip-top condition is essential not just for safety but also to avoid a long walk! Here are a few tips on maintaining your bike in good condition. The list is not exhaustive by any means but checking after a ride can save disappointment ...

Tyres - after each ride, visually inspect your tyres and check that there are no cuts in the rubber that are deep. Also check for thorns or other small sharp objects. This can help avoid the annoying need to repair a puncture just before you hop on the bike for the next ride.

Drivetrain - clean it thoroughly if you have been riding somewhere muddy and re-lubricate. Wipe off any excess lubricant with a clean cloth. This will help to stop the chain and other components rusting. Check the system regularly for wear and replace it before it has had chance to wear away the teeth of the chainset or gears otherwise you will have an expensive repair!

Brakes - whether you have disc brakes or rim brakes, visually check for wear and replace the pads if they are getting low. Both types of brakes have pads that wear surprising fast in adverse conditions.

Other areas of your bike to check between rides are the wheel bearings and head set. If there is any 'play' it is advisable to get them adjusted. Play means that the bearings are loose and that can lead to premature failure.