A ride with a view
Another shorter gravel ride that we like that can be done in a morning or evening. Includes the option of a play on Lady Cannings MTB trails.
Starting at the National Trust’s Longshaw estate which has a popular cafe on site the route heads over Houndkirk Road and past the Lady Canning’s plantation which offers an optional play down one of the blue MTB trails.
Then a road section round the Rivelin dams and up onto Stanage Edge for one of the most panoramic views in the Peak. Then it’s a lumpy (but mainly downhill) to Thornhill via Bamford.
Then onto Shatton and a lovely quiet trail via Offerton to one of our fave climbs up to the transmitter mast on Shatton Moor.
If it’s been wet the bridleway from Offerton can be a bit muddy. If you are feeling brave, as a less muddy alternative you can go directly from Shatton up to the mast via the road which is a bit of a lung buster.
This is followed by a steady(ier) climb up to the Barrel at Bretton you are rewarded with a cracking view of Stanage edge where you were earlier. Then it’s onto the pretty, historic village of Eyam. A closed road section is followed by a loop round to Baslow and a stiff climb up to the Eastern Edges and a ride along the tops back through the Longshaw estate.
We hope you like our routes as much as I do researching them. If you do you can keep us fuelled up with a virtual coffee. TIA.