Cycling in Hathersage
If you’re looking for a healthy mix of road and off road cycling then Hathersage has it all. The sheer variety of routes and trails available in this part of the Peak District means that whatever your age, energy level or ability, you’ll find a rewarding ride. The area is great if you're looking for a challenge. The countryside is beautiful, with tracks and routes for all abilities to enjoy. YHA Hathersage is a great place to explore cycling of all kinds. There are routes that cater from family-friendly to more intermediate riding. If you’re bringing the kids, a number of family-friendly and predominantly traffic-free trails offer the opportunity to imbue them with the biking bug in relative safety. The 14-mile Upper Derwent Valley Reservoir Circuit loops around three reservoirs, combining short sections of minor roads and extensive sections of traffic-free gravel track along the water’s edge. Alternatively, and for something a little out of the ordinary, take to the 8.5-mile Monsal Trail. Formerly a section of the London to Manchester railway line, it’s a flat leisure route with spectacular views and, best of all, a series of 400-metre railway tunnels. Family-friendly: •
High Peak Trail. Length17.5 miles/28km. This route combines a long inclines at the start, traffic free tracks, a limestone plateau and sweeping views. •
Monsal Trail. 8.5 miles/13.7km. This route takes you along Midland Railways former London to Manchester line, via tunnels, cuttings and dramatic viaduct heads. This route is mainly level, well surfaced and traffic-free. Confident off-road riders are spoilt for choice here. The 17-mile Hope and Edale Valley Circuit starts just up the road in Castleton. Killer climbs and hair-raising downhills combine to create a thrilling ride through Hope and Edale before you make a final, technically tricky descent below Peveril Castle and back into Castleton. For a suspension-rattling white-knuckle ride, divert at Barber Booth and extend the circuit to include the steep and rocky Jacob ’s Ladder descent. Intermediate riding: •
Hayfield Circuit. Length 12 miles/19km. This route has a good climb and interesting sections from Kinder reservoir down to the Pennine Bridleway. •
Hope and Edale Valley Circuit. Length 17 miles/27k. This route takes you from Castleton to Hope then on to Edale. This ride takes you on steep climbs and fast downhill tracks all topped off with great views! •
Jacobs Ladder from Barber Booth. Lenght 9.5 miles/15km. This route has plenty of climbing and steep descents and also takes in part of the Pennine way. •
The Stanage Circuit. 18.75 miles/30km. This route starts at Burbage Rocks and heads towards Redmires Reservoirs, with a great descent through Stanage Edge. Other tips After an exhausting but exhilarating day, head back to the hostel to store your bike and enjoy a square meal and a comfortable night’s sleep. You’ll need it, for tomorrow we ride. There are frequent train connections from Manchester and Sheffield from Hathersage stations that is just 10 minutes walk from the Hostel. Map and further information are available from reception. Cycle and workshop/maintanace available in Hope which is just 3 miles away. Up and coming events around the area are advertised around the hostel. Plan your route before you travel: Off Road Cycling Routes from Peak District Cycleways
Other things to do nearby
The stately home and 1000 acre park of the Duke of Devonshire.
The most important prehistoric site of the East Midlands, Arbor Low is a Neolithic henge monument atmospherically set amid high moorland. Some say that this is the finest Stone Age 'henge'
Take a trip to Bakewell and discover this charming Derbyshire Dales town. You'll find great shopping, plenty of spaces to relax and the famous Bakewell Pudding confection.
The tour starts with a short flight of steps before visitors can appreciate the awe-inspiring majesty of the natural caverns. Then as you go deeper the history of Blue John, or bleu-jaune,
There's world famous grit-stone routes and bouldering a short drive away, the nearest crag is just 300 metres from the hostel.
If you enjoy climbing, head for Stanage Edge. Along this 4-mile stretch of gritstone there’s a choice of 1000 challenges covering all grades.
Eyam is a stone's throw from the famous Peak District climbing areas of Stanage, Froggatt, Curbar and Stoney Middleton.
The Peak District offers an ideal landscape for the more experienced climber, with amazing crags and bouldering opportunities just minutes from the hostel door.
Attempt one of the many routes along the famous Stanage, Burbage and Millstone edges. England's finest grit-stone climbing boasts brilliant crags, cracks and bouldering to test your abilities.
Nearby Cheedale has a concentration of climbs unmatched anywhere else. Ravenstor Crag is the most ferocious crag in the whole of the Peak.
Cratcliffe Tor provides some of the area's most popular grit-stone climbs.
The Tissington Trail is just 5 minutes drive away and provides links to the beautiful village of Hartington and the market town of Ashbourne.
Prefer tarmac? You’ll find well-known hill climbs on our local roads. And there are family-friendly routes around Derwent Reservoir and the marvellous Monsal Trail.
YHA Eyam is an ideal location for enjoying one of the many circular cycling routes around the lovely Peak District.
YHA Hartington Hall is an ideal base to explore cycling of all natures from family friendly trails to endurance mountain biking routes.
One of the county’s most thriving attractions, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the ideal location for a family day out.