July 30, 2001
5 of 5
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3.00 of 5,
Reviewed by: GLENN COSTIN
, from ASHTON-U-LYNE
I completed this ride on the hottest day of the year.The route is over 38 miles long and involves about 3890 ft of climbing and involves all types of trail you can imagine.It starts with a 7mile spin on a cycle track that in my opinion is one of the most picturesque
in the country(dispite the pylons).Then climb onto open moorland to the first summit.Then fly down the rutted track and farm tracks towards Langsett and begin the climb again on moorland towards Margery Hill.This is mostly ridable(with a lot of effort in 30 degree heat) in dry conditions but in wet,winter conditions,forget it!as you are on real moorland with peat groughs etc.The descent down to Fairhomes is off road riding at its best.The only critisism is the tourist within a mile of the car parks.Continue down to the viaduct at Ladybower and start the steep climb up to crook hill fm.This is quite a long climb,but the Views are outstanding(as are all the views on this ride).Once at the top,there is a gentle tree lined descent to a junction then a break neck descent to the Snake road.Now begins a five mile slog up the Snake Pass.Near the top,turn right and climb further on a bridleway to the summit of Doctors gate.This begins a four mile,mega
technical single track descent.Do be carefull here,as a fall near the top could result in DEATH...No BULLS**T.
I had to walk/carry for half this distance.Towards the bottom,it levels out and the riding becomes easier.Drop into Old Glossop and work your way over the last road climb(very wearily)into Hadfield.
This route in my opinion is superb but is must not be under estimated.I was over seven hours in the saddle and due to the heat,consumed about six litres of liquid.In winter or bad conditions,I would think very seriously about attempting it as the route goes over some very hostile ground.Having said that,choose a decent day and go for it.If you have never ridden in the Peak District before,this ride has it all.
AS DESCRIBED IN THE TIM BANTON BOOK Mountain Bike Rides in the Peak District.And use the Dark Peak OS map.
Other recommended trails in the same area:
Edale/Hayfield/Castleton trails,Goyt Vally,Hartington area and Macc Forest