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LADYBOWER PEAK DISTRICT

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

LOTS OF FAST ROCKY TECHNICAL DESCENTS, GREAT VIEWS AND SOME LONG UP HILL PARTS FOR THE ROADIE MOUNTAIN BIKERS.
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Latitude
53.399605087105854
Longitude
-1.7413330078125
Trail Directions
TAKE THE A57 OUT OF SHEFFIELD
Trail Length
15miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Sheffield
   


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Review Date
June 27, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rumbledethumps ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The other reviewers have said it all really. Went there today with a mate. Head for Hope and park there if heading by car. 'The Beast' rightfully deserves its name. This place has it all. Best to take knee protection whatever your discipline of riding. Superb.



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Review Date
February 4, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Dannydrift ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
As many top-notch ups and downs as you can manage. A few flowing moorland tracks, but mostly rocky ,filling-loosening descents and manageable climbs (if you seek out the easier options). Not blessed with singletrack, but you'll be glad of multiple line choices!

Recommended Route:
Go to flattyresmtbroutes.com and look for the Ladybower Medium. I also like to add a detour via Whinstone Lee Tor at the start. This makes it a 'five ups and five downs'route - five and a half each if you count Jaggers Clough. This route also makes the climbs as easy possible so you have something left to hold on over the rocks on the downs! The downhills on this route are multi-lined rockfests. A really good challenge (as I ride a hardatail) to carry enough speed to avoid going over the bars, but retaining some control. My top tips are: Treat the Whinstone descent to the Ladybower Inn as an intro. Use the natural berms on the Hagg Farm downhill. On the Blackley Hey descent look for the gnarlier looking lines that are made up of solid rock rather than moving boulders. Nail the last descent for all you are worth - it is probably the best of all!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you use this as a basis, you can use some others. There is the Beast of Hope Cross (don't ride this unless you really like a beating)! The classic Edale - Mam Tor - Rushup Edge - Roych Clough - Coldwell Clough - Hayfield - Middle Moor - Edale Cross - Jacobs Ladder route is also awesome. This is harder than the Ladybower route and has no real bale-outs - this is the first big off-roader I attempted, and it nearly ended me!



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Review Date
March 5, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: capone ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is probably my fave natural route. Contary to popular belief I reaken the clockwise route is best round here. really long technical climb up teh stone slabs to the gate, tehn a nice bit od single track that climbs so well you would swear you were decending. then from teh view point smoe of teh greatest grassy downhill in the the area, loads of lines to take , little jumps to take and speed !
teh other side of teh dam there is another challenging climb up to another great bit of gradual decent before ........ turn right for the BEAST !!
a rocky steep challenging technical drop into the unknown!.
great ride.

Recommended Route:
clockwise from signposted parking.



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Review Date
March 10, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: leigh , from sheffield

Summary:
there is so many routes in the peak district but the derwent is my favourite (be warned that there are many levels of fitness required for this area)especialy for going over win hill and lockerbrook but all in all u will find what ever u need in this area fromm beginer to seasoned nutt case

Recommended Route:
from the visitors centre across the front of the dam wall take a sharp left and follow the trail all the way round derwent moor also aroound howden back to the visitors centre and then go all the way round the bottom edge of the lady bower res back on the a57

Other recommended trails in the same area:
there are so many to mention take ur bike and head for the hills it will take u somewhere ps watch the weather it can change from 1 minute to the other



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Review Date
November 9, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Paul Smith , from Oxon

Summary:
The best trail I've ridden in the UK. Start at Hope, head up to Hope Cross, stright over and down to the A57 - down a rocky descent that still scares me and I've ridden it tens of times!. Up and over to LadyBower down some smooth rolling single (well almost) track steepening and becoming a bit rutted and twisty down to the perimeter road. Nice stop at the Cafe for re-fuelling. Then under the dam and along the East of the reservoir for a while - up a stone climb (only ever ridden to the gate once!) and up and across the moors. The reward is a storming smooth singletrack section that goes on for a few miles. It's quiet here as well, as you're away from the honeypot of Edale/Ladybower. This starts off flat and deceptively quick (watch for the boggy bits!). Then you climb over the saddle and descend the moorland down a smooth twisty track peppered with large smooth boulders. Glorious riding!. Loop round and through the woods, and you get dumped out at the A57 road bridge. Across the bridge, North along Ladybower, and climb (tarmc) up to the farm... watch out for the bull in the field! and foillow the treeline along a grassy multi-track blast. Next descent? Down a bermed rocky hairpinned landrover track, becoming straighter and more rocky the further down you go... over the A57 again (stop, look and listen and all that!) and continue down the rocks to the bridge at the bottom... Final climb, and what a git! The first bit is rideable, up to the hairpin. Then I defy anyone without an engine driven Enduro bike to complete the climb! Remount as you near Hope Cross. To finish the day I like the descent you first climbed up... fast , rocky and loose, but safe enough... and of course, a pint of Wards in the Cheshire Cheese at Hope before collapsing, knackered and happy!

Recommended Route:
LadyBower triple loop from Hope - about 25-30 miles long - all but 3-4 miles off-road - needs a decent level of fitness and ability and preparation - know how to look after yourself stuck out on the high trails - the going is generally smooth but rocky, hard and energy sapping (even the downs!), but incredibly rewarding.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Can extend this one in lots of way, reverse the direction of the loops etc.



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