I've put together a Collection of my favourite lockdown rides that I've done this year with my pals, which have all been catering for my pregnant self too. All of the rides in this Collection are relatively short but sweet, and nine times out of ten include a cake stop along with a decent view!
All of the Tours here are suitable for gravel or mountain bikes. I've been using an E-bike for some of them too, a must for some of the hills in these parts! I'm so stoked that I was still able to ride my bike during my pregnancy and really enjoyed planning my Tours on here to ensure they are going to be suitable as well as enjoyable. Different from my usual type of riding perhaps, but just as much fun.
Most of these rides I'd done before, however when planning the Tours again I did a lot of switching out some of the climbs for gentler gradients to make the rides more manageable whilst pregnant. I have also adapted my gravel bike from drop bars to flat bars and changed the positioning so that I was more comfortable on these rides. Towards the end of my pregnancy I opted for my E-bike as I wouldn't have been able to do any of the climbs at all without some help.
Distance wise, all these rides are quite short, and this was really important for me to factor in towards the end of my pregnancy so that I was never too far from my car! Moving away from more hardcore MTB tech was sad but necessary so I could keep both me and the bump safe and sound, but I was still able to chuck in the odd bit of fun single track that I could take at a slower speed than usual!
This was my first ride out on the Ampler e-bike. We headed down into Matlock, through the park and up and over Starkholmes.
After dropping down to Cromford Canal, we rode along to Homesford Cottage Tearooms (the best cafe spot in this area) for lunch and cake.
We then headed back along the canal towards…
This has to be the easiest red-rated MTB run at a trail centre I've done! Sherwood Pines trail centre comes highly recommended for beginners and those who like it mellow but still very enjoyable. The route is relatively flat but super fun.
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This is my favourite intro to a MTB ride in the Peaks, and it can be done on a gravel bike when it's dry. It's probably not the ideal bike choice in the winter though as it gets super muddy in places.
Highlights are Froggatt Edge and a sweet cake and coffee stop in the Curbar Gap car park. There's also…
A short but sweet round trip from Cromford Meadows out to the Incline, down to Homesford Tearooms and back along the canal.
The ride up through the woods is semi technical, the bridleway is rooty and steep in places. The descent down to Homesford is super fun and flowy.
Lea Road is still closed due to…
Nice mellow gravel ride. Start at Cromford Meadows with a cruise along the canal to High Peak Junction. Off the canal here for a nice climb up to Holloway to Long lane, one of the nicest and quiet roads in the area. Once at the top of Long Lane there is a really fun road descent through Holloway all…
This was a really nice out-and-back Tour from Hope to Castleton. The highlights were certainly the Broken Road and the descent down the popular Winnats Pass.
There's also a quiet lane into Castleton which is a much better alternative to the direct route in.
A super easy gravel ride around Shipley Park. There's beautiful views over the lakes here, minimal climbing and good hard packed surfaces, which is perfect for a tame gravel ride. There's certainly options to expand and explore more, too.
We packed hot chocolates and even whipped cream for the most amazing mid-ride treat!
Bike Touring Collection by Dan Hobson
Bike Touring Collection by komoot
Mountain Biking Collection by 3-Länder Enduro Trails
Road Cycling Collection by Irland