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Mountain biking into the cradle of the Trail Center – Outdoor City Sheffield

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Mountain biking into the cradle of the Trail Center – Outdoor City Sheffield

Mountain Biking Collection by The Outdoor City Sheffield

9

Tours

16:18 h

107 mi

13,075 ft

Action-packed trails by day and pubs and sightseeing by night – mountain biking in the beautiful landscape of the Peak District is full of surprises — and only a two hours flight away from Germany. In the middle of England, a stone’s throw from the pulsating and historic city of Sheffield, you will find fantastic views and a very special mountain bike culture. The region is, after all, famed as the birthplace of the Trail Center. Sounds like a fantastic bike holiday package that is almost too good to be true? Not at all! In this Collection, we show you the best trails outside of the city as well as why Sheffield is a great alternative to well-known biking areas.

If you don't live close to the Alps or in the middle of the Black Forest you usually expect travel a certain distance when considering a “genuine” biking holiday. With few “real” mountains on your doorstep, the german low mountain ranges, Czech biking regions, or the classic Alps often mean you have to plan at least two days to get there and back. In comparison, Sheffield is easy to get to: from several german airports there are many (and cheap) flight connections to Manchester where you can take a fast train to your destination. In the time you would spend melting in your car on the motorway on your way to the Alps, you can already get on your bike in Sheffield!

Sheffield is the outdoor city of the United Kingdom. With excellent conditions for climbing, hiking, racing and of course mountain biking, you’ll find your sporting paradise here. Sheffield is particularly well known among mountain bikers – not least because one of the greatest bike legends Downhill World Champion Steve Peat comes from there. To the west of Sheffield, you will find the Peak District National Park, an area with fantastic biking opportunities. From challenging day trips to fun after work trail experiences in a typical British trail park – every kind of mountain biking is possible here. And, that’s not all: trails lead out of Sheffield, far away from car traffic, and into a bikers’ heaven. Alternatively, trains run from Sheffield to the trails so you can safely leave your car at home and get there by rail.

Once you've exhausted yourself on your bike, the adventure is far from over. A trip to England is always something special. After biking, you can relax in a cosy English pub and immerse yourself in the city’s culture. Sheffield has a long history and there is much to discover. You will find many small breweries, street art, exhibitions and interesting sights, accompanied by the lively sounds of street buskers who accompany you on your journey of discovery – a cultural experience that will make your (bike) holiday in Sheffield an all-round perfect adventure!


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Arrival by plane
The best way to reach Sheffield rom Germany is to fly direct to Manchester. Flights run daily from here with low-cost airlines such as EasyJet or Ryanair. Both airlines also carry your bike for an extra charge, provided you register it in good time. From Manchester airport, take the express train to Sheffield, which takes just over an hour. You can easily plan your train journeys in England, here: de.britrail.net

Remember that for express trains in England you have to book on your bike in advance. You can find information about bicycle reservations on your train company’s website. As there are many different train companies in England, there is no general rule of thumb. However, usually, you can make a (free) bicycle reservation at the train company’s service desk at your departure station, but make sure you arrive with enough time before the train leaves. It’s worth bearing in mind that there is normally not much space for a large bike bag in English express train carriages, so you may want to consider packing light.

Arrival by train
The journey by train takes longer, but compared to a trip to the Alps, it is not so far away and much more sustainable than a flight. The fastest way to reach Sheffield by train is to take the ICE and Eurostar. For this, it makes sense to pack the bike as small as possible. If you take off both wheels and pack the bike in a compact bag, it will go through in the ICE as a piece of luggage. In the Eurostar, there is a maximum baggage length of 85 cm and you also have to register your bike in advance. You can find more information, here: de.oui.sncf/de/eurostar/services

Bike rental in Sheffield
Having your own bike with you is a great thing – but you can travel more cheaply and comfortably without a bike. A great alternative is to rent a bike when you arrive. In and around Sheffield, there are several bike shops with high quality rental mountain bikes. At theoutdoorcity.co.uk you will find links to various offers.

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    Difficult
    02:16
    15.9 mi
    7.0 mph
    1,825 ft
    1,825 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour (in the form of a slightly misshapen eight) takes you through some of the favorite trails of many Sheffield locals and is superbly out of town on the two trails out into nature and back into town (https: // www. komoot.com/tour/79529380 and komoot.de/tour/79533659).Especially at the beginning of the round a bit of asphalt is waiting for you, …

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  • Easy
    00:39
    3.40 mi
    5.2 mph
    725 ft
    25 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This route is very convenient if you do not feel like driving, but still want to get on the trails just outside Sheffield. It will take you straight to the Peak District, where you can take the Stanage Circuit Tour or choose one of the many trails at Blacka Moor and Totley Moor. By the way, the track has a lot to offer - especially great views to enjoy.

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  • Easy
    00:37
    5.57 mi
    9.1 mph
    375 ft
    650 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    South of Sheffield are the "Ecclesall Woods", a small forest area, through which some trails run. And over these trails, you come wonderfully in the Peak District - so you can leave the car. Alternatively, this route is also a return to the city if you have previously worked on the trails in Lady Canning's Plantation and Blacka Moor.In …

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  • Intermediate
    01:38
    10.7 mi
    6.6 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    On the eastern edge of the Peak District National Park, just a few miles outside Sheffield, you'll find numerous trails through Blacka Moor. They are a popular biking destination for the Sheffield locals, who like to do their night riding here - even in winter. So, if it does not work during the day: light on and off!One can …

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  • Difficult
    03:03
    19.7 mi
    6.5 mph
    2,625 ft
    2,100 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    If you live in Sheffield or go on vacation, you're in luck because there are so many mountain bike trails just outside the city. This tour is a lot of fun and brings you a car-free day: By train you drive out of town, on the bike and on great trails back.This tour is quite a challenge. If it's …

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  • Difficult
    02:35
    17.3 mi
    6.7 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    In the northern part of the Peak District, also called "Dark Peak", we could perform a whole series of tours as true classics. But there is a round that stands out and would call just about any local if you ask about the tour in this area. This round brings together everything that is so much fun biking: great views, …

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  • Difficult
    02:34
    14.7 mi
    5.8 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,425 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Jacob's Ladder is a Uphill that is notorious among UK bikers. He is really demanding, leads across varied terrain in difficult terrain and always, if you think you've made it, comes a crisp rise on top. As sweaty as this trail is uphill, it's so much fun to go downhill. Once you have reached the top, a really good, fast descent awaits you!

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  • Intermediate
    02:14
    15.6 mi
    7.0 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    From Hope, this challenging tour starts across the hills of the Peak District towards the Ladybower Reservoir. On the way there are great trails, a few steep climbs, fun descents and beautiful views of you.Start of the tour is in Hope, a small town on the edge of the Peak District, which you can reach from Sheffield by car, …

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  • Easy
    00:44
    4.25 mi
    5.9 mph
    450 ft
    425 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Who invented it? Exactly: the English! We're talking about the Trail Center - a kind of bike park with a singletrack network specially designed for bikers, but it works without a lift and still is a lot of fun. Long before such trail centers became popular in Germany, this bike park culture developed in Great Britain. The special feature of …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    107 mi
  • Duration
    16:18 h
  • Elevation
    13,075 ft

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