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

Mountain Biking Collection by
The Outdoor City Sheffield

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 Hamburg. 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.

Hamburg and mountains...two words you don’t often hear together. Although you’re sure to have a lot of fun on your mountain bike even in the far north in the "Harburg mountains" directly on the edge of the city or the sandy trails in the Lüneburger Heide – it’s a lot of fun. But, let's be honest, every now and then you want to ride your mountain bike in the very terrain that gave it its name – which means traveling out of Hamburg.

From Hamburg, one of the closest possibilities to really collect altitude meters is the Harz Mountains. The journey by car takes about three hours. And now, pay attention: you can fly from Hamburg to Manchester in almost the same amount of time and travel the final miles to Sheffield with the train. A real English trail centre instead of a German low mountain range and a real holiday adventure instead of a normal weekend – what are you waiting for?

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
You can reach Sheffield quickly and cheaply by flying directly from Hamburg to Manchester. There are daily flights with various airlines, such as cheap flights from Ryanair and EasyJet. From Manchester airport, take the express train to Sheffield, which takes just over an hour.

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.

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.

On The Map

Tours & Highlights

  • 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 carry 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, but you always have a great view. Plus, as you know, the finale comes to a close so you can look forward to a fine reward: a rock'n'roll moderate dose of downhill action! Especially the technical descent at the end of the tour through the Stanage Plantation is a rocky treat.Let's go to the parking lot below Stanage Edge, a stunning ridge that is also popular among climbers. From here you drive through picturesque countryside and earn yourself by the way a few meters. The magnificent views are just to enjoy as you pedal through Burbage Valley and then descend gently sloping trails to Ringinglow and over old back roads to Houndkirk Moor.A quick rocky descent follows a little bit of asphalt, before you get into one of the narrower passages of the Peak District with steep and technical singletrack that lead you down through the Blacka Moor.It continues: A small climb leads you back to the Houndkirk Moor, from there you come to the really beautiful "Blue Steel Trail" in the Lady Cannings Plantations, which is classified as blue (= moderate). A short stretch of road leads you to the Redmires Reservoirs.On an unpaved road you now climb up to the Stanage Pole. Do not worry, the higher you get, the more enjoyable the climb will be. And when you arrive at the top, you really deserve a little break with a wonderful view. Take a deep breath and look forward to the subsequent descent. Incidentally, here are two options: There is a wide, fast track and a narrow, steep and technical trail. You have the choice - come down! Both routes lead you back to the parking lot.Tip:
    Although the parking area mentioned here is probably the best starting point for this tour, there are a few more parking spaces that are also suitable for getting started. Alternatively, you can also take the train from Sheffield to Hathersage and join them from there.

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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 the spring, when the bells are blooming, and in autumn, when the whole park landscape radiates a magical mix of colors, this route is particularly appealing, but of course it is fun in every season. The trails are not so technical, which is why they are also used in the locals for Nightrides.The goal of the tour is the "Hunter's Bar" roundabout, a popular biker hangout and start another route that leads out of the city (komoot.de/tour/79529380). With both "Sheffield Links" together you can build great tours in the Peak District and back.Attention: Often on this route bike paths and footpaths are more or less parallel to each other. Make sure you stay on the bike path.

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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.Let's go to the entrance of a parking lot near the "Hunter's Bar" roundabout. This is a popular meeting place for Sheffield bikers - maybe you even get in touch with one or the other Local when you start here.The whole route is just 5.5 kilometers long and leads you comfortably through green Parklandaschaften. Only at the end, when you come to the suburban grove Porter Clough, it gets a bit steeper. Once at the top you have good visibility and you can already see the end of the short tour. Now you're warmed up for the real trail adventure!Attention: Often on this route bike paths and footpaths are more or less parallel to each other. Make sure you stay on the bike path.

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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 say (almost) without exaggeration that there are thousands of cool trails in this area that traverse the Blacka Moors, Totley Moors and Houndkirk Moors. Some of them are great for bicycling in both directions, while others are classic "one-way trails" - like our favorite Blacka Plantation descent.To keep you from getting confused, this tour combines the trails of the area into a true "best of", a true classic in the Peak District. You start at the Norfolk Arms hotel parking lot, from where you will be able to get straight to the trail paradise of Lady Canning's Plantation. From here, a wide but surprisingly interesting trail leads right through the middle of Houndkirk Moor - breathtaking views of the Derwent Valley and the Kinder Plateau.A short stretch of road, followed by a bridle path, serves as a transfer to Totley Moor, where a beautiful, hidden single trail winds around Wimble Holme Hill. If the weather is very humid, you better stay on the road (A625) until you cross the A6187 and take the bridleway that starts here - it is a bit less swampy.A short climb brings you back to the road and a little later to a highlight of this tour: the descent on a riding path through the Blacka Moor and the "Devil's Elbow" Trail. Over tight serpentines, bumpy rock passage, slippery roots and a few tight bends leads you down this great descent on the shorts Lane - a big grin included.Another climb - first on asphalt, later on gravel - and you come to the start of the last departure of this tour. The Lady Canning's Blue Steel Trail was recently completed and with its sleek curves, waves and jumps makes for a fantastic finale of this tour!Tip: The Norfolk Arms is not only a good starting point for this tour. There is a large parking lot here and you can stop off after the tour and strengthen yourself. Of course there are also rooms, so you could set up your Sheffield Basecamp directly here.

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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 carry 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 still not enough for you, you can easily extend it by hanging on some nice bows. There are plenty of trails here - for example around the Ladybower Dam. We can highly recommend the driveway up to the Derwent Moor and especially the following descents.So the route starts at the station in Hope. A side road leads you to a riding trail on Win Hill. On the mountain ridge, a great single trail awaits you, leading to a rocky downhill spewing you down on Snake Road. You pass the legendary "Potatoe Alley", which got its name due to the size and shape of the distinctive rocks.Now it is very gentle uphill and it is quite possible that a lot of curious sheep watching the pedaling. The reward for this climb comes in the form of the "Hagg Farm" downhill, a flowing descent that leads you down to the Ladybower Dam. The crisp climb across the road below the Bamford Edge is immediately rewarded with a fantastic view.Now you drive along the dam and over its dam - time to breathe in peace and to enjoy the beautiful landscape and the water. And to gather strength for the last, slightly longer climb up the Stanage Plantation to the Redmire Reservoir. Once at the top, a selection of beautiful runs back to Sheffield awaits you.Tip:
    To plan the train connection from Sheffield to Hope, it's best to go to thetrainline.com. The journey takes less than half an hour and costs about 7 euros.

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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 carry 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, challenging climbs and technical descents - all on this unique sandstone with the typical rock formations known as "Millstone Grit" because they were formerly used as millstones ,Start is in Hope, where already the first demanding climb waiting for you, which brings you up to the "Hope Cross" and thereby leads over old routes of the transport horses. Once at the top you can enjoy the magnificent view for a moment and then look forward to the first descent. And that's not some downhill. She is notorious, though she may not spread the same "horror" as she did 20 years ago. It's not for nothing that it's called "The Beast" and it's peppered with thick boulders - it's definitely still a lot of fun, but modern mountain bikes take it easy these days.Once at the bottom, the next meters are already waiting for you. They listen to the name "Hagg Farm Trail" and here you should drive a bit forward-looking, because this trail is also used as a downhill - so it may well be that you drivers meet. Speaking of Downhill: The next departure is not long in coming. It's called "Lockerbrook Downhill" and leads directly down to the Derwent Reservoir, where you can breathe a bit on the following shallow passage. At the Derwent Visitor Center you can relax and enjoy a cup of coffee.A demanding climb is still waiting for you. After the break at the dam, the uphill to the Grindle Clough brings you back up to operating temperature. At first it is very steep, but do not worry: Towards the end it will be a bit more relaxed. And of course it's worth it. With high speed and many rocks, it is now almost only downhill. Pure mountain bike enjoyment as the culmination of the tour!Tip:
    This tour is great for stopping the car and taking the train from Sheffield to the starting point for Hope (or alternatively Bamford). The train journey takes less than half an hour and costs around seven euros. At both stations you have the opportunity to get some food for the tour. The right connection can be found at thetrainline.com.

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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 carry 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!In fact, Jacob's Ladder is the highlight of the tour, which awaits you towards the end. Before you start in Edale and can look forward to a varied ride with many vertical meters. Rise to the Hollins Cross awaits you a technical increase - can you do it without dropping one foot off the pedal? In any case, in the end, you can be proud of yourself and enjoy your reward in the form of the great view.Take a breather, because you are still not at the top! A hill called "Mam Tor" and the subsequent "Rushup Edge" still want to be climbed. Join in your strength, because although it gets a little flatter here, it has the upsurge in it.The subsequent downhill towards Hayfield is a real hammer, mountain bike action at its best. And then she comes: Jacob's ladder! A steep, technical climb leads around 250 meters uphill in a row - before it goes fast, technically and with interesting curves and grooves back downhill. Downhill fun at it's best, taking you back to Edale via Upper Booth.The starting point of the tour is the easiest way to get from Shefffield by train. The journey takes about half an hour and costs about nine euros. If you prefer to come by car, you can find parking spaces below Mam Tor or directly in Hayfield.Tip:
    There are plenty of places to eat in Edale. However, a relatively large number of tourists come here - so expect that something can be going on here.

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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, but also totally uncomplicated by train. You start at Café Adventure - maybe you enjoy a freshly brewed coffee before your adventure?Now begins the quite technical tour, which transports you right at the beginning over cobbled streets and rocky steps to a great vantage point with a view of the reservoir. At the top, it pays to stop and take a deep breath - then follows a magnificent descent on an ancient path that brings you down through wide meadows to the lake. The descent is not particularly difficult, so you can occasionally let your eyes wander into the distance to enjoy the great vision.Arriving at the lakeshore, a flat, relaxed passage awaits you - always along the water, you drive casually towards the dam, where you once again have a particularly beautiful view of the lake. Then the route leads back to Hope - look forward to a delicious cake or a fresh sandwich in Café Adventure!

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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 the Lady Canning's Plantation Trail Center is that it is located just outside Sheffield and can be reached from the city center with almost no traffic on the mountain bike (via this tour: komoot.de/tour / 79529380).After the short but fun journey you are already warm and can not wait to accelerate on the specially created trails. There are only two of them so far, but they are so much fun that you can enjoy yourself here for a while. It does not matter if you are a true biking professional or if you take a bike trip with the whole family. The trails are so sophisticated that beginners and advanced alike can have fun.Once you reach the bottom, you can pedal up to the start again via an easy-to-ride path - and the fun starts all over again! Alternatively, the trail center is also a great starting point for longer tours of the Peak District.After you have romped on the trails, our route leads you directly to the typical English pub called "Norfolk Arms". Here you can relax and enjoy a refreshing drink. Maybe you also meet the one or the other local again, which you have previously met on the trails. If you want to get in contact with local bikers, this tour is best suited for you!

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Collection Stats

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

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