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A vast network of epic bridleways, steep gullies, splendid ridgelines and phenomenal views, mountain biking around Hope offers some of the most diverse trails in the region. This charming village lies in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park. Just east of the iconic Mam Tor and nestled in its own, pretty valley, it’s a hub for outdoor sports including those of the 50+ mm tire variety. 

There are MTB routes here to suit every taste. If you’re looking for family-friendly trails then a ride around Ladybower Reservoir is a great choice with different challenges for various ages. If you’re after a big day thrashing across the moorland plateaus and rolling down rocky trails, you won’t have any trouble finding adventures to turn your knuckles white. 

This part of the Peak District has magnificent views to accompany you on every stage of your ride and despite the wild feeling you get, you’re never too far from a village with pubs and cafes.

Intermediate
02:35
17.4 mi
Intermediate
01:51
14.5 mi
Intermediate
03:10
21.2 mi
Difficult
04:23
31.5 mi
Intermediate
02:20
16.8 mi
Difficult
06:18
40.7 mi
Intermediate
02:06
14.3 mi
Intermediate
04:35
39.9 mi
Difficult
02:13
12.8 mi
Difficult
03:08
17.8 mi
Difficult
01:43
10.6 mi
Intermediate
03:39
25.9 mi
Intermediate
01:21
9.93 mi
Difficult
01:17
7.54 mi
Intermediate
01:35
10.5 mi
Easy
01:09
8.22 mi
Difficult
04:01
28.7 mi
Intermediate
01:29
9.97 mi
Easy
00:50
5.60 mi
Intermediate
00:45
5.00 mi

The 20 best MTB rides around Hope

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    Intermediate
    02:35
    17.4 mi
    6.7 mph
    2,100 ft
    2,075 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    Intermediate
    01:51
    14.5 mi
    7.9 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    Intermediate
    03:10
    21.2 mi
    6.7 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,425 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    Difficult
    04:23
    31.5 mi
    7.2 mph
    3,225 ft
    3,225 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    Intermediate
    02:20
    16.8 mi
    7.2 mph
    2,025 ft
    2,025 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    Difficult
    06:18
    40.7 mi
    6.5 mph
    5,750 ft
    5,750 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    Intermediate
    02:06
    14.3 mi
    6.8 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    Intermediate
    04:35
    39.9 mi
    8.7 mph
    2,825 ft
    2,825 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    Difficult
    02:13
    12.8 mi
    5.8 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.
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    Difficult
    03:08
    17.8 mi
    5.7 mph
    2,850 ft
    2,850 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    Difficult
    01:43
    10.6 mi
    6.2 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    Intermediate
    03:39
    25.9 mi
    7.1 mph
    2,850 ft
    2,850 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    Intermediate
    01:21
    9.93 mi
    7.4 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    01:17
    7.54 mi
    5.8 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    Intermediate
    01:35
    10.5 mi
    6.6 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    Easy
    01:09
    8.22 mi
    7.2 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    04:01
    28.7 mi
    7.1 mph
    3,400 ft
    3,400 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    Intermediate
    01:29
    9.97 mi
    6.7 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    Easy
    00:50
    5.60 mi
    6.8 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    00:45
    5.00 mi
    6.7 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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Ride fantastic ridgelines with sweeping views

Mountain biking from the Hope Valley gives you a huge range of trails to choose from and you can ride off road as far and wide as you like. Mam Tor at the head of the valley is one of the most incredible objectives and you can reach it by heading uphill to Hollins Cross for some exceptional views before working your way along the ridge to the summit of Mam Tor. To descend, Cave Dale is an expert and white knuckle ride whilst neighbouring Pin Dale is more forgiving.

If you want to start and stay high, you can park near Mam Tor on Rushup Edge.

Enjoy something for every ability at Ladybower 

There are some seriously beautiful MTB rides from Hope Valley to Ladybower Reservoir, one of the national park’s most impressive bodies of water. If you’re up for a challenge, you can begin in Hope and ascend along the Hope Brink hillside and follow the ridge along to the north end of the reservoir at Haggwater. You can ride onwards to the north eastern strand of the water or head southwards along the shore or higher through the woods. The low trails here are great for families. 

A big day out can take you past the reservoir to Derwent Edge, where outstanding views await along with singletrack and some thrilling rocky trails. Moorland, forest, craggy rocks – this area is true Peaks. 

Linking Edale and Hope

The glory of mountain bike rides in the Hope Valley is this: you’re not constrained by the relative slow speed of hiking or the roads that cars must stick to. One of the best ways to make the most of Hope’s epic location is to ride a loop to Edale and back, taking in skyline ridges, forest trails and valley floors. You’ve got a ton of options to link these gorgeous valleys together, it all depends on how much you love grindy hills and adrenaline descents.


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