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With the Peak District National Park occupying half the county and rolling, rural countryside the rest, cycling in Derbyshire offers something new each day. Ride into the Dark Peak, following dramatic valleys under gritstone escarpments and challenging ascents for outstanding views across heathlands and moors. 

Exploring cycle routes in Derbyshire’s White Peak region sends you spinning through verdant, limestone dales alongside chortling rivers and past thriving meadows. The Peak District might sound hilly, but you can choose between tough routes and gentle, flatter rides with ease.

Derbyshire holds many more beautiful bike rides outside the national park and family-friendly rides can be found following lazy waterways and peaceful disused railway tracks. A largely rural county, you’ll ride bridleways and lanes past hedgerows, through vibrant deciduous woodlands and over gentle, patchwork hills. 

From Bakewell’s postcard houses to Hathersage’s gorgeous valley setting, bike rides will take you past many of Derbyshire’s undeniably beautiful settlements. 


Top 20 cycling routes in Derbyshire

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    Difficult
    02:16
    19.1 mi
    8.4 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    2
    Difficult
    02:07
    17.7 mi
    8.3 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    Intermediate
    03:31
    31.2 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    4
    Difficult
    06:16
    50.5 mi
    8.1 mph
    2,000 ft
    2,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    5
    Difficult
    03:19
    26.4 mi
    8.0 mph
    2,000 ft
    2,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    6
    Difficult
    02:53
    22.6 mi
    7.8 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,150 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    7
    Difficult
    03:18
    22.9 mi
    7.0 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    8
    Intermediate
    02:54
    27.2 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    9
    Difficult
    04:55
    40.0 mi
    8.1 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    10
    Intermediate
    03:45
    26.0 mi
    6.9 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    11
    Difficult
    03:18
    29.9 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    12
    Intermediate
    01:42
    12.7 mi
    7.4 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    13
    Difficult
    04:49
    37.7 mi
    7.8 mph
    3,275 ft
    3,275 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    14
    Intermediate
    00:59
    7.12 mi
    7.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.
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    15
    Difficult
    01:57
    12.5 mi
    6.4 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    16
    Difficult
    01:44
    14.7 mi
    8.4 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    17
    Intermediate
    03:40
    27.6 mi
    7.5 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    18
    Difficult
    05:00
    42.6 mi
    8.5 mph
    3,450 ft
    3,450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    19
    Difficult
    03:34
    32.1 mi
    9.0 mph
    2,850 ft
    2,850 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    20
    Difficult
    05:15
    42.3 mi
    8.0 mph
    2,375 ft
    2,375 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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