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Stage 2: Wirksworth to Bamford — ORTLIEB Escape Routes UK

Stage 2: Wirksworth to Bamford — ORTLIEB Escape Routes UK

48.1 mi
6.6 mph
4,875 ft
4,775 ft
Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.


More information

Includes a segment in which cycling is forbidden

You will have to dismount and push your bike.

134 yd in total

The surface of a segment of this Tour may not be suitable.

Some segments of your route comprise a surface that may not be suitable for your chosen sport.

270 yd in total

Tour Overview

Starting Point
142 yd

Brassington Lane climb

Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

2.75 mi

Climbing over towards Grangemill

Mountain Biking Highlight

20.3 mi

Climb out of Baslow

Mountain Biking Highlight

21.8 mi

Curbar Edge

Bike Touring Highlight

26.4 mi

Houndkirk Road

Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

33.8 mi

Long Causeway gravel

Bike Touring Highlight

35.3 mi

Redmires Upper Reservoir

Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

36.9 mi

Wyming Brook Drive

Bike Touring Highlight

43.4 mi

Derwent Edge Bridleway

Bike Touring Highlight

45.1 mi
48.0 mi
48.1 mi



Tour Profile


Singletrack: 7.18 mi
Path: 14.9 mi
Cycleway: 3.84 mi
Street: 1.87 mi
Road: 14.3 mi
State Road: 6.00 mi


Alpine: < 109 yd
Unpaved: 22.8 mi
Compacted Gravel: 1.01 mi
Paved: 8.37 mi
Asphalt: 15.1 mi
Unknown: 0.81 mi

Weather Forecast

ORTLIEB waterproof planned a gravel ride.

April 16, 2021


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    Buckle up for the most incredible day in the saddle, taking in some iconic Peak District trails and gorgeous stone villages. You'll need to pack your climbing legs for this stage too, it's a hilly one!

    You’ll take one of the easiest climbs out of the valley from Wirksworth on Brassington Lane, but be warned, this still features a gradient of up to 15%!

    Nearing the top of the climb, join the traffic-free High Peak Trail gravel track, heading west before a steep stretch up to the wind turbines to reach the highest point of this stage. The views are all yours as you follow the tracks into a rutted descent to Grangemill.

    After climbing back out of the valley, you’ll need to take Bonsallmoor Lane that runs parallel to the Derbyshire Portway footpath, before skirting around Winster to take the Islington Lane track, a gentle descent to Elton.

    Some historic features are up next as you head north, but you’ll need to dismount and access Robin Hood’s Stride and Nine Stones Close stone circle via the footpaths on the right of Cliff Lane.

    When you reach Alport, you’ll join the way of the Peak 200 bikepacking route (komoot.com/collection/913338/grit-and-rock-of-the-white-and-dark-peak-the-peak-200). If you’ve never visited Bakewell, you can take a detour from the route at this point to the iconic Peak District town. Be sure to try the proper Bakewell Pudding!

    After all the descending, it’ll now be time to point back uphill. Climb from Alport to the Chatsworth Estate, up past Haddon Park Farm and through Lees Moor Wood. Keep an eye out for deer as you pass through Chatsworth Park on the main road to Baslow.

    The next climb is more gradual, but also steeper in short parts. Thankfully the toughest bit comes first with the bridleway climb out of the village to Baslow Edge.

    You’ll take the singletrack path along Curbar Edge, with incredible views across the green valley on a bright day along the gritstone escarpment. Continue north through the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate and then finally Houndkirk Road. This brilliant moorland road is both wide and quite flat, which will offer some respite!

    Passing Lady Canning’s Plantation, taking the road towards Hathersage before turning onto The Dale via a short off road track descent.

    Turn onto North Lees road, a quiet tarmac stretch with Stanage Edge looming over you to the east. The ascent of Stanage is a fun and technical one on singletrack, up to the Long Causeway gravel road before summiting at Stanage Pole. Hopefully you’ll have a beautiful day, as the views here are absolutely terrific in clear conditions.

    After that tricky climb, make the most of the long descent past the Redmires Reservoirs and all the way down to the Manchester Road. Climb steeply over the other side of this main road and head west on the back lane, over to Hordron Edge. Take the rocky bridleway to Whinstone Lee viewpoint and on to descend the paved singletrack way down to Ladybower Reservoir. Now this is classic Peak District mountain biking at its finest!

    Back on much easier ground, take the flat gravel road along the reservoir edge south to cross Derwent Dam, then follow the water’s edge past Ladybower Wood to where the River Ashop joins the water.

    It’s an easy downhill pedal to the end of the stage in Bamford, where there are a few facilities including a train station, a few pubs and places to stay. If you’re looking for more, nearby Hathersage, a short ride away on the cycle path along the main road, has a lot more going on.

    • April 16, 2021

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Stage 2: Wirksworth to Bamford — ORTLIEB Escape Routes UK