Stage 3: Bamford to Glossop — ORTLIEB Escape Routes UK
Includes very steep uphill segments
You may need to push your bike.
0.66 mi in total
Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)
ORTLIEB waterproof planned a gravel ride.
April 16, 2021
On this third stage, cross the national park to the west, joining the Pennine Bridleway to skirt the edge of Manchester.
Start with a gentle climb from Bamford back towards Ladybower Reservoir, this time taking the lovely paved road to the west and up the banks of the River Ashop. With warmed up legs, tackle the steep incline of ‘The Beast’ singletrack to head west, but make sure you keep an eye open for any mountain bikers zooming down as you ride - or more likely push - up here.
Enjoy the more techy track of Jaggers Clough down to the river and back up again, before the magnificent descent into the Hope Valley.
The biggest climb of the stage is next on the menu, firstly up to Hollins Cross and then along the ridgeline and up to Mam Tor. Soak in the far-reaching views from up here: you’ll have worked hard to earn them!
Enjoy some easy miles on the tarmac Sheffield Road before peeling off onto the bridleway leading to The Street, which is where you’ll join the well-loved Pennine Bridleway. Essentially, you’ll be following this well-marked way for the remainder of the trip, all the way up to Kirkby Stephen.
Descend from The Street’s high point at Mount Famine down to Hayfield and the River Sett, crossing over before the last climb of the stage up past Lantern Pike. Join Monk’s Road for a fast descent into Glossop, a town on the edge of the Peak District and Manchester city where you’ll find plenty of options for an overnight stay and places to eat.