Mountain Biking Highlight
Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)
Planned by The Outdoor City Sheffield
Sitting tight against the eastern boundary of the Peak District National Park, and only a few short miles from Sheffield, the trails on Blacka Moor are popular with locals who ride them often as quick evening blasts, even in winter – get your lights out! It’s no exaggeration when we say there’s about a zillion ways (okay, maybe a *slight* exaggeration) of linking the trails on Blacka Moor, Totley Moor and Houndkirk Moor. Some trails lend themselves to being ridden in either direction, while some are very much a one-way affair, such as our preferred drop through Blacka Plantation.Making the most of the fine riding in the area, this loop is a bona fide Peak District classic. Kicking off from the Norfolk Arms, halfway up Ringinglow Road, the route begins on the byway over Houndkirk Moor. This classic, wide (yet surprisingly interesting) track leads across the moor, with expansive views from the summit towards the Derwent Valley and Kinder Plateau. Brief road work then leads to a bridleway and track on Totley Moor and a fine piece of hidden narrow singletrack that contours around Wimble Holme Hill. If the weather's bad, instead of turning off onto the bridleway, carry on the A625 until it intersects with the A6187 and use that bridlepath; it's a little less boggy!A quick climb leads back to the road and a highlight of the route: the bridleway drop down through Blacka and the Devil’s Elbow. Serpentine singletrack leads to rock gardens, roots and a few tight bends before you emerge on Shorts Lane with a massive grin. A winch back up the hill - first on tarmac then on rough byway - leads to the final descent on the recently developed Lady Cannings blue-grade trail. Berms, rollers and jumps ensure you finish on a high after a job well done.The Norfolk Arms is an excellent place to start and stop - large carpark, food and drink, and rooms are also available.