Mountain Biking Highlight
Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)
Road Cycling Highlight
Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
Planned by The Outdoor City Sheffield
This route follows trails that have become firm favourites with many Sheffield locals, which easily link into the city via the Sheffield Links routes elsewhere in this Collection. Describing a lazy figure of eight, this circuit incorporates a fair amount of road work, especially at the beginning, but the views are great and the rewards are fantastic, as the best riding is left until last - full-bore helter skelter rock'n'roll downhill action. In particular, the final, technical descent down through the Stanage Plantation is a rocky delight!The route leaves the car park below Stanage and gain height easily (well, for a given value of 'easy') on tarmac, passing through picturesque terrain. The trails keep you pedalling as you enjoy the views as you swing by the Burbage Valley (optional route - see below), dropping slightly to Ringinglow and then head out across the ancient byways on Houndkirk Moor. A swift rocky descent and another brief section on tarmac lead to one of the Peak’s tighter bits of steep and technical singletrack, down through Blacka Plantation. The route then climbs back up to the Roman road across Houndkirk Moor before it takes in the truly excellent Lady Cannings blue trail, and another leisurely road section that weaves round to Redmires Reservoirs. The route leave the road here once again, and climbs to Stanage Pole (the climb gets more fun the higher up you go, you'll be pleased to hear). At the top, you can rest and enjoy the views before a quick blast on a wide track leads to a choice of two contrasting descents – narrow, steep and technical on ancient flagstones, or wide and fast. Here, the the route drops down the front of the edge for a spicy and steps slab of rocky singletrack, but if that's not your cup of tea just continue along the Long Causeway, which is a great fast descent back onto the road and an easy spin back to the car.The optional route mentioned above involves leaving the road at the Upper Burbage Bridge, and dropping below Burbadge Rocks and riding along the A6187 until you rejoin the route and head down the Devil's Elbow trail on Blacka Moor.Although the starting point here leaves arguably the very best descent to until the last, there are of course plenty of optional places to park up dotted along the route, or you could ride from Sheffield City Centre, or Hathersage (both of which possess train stations).