Hope to Sheffield - Trails and Tales around Sheffield
Mountain Biking Highlight
Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)
The Outdoor City Sheffield planned a mountain bike ride.
March 26, 2019
One of the great things about living in (or close to) the glorious city of Sheffield is the mass of mountain biking right on your doorstep. Here’s a route for a car-free day: take a train out, then ride back! Of course you could get dropped off by car, but that wouldn't really be in the spirit of the ride! This route is a reasonably tough challenge as it stands, but if you were feeling particularly masochistic you could throw in a few more loops to make a proper day of it – up and around Ladybower reservoir, for example (the climb from Ladybower up to Derwent Moors and the subsequent descents come highly recommended).From Hope Station, the route follows back roads to a bridleway up Win Hill. Quality singletrack along the ridge leads to a rocky descent from Blackley Clough to the A57 along the legendary Potato Alley, so named for the size and shape of the rocks. Easy tracks strewn with sheep swiftly gain the height needed for the classic Hagg Farm descent before a mild cruise alongside Ladybower reservoir and a grind up the road below Bamford Edge - the views more than make up for the effort. There's now a chance to catch your breath before the route heads up (the sadly resurfaced) climb up Stanage. A fast descent to Redmires Reservoirs then leads to quiet lanes and a choice of descents into Sheffield. You can follow the route here, which takes a heading south and towards the more off-road way back along the Sheffield Return Route. Alternatively, heading north down the Wyoming Brook Drive will deposit you neatly on the Manchester Road.For train timetables, please visit: thetrainline.com