Hollins Cross and Jacob's Ladder - Tales and Trails around Sheffield
Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)
Mountain Biking Highlight
The Outdoor City Sheffield planned a mountain bike ride.
March 29, 2019
Jacob's Ladder is one of those climbs which has entered into legend amongst the UK's mountain biking fraternity (at least, those of a certain age). It's brutally unforgiving, with difficult terrain, hop-ups, bizarrely maintained sections and false summits. It's actually just as much fun run the other way (this is one of those rare routes which is good either way) and in fact, this is the approach this Tour takes. So if you like your descents fast and furious, then step right up!From Edale, the route takes the trail up to Hollins Cross along the old coffin road. It's a tricky climb in places, and there's a feeling of achievement if you can make it to the top without dabbing - so you can smugly enjoy the fantastic view.The climbing's not over yet, though - Mam Tor is next on the list to tick off, as the route crosses over the road and heads along the ridgeline of Rushup Edge. It soon drops down to the road, and joins the Pennine Bridleway. Don't trust the contours here; it's more brutal than it looks!Dropping down to Hayfield is an absolute blast, before the inevitable happens and the Tour takes in another long grind up to the Scheduled Ancient Monument of Edale Cross. And then there's another monster descent.Jacob's ladder, when ridden as a descent, is exactly as you'd expect. Very fast indeed, quite technical, with a couple of interesting corners and a ford at the bottom - which can be a trickle or (more often) a sock-soaker. But no matter, as it's all downhill (mostly) down to Upper Booth, and a spin along the road back into Edale.This Tour starts in Edale, which is a short train ride from Sheffield City Centre (it's the next stop along from Hope), but if you're driving there are a few other options; the carpark just below Mam Tor being an obvious one, and Hayfield being another. Edale's your only option by train though; Hayfield doesn't have a railway station. Edale is a tourist town, so there are plenty of places to get something to eat - but by the same token it can get pretty busy.For information on train times, check out thetrainline.com