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  1. The Outdoor City Sheffield planned a mountain bike ride.

    03/29/2019

    Daniel Bradley and stb like this.
    1. The Outdoor City Sheffield

      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

      • 03/29/2019

  2. The Outdoor City Sheffield planned a mountain bike ride.

    03/29/2019

    Daniel Bradley likes this.
    1. The Outdoor City Sheffield

      So, so many rides in the Dark Peak can be considered classics - but in the minds of many, this is the one that immediately springs forth. It encapsulates so much that's fantastic about riding in the area - great views; long, grinding climbs; short sharp shocks; technical descents - and all on the Millstone Grit geology that eats drivetrains and brake blocks for breakfast.The initial spin from Hope doesn't last long; you're soon hauling your way up some very steep slabs as you climb up towards Hope Cross. It’s a swift climb along the road before the route joins the Thornhill Trail and climbs up to Hope Brink, drop down to the Roman Road and heads to Hope Cross. Here's where the first descent takes hold, and it's something of a famous one. The Beast, as it’s known, is perhaps not the dread-fest it was 20 years ago (thanks to modern mountain bike design) but it's still a hugely stiff challenge. Wide, for sure - but hugely rocky, and very, very thrutchy. It eases off at the bottom a little, but it's still up there as one of the gnarliest descents in the Peaks. Of course, after all that down, there's a need to go up again. The Hagg Farm trail is also a lot of fun ridden as a descent, but here it's a serviceable climb - just keep an eye out for people hurtling down. It's possible to detour up the road to a slightly more forgiving climb at Rowlee Farm instead, but it adds little to the experience - and you have to ride along the road for half a mile or so.The next descent down from Lockerbrook Heights is also a lot of fun, and will leave you refreshed and invigorated for the spin along Derwent Reservoir and a mid-ride snack at the Derwent Visitors Centre.We’re not finished with the climbing yet, though. After a flat spin along the reservoir for a bit the paved climb up Grindle Clough is a sharp awakening. It doesn't last forever (although it may seem like it) as things get a bit less steep up Grainfoot Clough, and top out as you approach Whinstone Lee Tor.And yes, it's all downhill from here - for a bit, at least. Lots of rocks, the odd ford, more rocks, and as much speed as you can muster. The descent doesn't disappoint. A swift blat along the road before the route joins the Thornhill Trail and drops back along the road to Hope.The trains from Sheffield to the heart of the Peak District run regularly, and it’s a short hop from the city centre to some of the finest riding the country has to offer. This Tour starts in Hope, but it’d be just as easy to modify it to start at Bamford if you so desire - they’re both easily accessible, and offer opportunities for refreshments.For information on train times, check out thetrainline.com

      • 03/29/2019

  3. The Outdoor City Sheffield planned a hike.

    03/29/2019

    06:58
    15.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,675 ft
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    1. The Outdoor City Sheffield

      Walking through the Chatsworth Estate, it can often feel like time has stood still for hundreds of years. With the glorious stately home standing proudly, the River Wye meandering gently, the ancient hedgerows, neat dry-stone walls and picturesque chocolate-box villages, this is Peak District countryside at its very best—whatever the season. While this route is fairly lengthy—do not be put off! All the paths are relatively leisurely and there are plenty of pubs, cafes, restaurants, and facilities en route. And, if you are getting tired, there are a few opportunities to cut the route short.However, if you do decide to take on the full route, prepare to be impressed; magical bluebell woods, English meadows, rolling hills, patchwork fields, breathtaking views and picnic spots aplenty—take a full day, take your time and let the beauty soak in. The thing with honeypot places like Chatsworth is that, owing to their spectacular beauty, they can get busy with tourists. However, by wandering off the beaten track just a little, you are rewarded with peace and tranquility that many miss.You can reach the village of Baslow, where this route starts, in just over 30 minutes via the 218 and 215 bus services from Sheffield city centre—making it a must-see on any visit to the Outdoor City.

      • 03/29/2019

  4. The Outdoor City Sheffield planned a hike.

    03/29/2019

    04:41
    10.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    1. The Outdoor City Sheffield

      This route, or variations of it, is an absolute classic. Arguably the star attraction of the Peak District, Mam Tor and Great Ridge ignite the desire to explore—walkers from around the globe flock conquer this splendid route at all times of the year.Standing at 1,697 feet (517 meters) high, Mam Tor sits on the edge of the Dark Peak and the White Peak; boasting spectacular views for miles, including photographers-favorite Winnats Pass. Mam Tor means Mother Hill. It was named because the frequent landslides on its eastern face have created many mini-hills beneath it. These landslides, which are caused by unstable lower layers of shale, also give the hill its alternative name of 'Shivering Mountain' and have produced another of its attraction: the broken road, now twisted and broken from the hill's movements. This route is definitely challenging. Make sure you have sturdy boots, suitable clothing, a map and compass. The weather changes fast on Mam Tor and may have fallen victim to this. Do not fear, though, as far as it goes, most people can handle this. The village of Hope, where this hike starts, is just a 20-minute train ride from Sheffield city centre. As such, this wild and beautiful landscape could not be easier to reach. There are regular trains, as Hope is on the line to Manchester. You can also catch the 271 and 272 bus service. If you are travelling by car, however, a good starting point is from Castleton Visitor Centre car park.

      • 03/29/2019

  5. The Outdoor City Sheffield planned a mountain bike ride.

    03/26/2019

    1. The Outdoor City Sheffield

      For those Sheffield dwellers who live a little further south, the Peak District can be accessed via trails in and around Ecclesall Woods. These trails are also an excellent return route into the city for anyone who has headed out through the parks – it’s certainly far better than spinning just on tarmac!The route is essentially pleasant riding through woodland, particularly when the autumn turns the trees a mix of yellow and orange, and in the spring when the bluebells dominate. No, it's not too technical, and as a result it's also a popular blast for night riders. The route leads to the link up to/from Hunters Bar roundabout, which is a popular meeting point for mountain bikers from the city.Important Note: There are plenty of bridleways and footpaths running close together in the woods; please keep to the bridleways only!

      • 03/26/2019

  6. The Outdoor City Sheffield planned a mountain bike ride.

    03/26/2019

    1. The Outdoor City Sheffield

      This is a very useful way to ride from the city into the Stanage Circuit, or to link into the start of the Blacka Moor route and the awesome network of trails on Blacka and Totley Moor. It's also just a great way to get into the Peaks and strecch your legs, and it has views of its very own to enjoy. The entrance to Endcliffe Park at Hunters Bar roundabout is a traditional meeting place for the city’s mountain bikers, so it's a great place to begin.To start off with, there's a pleasant cruise of around 3.4 miles (5.5 km) which takes the route through leafy parkland to the steep uphill at Porter Clough. Formerly a brilliant, loose climb, this has been recently resurfaced by the city council. Nevermind - at least it makes for plenty of traction. And as the trail emerges at the top it's easy to see just how close to the Peaks you are - and their excellent trails. Important Note: Bridleways and footpaths often run parallel through the Parks - so please do try to keep to the bridleways only.

      • 03/26/2019

  7. The Outdoor City Sheffield planned a mountain bike ride.

    03/26/2019

    Daniel Bradley likes this.
    1. The Outdoor City Sheffield

      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

      • 03/26/2019

  8. The Outdoor City Sheffield planned a mountain bike ride.

    03/26/2019

    02:26
    16.8 mi
    6.9 mph
    2,000 ft
    2,025 ft
    Daniel Bradley likes this.
    1. 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).

      • 03/26/2019

  9. The Outdoor City Sheffield planned a mountain bike ride.

    03/26/2019

    01:39
    10.9 mi
    6.6 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Daniel Bradley likes this.
    1. 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.

      • 03/26/2019

  10. The Outdoor City Sheffield planned a hike.

    03/26/2019

    05:01
    11.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    1. The Outdoor City Sheffield

      This challenging hike explores one of the wildest and most beautiful parts of the Peak District.On this route, you see the mighty Derwent Dam up-close, ascend to the ghostly moorland tor of Lost Lad, enjoy extensive panoramic views from Back Tor, and visit one of the areas most distinctive gritstone tors, Wheel Stones.Whilst the footpaths along this route are well defined, the landscape here is wild and can be isolated. As such, preparation is essential and map-reading/compass skills are recommended.From the car park, walk below the Derwent Dam and climb steps beside the right-hand tower to join the track on the east side of the Derwent Reservoir. Turn left and follow for just over one mile (two kilometers) to the second signposted footpath on the right. Bear right off the track and follow the path up, taking a left fork after the initial steep section. Continue along the gradually ascending footpath, which keeps parallel with the brook. After one mile (two kilometers), prominent landslips form a spectacular feature within the gorge. At the same point, Sheepfold Clough joins on the right.Take the right fork and follow a footpath up the clough and out of the gorge on to open moorland. Continue to a paved footpath. Turn left and follow this up to the cairn at Lost Lad, then continue for a further 547 yards (500 meters) to Back Tor.Turn right and follow the path along Derwent Edge for two-and-a-half miles (four kilometers), to the second footpath crossroads.Turn right on the bridleway and follow it downhill. Pass left through a gateway after half-a-mile (one kilometer) and keep straight on down past Grindle Barn to the banks of Ladybower. Turn right and follow the lane back to Derwent Dam and Fairholmes, passing the site of the now flooded Derwent Village.

      • 03/26/2019

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