A Cyclist’s Guide to Derby

Some say that Derbyshire is one of the most beautiful areas in the UK, especially us! Like most great places, Derbyshire can be explored by on foot, car or bike. In one of our previous blogs we looked at some of the stunning walking routes that are on offer, and now it’s time to look at some of the amazing cycle routes that can be completed. So pack your rucksack, pump up your tyres and let’s explore some of the county’s best cycle routes.

For Families

Monsal Trail (8.5 miles)

If you want a cycling route that all the family can ride on, the Monsal Trail is excellent for you. This route starts off near the beautiful and historic market town of Bakewell. It then spans north along the former London to Manchester railway line, passing some of the most stunning scenery that the area has to offer. If you require cycling hire then this trail is covered whichever end you start, with cycle hire available at Bakewell and Hassop Station on the eastern side and Blackwell Mill on the western end. Children-friendly pubs and restaurants can be found along this trail, particularly in Bakewell at the start.

For a More Energetic Ride

Ashbourne Loop via Hognaston (20 miles)

Derbyshire has you covered if you’re a rider looking for a more energetic ride too. The Ashbourne Loop via Hognaston is best for this, which starts out at the village of Osmaston. The route heads north along the quiet lanes of the A52 up to Hognaston, which overlooks the picturesque Carsington Water. The trail then leads west through the beautiful Derbyshire countryside to Bradbourne and Tissington, returning back round to complete in Ashbourne. Restaurants and pubs can be found in Ashbourne if you want refreshments before or after the trail, or at Hognaston for a mid-route break.

For the Off-Road Cyclist

Bakewell, Calton Lees and Edensor Circuit (10 miles)

For cyclists looking for a tough off-road circuit, this route will not disappoint. The trail starts at Hassop Station, just north of Bakewell, before heading south down the River Wye. The route then climbs through Manners Wood to the Chatsworth Estate. The circuit then descends down through Chatsworth Park where you’ll find excellent views of the stately home. There is then a second climb up past Edensor before a technical off-road downhill that leads you back to the Hassop Station for the finish. The two tough climbs in this trail make it not one for beginners, but if you want a challenge then this is the ideal route for you.

Of course, if you’re going to be cycling around Derbyshire you’ll need a comfortable place to rest and relax. Here at Hillside Croft, we have a two luxurious holiday cottages in Derbyshire to suit all needs. If you have any questions about how we can make your stay in Derby the best that in can be, contact us on +44 (0)1335 344795 or take a look at our website.

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