Mountain biking holidays in the Peak District
The sport of mountain biking is extremely popular in the Peak District, especially around Edale and the Hope Valley.
Traversing the hillsides on a bike is an exhilarating (and often exhausting and dirty) experience and it is possible to cover considerable distances over unlikely looking terrain. You can find large groups of riders around these areas most weekends.
The main centres for mountain biking are around the Hope Valley and the Upper Derwent valley, though good routes also start from Hayfield, Peak Forest, Eyam and Tideswell - just to give a few examples. Located at the start of the Pennines, with Kinder Scout and Mam Tor looking on, the Dark Peak is prime mountain biking country.
Riding is varied with singletrack, open heather moors, tough climbs and rewarding descents. The famed technical Jacob’s Ladder awaits, as do the Lord’s Seat and the magnificent trails around the Derwent and Ladybower reservoirs.
Our current Peak District trips
Lying between Sheffield and Manchester and just south of Kinder Scout this is challenging mountain biking country in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Parts of the area are remote and exposed. Weather conditions can change rapidly; so be prepared.
The route isphysically demanding with difficult sections and is not recommended for beginners.