Peak District cycling, walking & exploring where Derbyshire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester meet
Non-Standard Bike Routes
Two wheels, one in front of the other, is not the only way to cycle.
There’s a whole world of wonderful devices on wheels that allow people to explore and get around — including the tricycle (trike), side-by-side tandem, handcycle, recumbent and wheelchair tandem. Cargo bikes, ever growing in popularity, as well as bikes with trailers or tag-alongs can be included here too. Categorising them all together, they’re often known just as “non-standard” cycles.
Unfortunately, when councils previously installed barriers at the entry points to their off-road cycle routes, they often completely blocked access for all these legitimate users, too. While the Equality Act (2010) should now address this and make all future routes fully accessible, this often still isn’t entirely the case — and it’s an ongoing, tiresome struggle to get all the obnoxious a-frames, chicanes, stiles and pinch points of the past removed.
The routes here are, sadly, the few deemed to be suitable for non-standard bikes along their full length, with good accessibly at their key entry points (note this might not still be true for every entry point — see the ‘Things to note’ section of each guide for specific notes).