Cycle Routes

Welcome to a free guide to the best local bike rides on the Peak District borders of Derbyshire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester with route maps, descriptions, history, tips and hundreds of photos.

I’ve been completing these guides gradually throughout 2021 and have plans for 30 in total, so there’s still plenty of adventures to come! Follow Peaks & Puddles on Facebook and Twitter for updates as they happen.

Routes are categorised as Gentle, Moderate, Challenging or Very Challenging.

Routes can also be explored by Bike Type, by Features & Attributes and by Trail.

Popular Paths & Trails

Peak Forest Tramway Trail

Peak Forest Tramway Trail

  • 3.8 mi
  • 112 ft
  • Gentle

Sett Valley Trail

  • 5.5 mi
  • 150 ft
  • Gentle

Alan Newton Way

  • 9.2 mi
  • 336 ft
  • Gentle

Upper Peak Forest Canal

  • 13.3 mi
  • 56 ft
  • Gentle

Upper Derwent Valley

  • 15.1 mi
  • 911 ft
  • Moderate

Monsal Trail

  • 19.2 mi
  • 462 ft
  • Gentle

Middlewood Way

  • 20.3 mi
  • 401 ft
  • Gentle

Tissington Trail

  • 26.9 mi
  • 869 ft
  • Moderate

Recommended Rides

Buxworth Bypasses

  • 6.8 mi
  • 708 ft
  • Moderate

Over Hills Around New Mills

  • 10.6 mi
  • 1358 ft
  • Challenging

Chinley Churner

  • 11.1 mi
  • 1720 ft
  • Challenging

Lyme Lanes

  • 12 mi
  • 984 ft
  • Moderate

Lyme Loop

  • 12.5 mi
  • 706 ft
  • Moderate

Wood Lanes off Middlewood

  • 12.5 mi
  • 528 ft
  • Gentle

Mills and Brows

  • 14.3 mi
  • 1218 ft
  • Moderate

Biggin and the Big Long Dale

  • 14.7 mi
  • 633 ft
  • Gentle

Goyt Valley Grinder

  • 15.2 mi
  • 1437 ft
  • Challenging

Tame Vales and Valleys

  • 15.6 mi
  • 739 ft
  • Gentle

Quarry Bank By Bike

  • 16.6 mi
  • 496 ft
  • Gentle

Beginners’ Brickworks

  • 18.3 mi
  • 1665 ft
  • Challenging

Peaks and Perry Dale

  • 19.2 mi
  • 2115 ft
  • Challenging

Cheshire Mountains of Macclesfield

  • 22.8 mi
  • 3069 ft
  • Very Challenging

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