Head off the beaten track on an astounding loop of constant summits and plummets in the central High Peak, linking often unknown but unforgettable — and sometimes unbelievable — lanes around New Mills, Whaley Bridge and Chapel.
- Distance 23.1 miles (37.2 km)
- Elevation gain 3319 ft (1012 m)
- Time allow 2 hours 30 minutes
- Difficulty Very Challenging
- Terrain Brief Busier Roads, Lanes
- Suited to Gravel Bike Hybrid Bike Mountain Bike Road Bike
- Suitability notes All tarmac but with very sharp climbs and one short cobbled climb. Many very narrow single track lanes.
- Attributes Accessible by train, Bridges, Car parking, Circular loop, Ideal for electric bikes, Moors, Pocket Guide available, Pubs and cafés, Reservoirs, Rivers, Rural heritage, Steep climbs, Towns and villages, Views of hills and peaks, Views of open countryside
- Starts at SJ 9995 8540 SK22 4AA
- Places Bagshaw, Blackbrook, Buxworth, Chapel Milton, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Cheshire, Cheshire East, Derbyshire, Disley, Eccles Pike, Gowhole, Hague Bar, High Peak, Kettleshulme, Malcoff, New Mills, Peaslows, Slackhall, Wash, Whaley Bridge
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