Twisting and turning as it navigates 17.5 miles end-to-end across the Peak District on a high limestone plateau, the National Park’s longest trail offers glorious off-road cycling, intriguing railway history and challenging inclines.
- Distance 35 miles (56.3 km)
- Elevation gain 1034 ft (315 m)
- Time allow 3 hours 30 minutes
- Difficulty Moderate
- Terrain Off-Road Trails
- Suited to City or Folding Bike Gravel Bike Hybrid Bike Mountain Bike Road Bike
- Suitability notes Non-Standard Cycles: northern end of trail between Pomeroy and top of Hopton Incline is level with unobstructed, level access from car parks but has several bridleway gates. Road Bikes: trail surface can be quite coarse in places, wider tyres are recommended.
- Attributes Accessible by train, Bridges, Car parking, Cycle hire, Family-friendly, Ideal for electric bikes, Inclined planes, Industrial heritage, Museums and visitor centres, National Cycle Network, Out and back, Railways, Reasonably flat, Steep climbs, Suitable for older kids, Tunnels, Views of hills and peaks, Views of open countryside, Woodlands and forests
- Starts at SK 11056 67314 SK17 9QJ
- Places Black Rocks, Cromford, Derbyshire, Derbyshire Dales, Friden, High Peak Junction, Hurdlow, Longcliffe, Middleton Top, Minninglow, Parsley Hay, Pikehall, Steeple Grange
A complete guide to the High Peak Trail with a stage-by-stage tour, original photos and helpful tips is coming soon.
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Always ensure your equipment is safe for use and that you are well prepared, carrying everything necessary including access to a good map. Follow the Highway Code and the Countryside Code at all times. Respect the landscape, the wildlife and the people you encounter. But most importantly, have fun!