Longdendale Trail

Power along the former Woodhead electric main line railway between Manchester and Sheffield, above five reservoirs in six miles, into one of most dramatic and dramatically altered valleys of Derbyshire’s Dark Peak.

Route details

  • Distance 12.9 miles / 20.8 km
  • Elevation Gain 115 m / 377 ft
  • Time allow 1 ½ hours
  • Difficulty Gentle
  • Terrain 100% Off-Road Path Traffic-free trails, towpaths & cycleways 0% Road Quieter lanes, sometimes brief busier roads 0% Unpaved Bumpier tracks & bridleways
  • Suited to City or Folding Bike Gravel Bike Hybrid Bike Mountain Bike Road Bike
  • Notes Surface quite coarse in places and can be wet; doable for road bikes but may be hard going. Tight stone chicanes and narrow gates.

A complete guide to the Longdendale Trail with a stage-by-stage tour, original photos and helpful tips is coming in the future.

Route map

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The all-important disclaimer: While great care and attention has been put into gathering these routes, ensuring details are accurate and determining their suitability, all information should be used as a guide only and is not a replacement for using your own judgement or research when setting out on new adventures. Peaks & Puddles/the author cannot be held responsible for any issues that may arise from the riders own decision to ride a section of indicated route.

Always ensure your equipment is safe and legal 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. And after all that, have fun!