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.
- Distance 12.9 miles (20.8 km)
- Elevation gain 377 ft (115 m)
- Time allow 1 hour 30 minutes
- Difficulty Gentle
- Terrain Off-Road Trails
- Suited to City or Folding Bike Gravel Bike Hybrid Bike Mountain Bike Road Bike
- Suitability notes Quite coarse surface in places, can be wet and puddled. Non-Standard Cycles: awkward stone chicanes also prevent full access. Road Bikes: doable with wider tyres and care.
- Attributes Accessible by train, Car parking, Family-friendly, National Cycle Network, Out and back, Pubs and cafés, Railways, Reasonably flat, Reservoirs, Suitable for older kids, Suitable for young kids, Towns and villages, Views of hills and peaks, Woodlands and forests
A complete guide to the Longdendale Trail with a stage-by-stage tour, original photos and helpful tips is coming soon.
The route stats featured here are automatically generated by Komoot. For the most accurate guide, please refer to the route details above, based on actual rides recorded by Strava.
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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!