Manifold Way

Also known as the Manifold Trail or Manifold Track, the former Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway provides a uniquely twisting, turning and well-surfaced cycle route nestled below Thor’s Cave and epic hills.


Route details

  • Distance 15.8 miles / 25.4 km
  • Elevation Gain 98 m / 321 ft
  • Time allow 2 hours
  • Difficulty Gentle
  • Terrain 76% Off-Road Path Traffic-free trails, towpaths & cycleways 24% Road Quieter lanes, sometimes brief busier roads 0% Unpaved Bumpier tracks & bridleways
  • Suited to City or Folding Bike Gravel Bike Hybrid Bike Mountain Bike Non-Standard Cycle Road Bike
  • Notes Level throughout with a mostly tarmac surface and good access. Note one small section including a tunnel merges with a quiet minor road.

A complete guide to the Manifold Way with a stage-by-stage tour, original photos and helpful tips is coming soon.

Route map

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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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!