Relatively undiscovered lanes and climbs break out into the peaks and dales of the Peak District proper, beyond Chinley and Chapel-en-le-Frith. The scenic isolation of Perry Dale is the worthy pay-off in a strenuous loop that leads from the Peak Forest Tramway to the quarries of Peak Forest itself.
- Distance 20.1 miles (32.3 km)
- Elevation gain 1919 ft (585 m)
- Time allow 2 hours 30 minutes
- Difficulty Challenging
- Terrain Brief Busier Roads, Lanes, Off-Road Trails
- Suited to Gravel Bike Hybrid Bike Mountain Bike Road Bike
- Suitability notes Very steep hills, very narrow lanes. All on road except well-surfaced trail, with three a-frame barriers.
- Attributes Accessible by train, Canals, Car parking, Circular loop, Dales, Ideal for electric bikes, Industrial heritage, Pocket Guide available, Pubs and cafés, Railways, Reservoirs, Rural heritage, Steep climbs, Towns and villages, Views of hills and peaks, Views of open countryside
- Starts at SK 01162 81472 SK23 7LS
- Places Buxworth, Castle Naze, Chinley, Combs, Dove Holes, Horwich End, Old Dam, Peak Dale, Peak Forest, Perry Dale, Slackhall, Smalldale, Sparrowpit, Tunstead Milton, Wash, Whaley Bridge
How to unlock
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Pocket Guide & GPX
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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 cannot be held responsible for any problems you may encounter.
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