Cycle Routes in and around Whaley Bridge

Upper Peak Forest Canal

  • 13.3 miles
  • 56 ft
  • Gentle

Buxworth Bypasses

  • 6.8 miles
  • 708 ft
  • Moderate

Goyt Valley Grinder

  • 17.6 miles
  • 1930 ft
  • Challenging

Peaks and Perry Dale

  • 20.1 miles
  • 1919 ft
  • Challenging

Hidden Hills in High Peak

  • 23.1 miles
  • 3319 ft
  • Very Challenging

Blog posts featuring Whaley Bridge

Cycling Routes

Revised route: Goyt Valley Grinder gets more Goyt, more gravel

With its stiff climbs, a spot of gravel and a brilliantly swooping descent, the Goyt Valley Grinder cycle route has long been my favourite quick spin up into the Peak District National Park. But as a stand-alone adventure it felt like it lacked a few extra miles and a final flourish. So now I’ve revised it for 2022, with more Goyt and more gravel!

Cycling Safety

BBC Countryfile’s criticised cycling safety report filmed on closed Long Hill road

Where better to talk to Dame Sarah Storey about cycling safety on fast rural roads than Derbyshire‘s A5004 Long Hill — briefly a cycling paradise while closed to most vehicles. So it was odd that the BBC’s Countryfile failed to mention this fact while using it for background footage in a piece that has been much-criticised online.

Cycling Safety

Long Hill closure opens a new “Snake Pass” for Derbyshire cycling

The A5004 Long Hill between Whaley Bridge and Buxton, one of the Peak District’s most spectacular roads, is closed for up to five months for major works to fix a landslip. With concrete barriers blocking the through route for motor vehicles, could this be Derbyshire’s next unintended “Snake Pass”-style cycling event? Yes: you can absolutely bet it will be.