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Exploring New Peak District Cycle Routes

What better way to explore the Peak District than by bicycle?

There are new peak district cycle routes for all abilities, from the easy-going gentle gradients along the trails following the old railway routes, to steep challenging off-road tracks for the more energetic and adventurous. You can cycle the quiet back roads passing through picturesque villages and trundle up the rolling hills and zoom down the delightful dales.

Cycling in the Peak District

Although you may whizz down the hills at speed, pedalling along on your bicycle is the best way to take in the breath-taking views of the Derbyshire countryside.

peak district cycle routesAs you cycle along take time to delight in the wildflowers along the verges and spot the wonderful wildlife, from hares streaking across the fields, to birds of prey circling the skies. Farming is also very much in evidence across the Peak District and you will see lambs gambolling in the meadows, highland cattle munching on the moors, scurrying hares and maybe the odd deer in the distance.

New Cycle routes

The Pedal Peak Project has published an exciting new range of route maps for all abilities. Why not download the peak district cycle routes so you can plan your days out before you arrive on holiday?

There are four cycling guides:

New Hoe Grange circular cycle route

David and I have been making the most of the glorious May weather and have had fun creating a lovely circular cycle route which takes in cafes, a castle and Arbor Low stone circle, which is larger than Stonehenge!

Our “Carefree days, cycles, cafes and castles” route is approx. 28 miles long using minor roads and trails. That sounds like a long way to me, but I made it with comparative ease. Although not a regular cyclist I coped well with the few short steep hills, and it was an exhilarating day out.

Do follow our route map the same way round though as going the opposite way involves steeper uphill stretches! Start by cycling up to Parsley Hay along the High Peak Trail, then to Pilsbury, down to Hartington, to Arbor Low and back along the High Peak Trail.

The Peak District also has a wealth of fabulous food stops including artisan ice creams parlours, tea shops and cosy cafes, cheese shops. real ales and pub grub. There is a wonderful choice in Hartington Village to keep hunger at bay!

Cycle Hire

If you have your own bikes you can safely store them in our new secure cycle shed, where there is also a small workbench and wash down hose.

peak district cycle routes

Don’t worry if you don’t have a bicycle, we can loan you one of our mountain bikes. Guests who haven’t been out cycling for many years find the High Peak Trail which is accessible from the farm fields and has a shallow gradient, a good place to start. The added bonus is that the views over the White Peak limestone landscape are stunning!

There are lots of ways to hire bikes in the area as well, basic E-bikes and normal bikes can be rented from the local cycle hire centres at Ashbourne, Parsley Hay and Middleton Top.

Let the e-bike take the strain!

peak district cycle routesYou don’t have to be super fit to ride off-road trails. Our friends at MTB&B will rent you an up to date E-mountain bike that takes the strain out of even the steepest hills.

They deliver direct to your log-cabin or glamping pod here at Hoe Grange Holidays and even do a great value family package too.

We hope we have inspired you to take to your bicycle and explore all the Peak District has to offer! There is more information on our cycling page.

Felicity 

I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike!

In the words of the classic  queen song “we want to ride our bicycles”

As cycling becomes ever more popular, Hoe Grange is keeping up with developments to ensure it’s cycling facilities are second to none so our guest can make the most ot the wonderful outdoor gym that is the Peak District. Fun for the whole family!

Earlier this year with the help of the Pedal Peak District project we installed a secure cycle store to make sure your bikes are as safe as they can be, This large lockable store can hold up to 12 bikes and has internal secure bike stands to lock you bike to as well. Just ask Me or Felicity for a key when you check in.

To this store we have added a warm water wash down point for dirty bikes, muddy legs and even dirty dogs!, along side this we have added a cycle maintenance stand and basic tool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you don’t have a bike, or don’t have room in the car for it, worry not! We have 2 mountain bikes for free loan to guests, a vintage tandem for hire and even our Boma7 for those in your party with mobility issues.

off-road wheelchair

If you need something a little more specialized, we have now teamed up with MTB&B who hire bikes for the day or longer with free delivery to Hoe Grange, whether you need a full suspension bike, a hardtail or even an electric mountain bike, they can cater for your needs, just call Mark on 01663 735484 or 07800 900686 or got to their website https://www.mtbandb.co.uk/

 

 

Now where did I put my Lycra?

David

Slow Travel in The Peak District

In today’s fast moving technological world we sometimes forget to slow down and take time to enjoy and explore the world around us.

Bradt SLow Guide to The Peak DistrictHowever help is at hand from the latest Bradt Slow Travel Guide which celebrates our fabulous Peak District.This captivating and extensive guide is the perfect travel companion detailing where to taste the region’s best produce, which accommodation offers character and colour (naturally featuring our Hoe Grange Holidays self-catering log cabins!), travel tips on how to make the most of your stay and some fascinating facts surrounding the quirky traditions and stories of local folks.

Bradt’s Slow Travel Peak District brings a new perspective to this much-loved area. Slow down and let expert local author Helen Moat guide you to not just all the well-known places, but away from the crowds to uncover the hidden corners of the Peak District. The author’s love of interesting and colourful stories is linked to the natural and manmade features of the area, highlighting the quirky and unusual, places and points of interest off the beaten tourist track, from dales to abandoned mills, historical ruins, strange follies and irresistible pubs.

Author Helen MoatHelen moved to the Peak District in 1999 and has over time come to realise that “you could live a lifetime in the Peak District and still not cover every bridleway, packhorse route or public footpath. This book is only a taster – and hopefully an inspiration for your own exploration.

Writing Slow Travel Peak District has allowed me to engage with the Slow philosophy as never before: to look up, look down and catch the detail; to stand and stare and ponder; to wander down hidden dells or jitties. I’ve learned to stop and chat with strangers: National Trust volunteers, foodies, twitchers, ramblers,climbers and river swimmers, to name but a few – and found them eager to share their knowledge of and passion for the Peak District. I’ve learned to read the landscape, from the ruin on the hilltop to the tell-tale rise of an Iron Age hillfort or an abandoned mill. I’ve learned the songs of birds and to scan the hillsides for signs of life. It has been a life-enriching experience.”

As part of her research for the guide Helen visited us at Hoe Grange and loved our cosy log cabins nestled in the undulating limestone hills.

“This pretty, immaculate farm, set in rolling countryside below the High Peak Trail offers four spacious log cabins, three sleeping four and one sleeping six. Owners, Felicity and David, have worked hard to reduce the business’s carbon footprint with solar panels and wind turbine, supplying much of the farm’s energy requirements. The couple are fastidious in their attention to detail and in their care of visitors, personally greeting guests on arrival, and welcoming them with homegrown flowers, home-made biscuits and bread, along with free-range eggs from the farm. The lantern lit barrel-shaped sauna and wood-fuelled hot tub on the edge of the farm also add a nice touch for total relaxation under the stars at the end of a busy day . But it’s the award-winning ‘access for all’ accommodation, along with stabling for horse owners that makes this accommodation special. A few hundred yards up through fields will take walkers, cyclists and horse riders onto the High Peak Trail, with stunning views of the countryside. There’s even a Boma 7 all-terrain wheelchair for guests with limited mobility.”

Whether following Helen’s favourite walks and bike rides, venturing into hidden dales, caves and ravines, ambling through the national park’s charming villages or biting into a freshly baked Bakewell Pudding, you’ll find the Slow Travel The Peak District  goes far beyond conventional guide books in celebrating our special region and is an invaluable source of information – I can’t put my copy down!

Why not order your own copy of Bradt’s new Slow Travel Peak District guidebook?

For an exclusive 20% discount visit www.bradtguides.com and enter the code HOEGRANGE at the checkout.

Happy reading!

Felicity

Ride L’Eroica

The L’Eroica Britannia is an amazing celebration of cycling combined with vintage lifestyle, and what better place to cycle than the stunning hills of the Peak District National Park!

vintage bikes

The 3 day cycling festival is held in Bakewell from 19th to 21st June and is based on the original L’Eroica cycle ride held every year in Gaiole, Tuscany, since 1997: a celebration of the “heroic” days of good old-fashioned cycling before carbon fibre, power meters and energy gels.No electric bikes allowed!

 

Do you have a pre 1987 steel road bike? Then dust it off, dig out some vintage clothing and join in the race along with 3,000 other cyclists. Race is perhaps a strong word, the atmosphere is wonderfully relaxed and it’s more of a grand social occasion where riders take time out to sip espressos, chat and joke and most of all admire each others vintage attire.

If you haven’t got an old bike don’t worry, you can just join in the festival fun, with live music, entertainment, shopping and the world’s biggest bike jumble. Families can enjoy a ‘vintage sports day’, a beach area and a traditional fairground featuring a helter skelter and a steam-powered carousel.

A taste of what to expect!

The Peak District hills are quite challenging so there are 3 race routes according to your fitness level.

Short – 30 miles
A great choice for riders of all levels of fitness. It is fairly undulating but definitely enough of a stretch to give you a challenge.

Ascent: 2528ft (771m)
Refreshment Stops: Tideswell 14 miles, Eyam Hall 21 miles
Start Times: 9:15am – 10:30am
Off Road: 25%
GPS route guide

Medium – 55 miles
A bit more adventurous and does require reasonably fitness. Several long climbs will give you a stern work out – but the descents are glorious!
This route passes Hoe Grange farm, so we will be cheering on!

Ascent: 6113ft (1864m)
Refreshment Stops: Hartington 20 miles, High Peak Junction 37 miles, Chatsworth 52 miles
Start Times: 7:15am – 9:15am
Off Road: 30%
GPS route guide

Long – 100 miles
For the really fit – rather you than me!  A real challenge but it covers all the very best of the Peak District National Park.

Ascent: 9252ft (2821m)
Refreshment Stops: Tideswell 10 miles, Goyt Valley 32 miles, Hartington 51 miles, Ilam Hall 63 miles, High Peak Junction 78 miles, Chatsworth 94 miles
Start Times: 6:00am – 7:15am
Off Road: 25%
GPS route guide

If you’re not cycling find some bells and whistles and cheer the riders on!

Felicity

Pedalling in the Peak District

Tourism Minister John Penrose and Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin tested out the new electric bikes to experience first hand the vital role tourism plays in sustaining and stimulating the area’s economy.

Mr. Penrose began his Derbyshire visit with a tour of Chatsworth, followed by an informal fact-finding lunch there –including an overview of the tourist board’s current and future activities and plans.

Afternoon highlights included a visit to thriving cycle hire and café business Hassop Station, part of the Electric Bike Network, and a half-hour ride on electric bikes on the Monsal Trail, where four former railway tunnels have recently re-opened to create a continuous, traffic-free eight-and-a-half-mile link from Bakewell to Wyedale, south of Buxton.

MP Electric bikesI am sure Mr Penrose found the electric bikes an exciting way to view the dramatic Peak District countryside.

Here at Hoe Grange Holidays, guests who haven’t cycled for years have found our electric bikes fabulous fun, whizzing up the hills with ease! We have two for hire, so come along and try them out for yourselves.

Mr. Penrose then visited the Peak District Mining Museum at Matlock Bath, took a cable car to savour some spectacular views of the Derwent Valley at the Heights of Abraham.

He rounded off his visit with an evening reception attended by guests from the private sector at premier, multi-award-winning East Lodge Hotel and Restaurant at Rowsley and stayed there overnight before travelling over to Staffordshire – one of the Visit Peak District & Derbyshire’s strategic public sector partners – for a second day’s tour.

“Both the Peak District and Derbyshire are beautiful destinations that offer a fantastic range of attractions to their visitors,” said Mr. Penrose. “I’m pleased to see the private and public sectors working so closely together to encourage growth and inspire more people to visit the region.”

It’s great to see that the Government are keen to support our fantastic holiday destination, The Peak District, as one of the UK’s major visitor attractions.

Felicity

Members of the Peal District Electric Bicycle Network
Members of the Peal District Electric Bicycle Network