Why not take life in the slow lane? Whilst you’re staying at Hoe Grange, one of the best ways to take advantage of our beautiful local countryside is to explore it by bike.
With our farm nestled in the picturesque Peak District between Ashbourne and Bakewell, there are lots of places for you to explore and enjoy by bike.
Cycling routes in the Peak District
The Peak District offers some fabulous routes that you can cycle round, many of which are practically on our farm’s doorstep! If you want a leisurely bike ride you can avoid the main roads and steep hills by choosing one of the many trails.
There are cycling routes in the Peak District to suit all ages and abilities so that everyone can enjoy cycling in Derbyshire.
Bikes for hire
If you would like to try out some of these cycling routes in the Peak District but are unable to bring your own bikes along, then don’t worry. At Hoe Grange, we have two adult mountain bikes that are available to loan or hire our tandem bike for a fun trip out for two!. Alternatively, both Middleton Top or Carsington Water offer bikes for hire for a small fee. Cycles can be hired for all the family including trailers and baby seats.
Easy-going cycling in the Peak District
Go on an adventure! If you’re new to cycling or want to go for a leisurely family bike ride, these easy-going off-road cycling routes in the Peak District are ideal.
From your log cabin door, the High Peak Trail, now part of the National Pennine Bridleway, is within easy reach over the farm fields. Stretching from Middleton Top Visitor Centre to Parsley Hay, the trail is 11.5 miles long and follows the old Cromford Railway route.
It offers an easy, non-strenuous introduction to the Peak District; yet it is an interesting route, with sharp curves and some fairly steep inclines. The limestone surface is good in all weathers.
Once you’ve reached Parsley Hay, you can choose to continue along the Tissington Trail if you’d like to carry on cycling in the Peak District. This will add an extra six miles to your journey, ending in Dowlow, south of Buxton.
Along the route are plenty of things to see and do, including Middleton Top Engine House, Hoe Grange Quarry butterfly reserve and the Gang Mine Nature Reserve – it’s perfect for a day trip in the Peak District. Why not take a picnic with you?
Alternatively, another option for cycling in the Peak District is Carsington Water, which is just four miles away from Hoe Grange. One of the largest non-paying visitor attractions in the UK, there is a stunning nine-mile circuit that’s perfect for cyclists and walkers alike. The route incorporates cycling through the villages of Hopton and Carsington, with the popular Miner’s Arms Pub on the way if you fancy stopping for a bite to eat.
Shorter cycling options in the Peak District include the Monsal Trail, which consists of an 8.5-mile cycling trail down the former Midland railway line, all the way from Bakewell to Blackwell Mill. If you’re pushed for time or have toddlers in tow, then the Thornhill Trail is just two miles long, on a flat route along the old railway line from Ladybower Dam to Bamford Station.
You can find more routes for easy-going trails in the Peak District here.
At Hoe Grange we have a Boma 7 off-road wheelchair for hire so everyone can join in the fun! The Boma is ideal as it goes up to 8 mile per hour so those with limited mobility can keep up with other cyclists.
Inclusive cycle hire is also now available at Carsington Water including the Velo plus wheelchair transporter and the Fun 2 Go Cycle for two people, or Parsley Hay Cycle Hire also have a wide range of wheelchair and non-wheelchair accessible cycling options, including hand-cranked bikes and trikes.
Explore cycling in the Peak District
If you’re after more of a challenge when it comes to cycling, then these Explorer Cycling Routes will offer you that extra push whilst staying at Hoe Grange.
The Rudyard and Roaches loop both offer a cycling experience filled with breathtaking views, from reservoirs to traditional villages. The Roaches loop is a much shorter ride than the Rudyard loop, at 6.8 miles compared to 10.8 miles, so it’s really down to how far you want to cycle on the day!
Alternatively, the Tideswell and Millers Dale ride offers a much longer distance ride at 20 miles. Discover delightful limestone dales, a historic plague village, a former railway and more as you cycle from Millers Dale former station to Eyam or Tideswell.
Another great cycling route to spend the whole day enjoying is through Matlock. At 24 miles long, you’ll get to experience a whole landscape full of history and heritage, before stopping off at the shops and cafés at Matlock Bath.
Pedal the Peak district provide recommendations of 9 stunning journeys of discovery by bike, see the document with full maps included. Discover the full list of explorer cycling routes in the Peak District here.
Mountain Biking Routes
The South Peak Loop is a long distance route that has been developed By Peak Horse Power and covers 70 miles bridleways, old railway trails and quiet country lanes; it is also suitable for mountain bikers and is divided into four sections, each section covering around 12 to 24 miles.Picture credit: Doug Blane, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire
Expect some challenging hills and high moorland stretches along with gentler country roads and flatter reservoir perimeter paths. Don’t just power on through or you’ll miss some fabulous places. Why not stop off for a breather and explore Tissington, Middleton by Youlgreave, Hartington, Carsington Water, Millers Dale, Bakewell, Chatsworth, Manifold Valley and the Monsal Trail?