Publisher: Bradwell Books
Region: The Peak District
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Paul Francis Cooper
Enjoy cycling in the Peak District with this new title from Bradwell Books.
Bradwell’s Family Cycle Rides offer a selection of 18 routes in the Peak District that are mainly on some of the plentiful trails in the area.
The rides have been designed with rider safety in mind, they are classed as easy, moderate or difficult; easy rides will be suitable for youngsters, moderate rides will provide a bit more of a challenge and difficult are longer or steeper and will test aspiring teenagers’ stamina and map reading skills.
For each ride the author describes the ride and location before going on to pro-vide route instructions that are accompanied by clear Ordnance Survey mapping with the route marked up on the map. Routes are accompanied by ‘The Basics’ - a box for the details of each ride, this contains the information that will help the reader decide whether the ride is suitable for their ability.
The book also caters for those without a bike; there are several rides that start at centres where the reader can hire a bike for the day.
Whatever ride the reader chooses, they will not be disappointed by some of the most spectacular vistas that the Peak District has to offer.
List of Featured Cycle Rides
1. Alsop-en-le-Dale (Moderate) 8¾ miles / 14km 10
2. Carsington Water (Easy) 8 miles / 13km 14
3. Derwent Reservoir (Moderate) 11 miles / 18km 18
4. Ladybower Reservoir (Easy – Moderate) 5½ miles / 9km 24
5. Hartington, Biggin and Parsley Hay (Moderate) 8½miles / 13.5km 26
6. High Peak Trail (Moderate) 24 miles / 38km 32
7. Hulme End, Wetton and Wetton Mill (Moderate) 8 miles / 13km 36
8. Hulme End, Alstonefield and Milldale (Moderate) 9 miles / 14.5km 40
9. Ilam, Throwley, Waterhouses, Manifold Way, Tissington Trail 44 and Thorpe (Difficult) 30 miles / 48km
10. Ilam, Blore, Mapleton and Thorpe (Difficult) 7 miles / 11km 50
11. Longdendale Trail (Moderate) 13 miles / 21km 54
12. Manifold Way (Easy) 18 miles / 29km 58
13. Monsal Trail (Easy) 9 miles / 14km 64
14. Sett Valley Trail (Easy) 5 miles / 8km 70
15. Tissington Trail: Ashbourne – Parsley Hay and return (Easy) 26 miles / 42km 74
16. Tissington, Bradbourne and Carsington Water (Moderate) 9½ miles / 14km 82
17. Tissington, Parsley Hay, Hartington Station, Harding’s Lane and 86 Liff’s Road (Moderate) 20 miles / 32km
18. Wye Dale, Monsal Trail and Millers Dale (Moderate) 8¾ miles / 14km 92
The Peak District’s rolling landscape, with its reservoirs, lakes and rivers, miles of quiet country lanes and historic villages is a natural destination for any cyclist. And, for family cyclists, its 65 miles of traffic-free trails make it especially attractive.
This book guides family cyclists along the trails and suggests some rides for those who want to branch out from them to the lanes and climbs of the area.
Each ride is provided with an assessment of the difficulty level of the ride – easy, moderate, or difficult. This has been gauged with the ability levels of family cyclists in mind and takes account of distance, the amount of climbing and descending and any technical demands, for example, road surfaces or sharp bends. Easy rides on trails will be fine for riders who have yet to develop their competence in bike handling and in riding on public roads. Moderate rides will require competence on public roads and a readiness to give some climbing and descending a go. Difficult rides require proficiency in bike-handling and road-riding competence as well as the stamina to cope over varying distances, which include hill-climbing and descents.
Duration of Ride
This depends on a number of factors, which include riders’ ability levels, stops for sightseeing and refreshments, and, on the more difficult rides, the amount of climbing involved. The time estimates in the book are generous, but are meant only as a rough guide. Once you’ve done a couple of rides you’ll start to get a better idea of your own particular pace and how quickly you want to travel.