Thornhill/Upper Derwent Valley Trail
Length: 2-18 Miles
Length: 2-18 Miles
Length: 19.5 miles
This ride has a little bit of everything for everyone whether you want to race around or make a day of it enjoying the ice cream and the numerous pub stops.
This ride starts out at the bike garage turning left out of the car park and following the A6187 towards Hathersage for 1 mile before taking another left and climbing up towards Thorpe farm. The owners of Thorpe farm have been kind enough to allow us access through the farmyard on this route, please be respectful of other users of the trail and any personal working on the farm. Thorpe farm also make and sell their own ice cream so be sure to stop by to get yourself home along with a refreshing drink! After passing through the farm the route to climbs further up following coggers lane for a little over a mile before taking the Stanage Causeway up to the top of Stanage Edge. You will pass over a cattle grid and the road will take a sharp right hand turn where there is a small car park, follow the gravel bridleway continue straight ahead and follow this all the way up to Stanage Pole.
The climb from the start of the causeway up to stanage pole is a little over 1.5 miles climbing 360 feet, on a clear day you can see the majority of the Peak District from the top of the edge, making this an incredibly satisfying climb. From stanage pole the route drop down towards Redmires Reservoir, this is a wide gravel descent descending just short of 1 mile and dropping you down 260 feet, it can be a fast descent so be careful of other trail users both coming up and going down. The route now follows the road for 3.5 miles taking you along the top of redmires reservoirs before taking a right turn onto Soughley lane, up Roper hill and towards Ringinglow. Ringinglow is a good spot to stop at for a refreshment drink at the Norfolk Arms before heading up to Lady Cannings.
At this point in the ride it is up to you on how many laps of Lady Cannings you want to do. Lady Cannings offers two mountain bike trails, the older of the two being Blue Steel, a very fun, flowy trail with a small climb at the end to get back onto the main fire track. The second trail is Cooking on Gas this is a more pedaly descent with the top section being relatively flat but still very fun! Cooking on Gas feels longer, however both descents are the same length with Blue Steel being more downhill focused and cooking on gas having some flatter sections. It is up to you how much of Lady Canning’s you ride but once you’re finished the route continues over Houndkirk towards the Fox House pub. The ride over houndkirk is just shy of 2 miles meandering over a wide sandy byway.
After Houndkirk there is a short half mile road section passing the Fox House before turning right onto the bottom of Burbage valley. Burbage valley is a very similar trail surface to Houndkirk however it is considerably smoother with less loose rocks. It is a nice gentle 1.5 mile climb up to the top to gain the last bit of elevation for the main decent back to the bike garage. At the top of Burbage valley turn left and instead of following the road, pass through the car park as a short steep little technical climb cuts out the long road bend and keeps you off the road just for a little bit longer. After the last little climb from the car park the road forks into two, this route follows it to the right hand side before dropping down on a road section to the bottom of Stanage Edge. Just before the cattle grid turn right onto North Lees road, follow North Lees road for half a mile before turning right again just before the cattle grid. On the left-hand side there is a bridleway that drops into the woods, take this and follow the trail through the woods and into the fast rolling field behind North Lees campsite and into Cottis Side.
This is a really enjoyable route that holds up in most weather conditions, it has a little bit of something for everyone and regardless of the weather it is always a good ride out! If you were to make a day of it in the summer make sure you stop at Thorpe farm for some locally made ice cream, the perfect way to start or finish a ride.
The Trail at Lady Cannings was crowd-funded by the local riding community. Organised by Ride Sheffield a trail advocacy group run by volunteers. We have supported their work over the years and would encourage you to support them with either your time or cash donations to help maintain the trails in and around Sheffield.
Length: 20 miles (32km)
Elevation Gain: 3,000ft (914m)
The route does have some tough climbs that can test a rider if they don’t pace themselves, it is best to take it steady putting the effort in on the climbs and descents while recovering on the flats. Hope is positioned just before the halfway mark making it a perfect place to stop for some food and drinks before starting the second half if you need it!
The route starts at the Bike Garage in Bamford before a short but steep road climb to Offerton, after 1.7 miles and roughly 380ft of climbing the route moves onto a bridleway climbing up towards Shatton Lane. This bridleway works along the hillside through an open field before joining up onto Shatton Lane, a gravel road providing brilliant views to the right with a few gates along the way. This bridleway is followed for roughly 2.2 miles before turning left at a gate with a large chain on it, keep an eye out for this as it is very easy to fly past.
At this point the route has its first major descent from Bradwell Edge down to Bradwell. It is a 0.5 mile route dropping just over 350ft, it is a fairly tight singletrack descent that is a little overgrown in some places and has a couple of gullies you need to keep an eye out for. Once at the bottom of this descent the route shoots through a straight offroad section that comes out onto a farm track before taking a left and finally dropping into Bradwell. From Bradwell the route joins onto the bridleway that takes you behind and through the Breedon Hope Cement Works, this is a cool industrial area that has a number of bridges going over the top of the bridleway and gives it quite a unique feel, just be aware of vehicles at the crossing points because this is an active worksite! After the bridleway joins onto Pindale Road turn right and follow it for roughly one mile down into Hope, here you can stop for some food and to fill up your drinks.
From Hope the route follows the Edale Road for almost a mile before joining Fullwood Stile Lane and then going on to the Roman Road, the turnoff is just after a narrow bridge and continues in the direction you are riding up towards Win Hill. The Roman Road climb is about a mile and a half long and climbs just over 250ft before taking you to Hope Cross.
At Hope Cross the route follows straight towards a descent called spud alley (Google Maps calls it the Roman Road), this is one of the longest descents on this route. Spud Alley is a wide rocky descent with thousands of small lose spud sized rocks that move making the lines different each time, it is a tough descent but as long as you keep your speed and look out for the smoothest line you can get down fairly smoothly. The descent is just over half a mile long and drops you almost 300ft down to a small road that leads to the A57. The next climb is up to Rowlee Farm, the crossing over the A57 is fairly clear but be extra careful when listening out for cars as it is a fast road. The Rowlee Farm climb is all tarmaced but is quite significant as it covers almost 250ft in just under one mile. Once at the top of the climb the route turns right and heads down towards the Hagg Farm descent, signs are at the top of the climb showing the direction to Hagg Farm.
The Hagg Farm descent is a brilliant offering of five deep wide berms working their way into the woods for a finish on a rocky descent similar to Spud Alley but a little more tame, this descent makes for some brilliant pictures just be aware of the gate at the start of the woods. Once at the bottom of the descent it’s time to cross the A57 again and head down to the bottom of The Beast taking a left on the first significant right hander, from here the route follows the reservoir firetrack for just shy of a mile before climbing up the horrid climb (Strava name isn’t so PC).
After the horrid climb the route takes a left towards Win Hill before dropping down the Aston Bridleway into Aston then following Thornhill Lane and turning left onto Water Lane, this is an easy turn off to miss so keep an eye out for the wooden post with the white sign on it (See picture below). After following Water Lane for half a mile turn right into the Thornhill Recreation Ground and back into the Garden Center and Bike Garage.
This loop is a really good day out and is currently running the best it has been for a while. It covers 20 miles over 3,000ft of climbing with four solid climbs and four rewarding descents ranging from wide rocky trails to tight singletrack. The views over the peak district from the Roman Road are of the best in the Peak District and the option to stop in Hope for refreshments makes it perfect for someone wanting to take it steady and make a day of it as well as those who want to push themselves.
You can download the GPX of the route by following this link
Length: 17 miles
A good medium distance route with two significant climbs and descents looping around the beautiful scenery of the Ladybower and Derwent reservoirs.
This route starts and finishes at the Bike Garage with an option to stop at the Upper Derwent visitor centre cafe halfway around the 17-mile ride. With two main climbs and two main descents, this route climbs 1,700 ft and is almost entirely offroad.
Starting at the bike garage this route turns right out of the carpark and through to the Bamford recreation ground behind the shop. After passing through the open grounds turn left onto water lane then a little further along turn right onto the Thornhill trail. Follow the Thornhill trail for just over one mile to the Ladybower dam, cross over the dam towards the A6013 before turning left and following the wide pavement/cycle path for just over one mile again. This brings you to the road that follows alongside the reservoirs towards the visitor centre, on the left hand side is the first major climb to the top of Crook Hill farm.
After the climb to Crook Hill farm the bridleway works through the fields with a couple of little steep climbs for 1.5 miles before arriving at a gate, go straight through this one instead of dropping down the bridleway to the right, keep following the bridleway for another half a mile bringing you to the top of the Hagg Farm descent. Follow the treeline to the right for half a mile again passing the lockerbrook farm outdoor centre before descending down the first of the two major descents on this ride.
This first descent is just shy of one mile dropping you just over 400ft. It is a varied descent starting smooth and gradually getting steeper and becoming a little rocky towards the end. This is a very fun descent that has recently had drainage work on so it is running very well! After shooting down to the road turn right and follow it down to the roundabout taking the first exit to the bottom of the Derwent Dam. Keep following the road that becomes a gravel track for just over one mile, when you get to the gate take the trail that splits off to the left through the field and up the stone slabs.
This is a tough climb if you make it up to the old buildings without putting a foot down you deserve major kudos! From the old buildings, the bridleway climbs a further 370ft over just half a mile before levelling off and following the wall line to the right, this is a perfect time to look to your right and take in the beautiful views of the reservoirs below. After the last little kick up to the top of Whinstone Lee Tor it is time to descend down to the Ladybower Inn.
Be careful when getting to the road as it is a fast one that is busy all the time. Cross over the road heading down to the traffic lights and turning left over the bridge. From here the route traces itself back to the bike garage, a nice gentle finish along the Thornhill trail.
This route comes in at 17 miles, with two main climbs and two main descents and the option to link into other routes this is the perfect starting point for people wanting something a little more challenging from a fitness point of view.
Length: 11 miles (17.7km)
Elevation Gain: 1,220ft (370m)
The 11 mile loop has something for everyone and provides some incredible views over the Mam Tor Ridgeline. The Beast descent is challenging and does require a certain amount of bike control and confidence, large rocks and loose stones can throw experienced riders off however it is a brilliant descent if you have the confidence.
The ride starts at the Bike Garage in Bamford, taking a right at the main road and another right at the wooden gate just opposite Shatton Lane. From here the ride works its way to Water Lane through the Bamford and Thornhill Recreation Ground, a large open space just behind the Bike Garage. Water Lane is followed for almost half a mile before joining onto Thornhill Lane, this is followed for roughly 0.2 miles before turning left by the red phone box keep an eye out for it!
After following Thornhill Lane for a mile the route takes a sharp right heading up towards the Aston Bridleway, you will ride down a few fast hills before this so keep an eye out for traffic! After the steep little climb to the house at the top, the bridleway is on the left by the gate, this is a perfect place to stop and have a drink etc.
From here the route is all offroad and it has a huge range of surfaces, the first bridleway climbs roughly 370ft over 1.1 miles, it has a couple of gates along the way so respect the land owners and close them once you have got through them. On the day of filming (21st June, 2018) the bridleway was running perfectly and even a bit dusty but note that trail conditions can change, recent work by Peak District Mountain Biking has vastly improved the drainage so it should be ok regardless of the weather.
After following the bridleway for just over a mile you get to the highest point of the ride, if the weather is clear you will be rewarded with brilliant views of the Peak District and the Mam Tor Ridgeline. You will see a green sign identifying the footpath up to Win Hill and the bridleway that you have just ridden up, the Beast of Hope Cross continues away from Win Hill towards Hope Cross via some grassy, sandy bridleway. The climb to Hope Cross is a fairly technical one, it is loose and rocky with a number of steps along the way, keep it in a low gear and make sure the legs keep spinning! Once at the top of this climb the route turns right to go down The Beast, this is the main feature descent of this loop dropping you 330ft over 0.5 miles. The Beast is rocky, loose and often changes so make sure you keep an eye on the trail in front of you, on this run I found a log down across part of the trail! Towards the bottom of The Beast the route goes through the gate towards the large firetrack that runs along the bottom of the Ladybower Reservoir. This wide firetrack is followed for around 3.2 miles before joining onto the Thornhill Trail, it is easy to speed down the road and miss the trail so look out for it on the right hand side as you pass the reservoir. The Thornhill Trail is followed for 1.5 miles before joining back onto Water Lane and through the recreation ground before getting back to the shop.
This loop provides riders with a perfect mix of terrain and riding without having to cover mega milage or altitude. If you are hiring a bike from the Bike Garage it works perfectly as you are able to start and finish from the hire point! This ride took just over one hour to complete but it is safe to allocate up to two and a half hours depending on how long it takes to climb, how many stops you take and how fast you descend. There are a number of scenic spots along this route making it perfect for someone wanting to take it steady and enjoy the views.
You can download the GPX of the route through Strava by following this link.
Length: 6.5 miles
Starting from the shop we prefer to complete this loop in a anticlockwise direction. Heading from Shatton up brough lane, before hitting the high point at Shatton moor. Rewarded with a swooping singletrack descent down to Offerton Hall. With a short section of track to bring you back to Shatton.