Hope Valley to Monsaldale cycle tour
Distance 49.71 miles (80 km)
Total ascent 1,784m
Steepest climb 18% (1 in 6)
Time 3:30 – 5:30 hours (Road biking)
Start Start and finish at Ringinglow on the main road out of Sheffield to Stanage and Burbage. There is plenty of parking here and a pub for when you have finished (although it isn't a great pub), SK290837; Finish , SK290838
Nearest town Sheffield
Terrain Some gentle hills interspersed with some hard climbs. The central section from Pin Dale to Longstone Edge is on delightful quiet country lanes. The rest is on slightly busier roads.
Climbs (bike) There are four main climbs of between 200m and 250m.
Climb 1 - Barber Booth to Mam Nick.
Climb 2 - Pindale above Castleton.
Climb 3 - Longstone Edge.
Climb 4 - Froggatt Edge.
Weather and hill conditions mwis: Peak District & Yorkshire Dales – Met Office: Peak District
Maps OS Explorer 278 (1:25,000), OS Explorer OL24 (1:25,000), OS Explorer OL1 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Dark Peak (1:40,000), OS Landranger 119 (1:50,000), OS Landranger 110 (1:50,000)
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Tourist info Sheffield (0114 221 1900); Chesterfield (01246 345 777); Rotherham (01709 835 904)
Starting from Ringinglow, you get a gentle warm-up over Stanage (providing there is no westerly blowing in which case it will be more than a warm-up). Drop down here to the Hope Valley and on to Edale before the first, and hardest, climb up to Mam Nick from Barber Booth. From the summit col, a steep descent down the Winnats leads to Pindale which is hidden round the back of Castleton.
The next section is on deserted country lanes across to Litton and then down into Monsaldale via Cressbrook. A short steep climb up then leads to the third big one up Longstone Edge. More country lanes take you up onto the beautiful Eyam Edge with majestic views to the north and south.
From here you drop down into Eyam and Calver before the final drag up Froggatt. From here the roads lead across the moors and back to Ringinglow for your well-earned pint.