Hope Valley to Monsaldale cycle tour

by Alan James - UKC and UKH ? Oct/2011
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Road bikingHope Valley to Monsaldale cycle tour

Derbyshire, ENGLAND

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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 DalesMet 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)

This beefy 80km road tour has four distinct climbs and plenty of distance to take you round some beautiful peak countryside.

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+Hope Valley Monsal Dale Tour - The section along the beautiful Eyam Edge past the Barrel Inn, 145 kb
Hope Valley Monsal Dale Tour - The section along the beautiful Eyam Edge past the Barrel Inn

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.


Detailed description

SK1185383749 Barber Booth to Mam Nick. This is one of the best climbs in the Peak with the top zig-zags feeling almost alpine.

SK1523882490 Pindale climb. This quiet little road starts steep but then eases however it keeps going for a lot further than you think, all the while giving great views of the cement factory from above.
SK1976272316 Longstone Edge. The easiest of the bunch which starts steeply but then eases at a bend before giving you great views to the south.

SK2477876455 Froggatt Edge. A local favourite but relatively easy although the longest hill around at 250m in 6km

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