A circuit through the White Peak with three big climbs. This is quite a varied route which has road sections, double track bridleway sections and a fantastic technical single track descent into Bakewell. Traffic can be fast along some road sections and as many drivers are not familiar with the highway code, they may not afford you a respectable distance so confident riders only should attempt this route.
Take the Sheffield road from Baslow and park on the minor road leading south from the crossroads just after passing the Nothern end of Gardom’s Edge. From the parking spot, cross the Sheffield road (heading northwest) and take the bridleway on the left about fifty metres uphill from the bridge. Pass Wellington’s Monument and descend steeply into Baslow, taking care not to hassle walkers as it is very popular with families and there are often young children around so please don’t go down at full speed – respect the other users of the track. Turn right at the mini-roundabout and then left over the old bridge. Turn left again at the end of the bridge and then turn right onto the main road leading to Chatsworth Park. This is very busy with fast traffic at almost all times of the year.
On entering Chatsworth Park turn right through the village of Edensor, following the bridle track where it leaves the road. At the end of the track re-join the road and continue over the top of the hill. As you descend, take the single track bridleway down through the woods on the left, crossing the golf course and picking up the Monsal Trail at the station which is now an industrial estate.
Leave the Monsal Trail and pass through the village of Great Longstone, taking the road on the right that leads up to Longstone Edge. Take the grassy bridleway down to Black Harry Gate. Carry straight on, up the taxing climb opposite. Cross the minor road, through some quarry workings to come out abruptly at the end of a steep singletract section onto the A623. Blast back down to Calver via Stoney Middleton. If you feel that you do not wish to ride this section and require a shorter ride, it is possible to use the track that passes to the right of the opencast workings on Longstone Edge. This brings you out on the Bakewell to Calver road and you can just drop down into Calver that way. To lengthen the ride, adding another climb, go to Eyam and pick up the bridleway that leads back to Stoney Middleton.
From Calver head to Froggatt and turn right just after entering the village to take the road to Curbar village. In Curbar, turn left at the well and you will soon find yourself on the road from Calver leading steeply up to Curbar Gap. Dig deep and slog up to the Gap on the road then turn right and reward yourself by riding the bridleway along the top of Baslow edge back to Wellington’s Monument where you can retrace your steps back to the car.
Disclaimer – probably not needed but her goes anyway … this is an outline route only and you should plan the exact route using a map. Tha climbs are strenuous and the singletrack descent into Bakewell is technical and often muddy and slippery so it is not a novices roure. Ensure that you and your party are properly equipped and of a suitable level of fitness before starting out. Sorry, but we will not be held responsible for any mishaps or problems. Riders attempting this route should be confident in heavy and fast traffic conditions.