Biking and birdsong around Carsington cycle route
Medium route for leisure cyclists
Distance: 21 miles or 18 miles short cut
Discover a tranquil landscape shaped by lead mining and quarrying as you cycle through the limestone hills and dales.
Starting from Middleton Top, where an engine once hauled wagons up from Cromford Canal, head along the former railway (now the High Peak Trail) through a landscape shaped by quarrying but now a peaceful haven for wildlife. Visit the pretty village of Parwich, where there were several lead mines in medieval times.
Continue onto Bradbourne and around Carsington Water, a large reservoir with a visitor centre, café and varied birdlife.
Climb up through scattered settlements towards Wirksworth, a bustling market town with its cobbled yards and local craft shops and where lead was mined since Roman times. The town is home of the Barmote (the oldest industrial court in Britain) and an impressive Norman Parish church.
- Parking with charge
- Public toilets
- Description of route - Medium route for leisure cyclist.
- Length of route (miles) - 21 miles or 18 miles (short cut)
|Season (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)|