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Hills, dales and trails cycle route

Type:Cycle Route

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Hills, dales and trails cycle route


Hills, dales and trails cycle route

Medium route for leisure cyclists

Distance: 9.5 miles short loop; 23 miles full loop

Take a journey through the hills and limestone dales of the Peak District and enjoy traditional villages, medieval settlements, copper mines and a disappearing river.

The High Peak trail, once part of the Cromford and High Peak Railway, takes you north from Parsley hay. A picturesque gated road leads you past the footpath to Pilsbury Castle, one of the finest examples of a medieval motte and bailey castle in Derbyshire.

Cycle down the Dove Valley to reach the charming village of Hartington, once famed for the production of Stilton cheese.  Then a short section of the former Leek and Manifold light Railway – (built to serve surrounding dairy farms 1904 – 1934) passing the quiet hamlet of Ecton, the site of one of the most productive copper mines in England during the 18th century.

 The river Manifold makes it way past Wetton Mill, then disappears underground during the summer months. Look out for Thors Cave, believed to have been occupied by humans as long ago as 10,000 years.

Take a breather in Alstonefield village before re-crossing the River Dove and a hard climb back to join the Tissington Trail at Alsop. As you travel back to Parsley Hay enjoy the views of rolling White Peak countryside and look out for Hartington signal box as you near the end of your journey.

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  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Parking with charge


  • Description of route - Medium route for leisure cyclists
  • Length of route (miles) - Distance: 9.5 miles short loop; 23 miles full loop

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Season (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)


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AlstonefieldAlstonefield, AshbourneAlstonefield is a small picturesque village in the Peak District National Park. It is located in Staffordshire, near to the border of Derbyshire, between the valleys of the rivers Dove and the Manifold.

HartingtonHartington, BuxtonA pretty village at the northern end of Dovedale, the village is set in some of the very best walking country. The scenery in and around this charming old limestone village is outstanding. The village is centred around the spacious square.

Cycle Hire - Parsley HayParsley Hay Bike Hire, Repair & Service Centre, BuxtonLong established, quality cycle hire situated at the junction of the High Peak Trail and Tissington Trail. Over 30 miles of traffic free cycling through stunning limestone scenery.