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Pennine Cycleway - Part of National Cycle Network

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Pennine Cycleway - Part of National Cycle Network


The Pennine Cycleway is England's longest 'challenge' cycle route and runs for 355 miles from Derby to Berwick-upon-Tweed, through remote and beautiful scenery in the National Parks of the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales & Northumberland.

Pennine Cycleway Southern Section - Derby to Holmfirth - 81 Miles
The Pennine Cycleway starts in the midlands at Derby Railway Station and uses both on road and traffic free sections to leave the centre of Derby. You then join the Etwall - Mickelover Railway Path (NCN route no. 54 to Burton-on-Trent) for approx. 6 miles before heading north on quiet country lanes to the picturesque market town of Ashbourne. From Ashbourne you join the Tissington Trail for a 16 mile a traffic free section which is very popular with walkers and cyclists. You use a section of the High Peak Trail for a couple of miles before cycling from Sparklow on a marvelously quiet minor road for 4 miles before descending into Buxton.

Leaving Buxton via the first real climb of the route you carry on northwards on undulating country lanes and a section of gated road on the Midshire Way before passing through Whaley Bridge. You cycle past the Bugsworth Canal Basin and leave the open countryside for a while as you pass through New Mills and a steep descent into Charlesworth. With Glossop on your right you have a one mile stretch of traffic free cycling then its on road before joining the Longdendale Trail and a six mile section of traffic free cycling alongside a chain of reservoirs and moorland to the Woodhead Tunnel. From the tunnel it is a short sharp pull up onto Pikenaze Moor and an up and down ride for a couple more miles of traffic free cycling before a short pull up to Winscar Reservoir and the long descent into Holmfirth and the end of the Pennine Cycleway southern section.

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As Derby is the UK's most central city, access couldn't be easier. Centrally based and accessible by the A6, A50, A52 and A38. 15 minutes from M1 junctions 24 or 25. Just 15 minutes drive from Nottingham East Midlands Airport and 50 minutes from Birmingham International.

Accessible by Public Transport: Derby station is 0 miles away.

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