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Stately homes and standing stones cycle route

Type:Cycle Route

DE45 1NW

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Stately homes and standing stones cycle route


Stately homes and standing stones cycle route

Medium route for leisure cyclists

Distance: 26.5 miles

Experience typical White Peak landscape, a Stone Age henge and a Bronze Age stone circle, magnificent historic houses and their parklands.

Start from Hassop or Bakewell former stations on the Monsal Trail. Passing through the busy market town of Bakewell famous for its pudding and medieval bridge over the River Wye, head up towards the village of Sheldon. You pass the remains of Magpie Mine before continuing on to Monyash, an attractive village with limestone cottages and farmhouses centred on the village pond.

Carry on towards Youlgrave and via the hamlet of Alport before climbing up to Stanton in the Peak, an attractive gritstone village from where you can make a short diversion to see Nine Ladies Stone Circle on Stanton Moor. Before you drop down to Rowsley look out over the Wye Valley to Haddon hall, a lovely medieval manor house and the location of many films.

Follow the signs to Chatsworth, enjoying views of the Duke of Devonshire’s home as you cycle through rolling parkland. Take time if you can to visit the house and gardens, one of England’s finest stately homes. Turn left before the river as you come into Baslow to follow a quiet lane to Hassop and left again before Great Longstone to rejoin the Monsal Trail.

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  • On-site catering
  • Picnic site


  • Children welcome


  • Parking with charge


  • Description of route - Medium route for leisure cyclists
  • Length of route (miles) - Distance: 26.5 miles

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)


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