- Stay at Peveril of the Peak, a comfortable HF Country House in the Peak District National Park
- Relax in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales
- Flit across the famous stepping stones at scenic Dovedale
- Follow the Tissington, Manifold and High Peak Trails – miles of peaceful off-road cycling
- Explore the area using the very railroads that shaped it
- Cycling through the impressive Manifold valley
- Meals: Dinner
Today is set aside to allow you to arrive in Thorpe at your convenience. You will meet your leader and the rest of the group, and enjoy a leisurely evening meal at Peveril of the Peak.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Ascent: 450m
The Tissington and High Peak Trails are old railway routes that offer miles of traffic-free cycling and form the basis of today’s ride. You start out along the roads, meandering through the Derbyshire countryside to the village of Brassington. Here we join the High Peak Trail and head north-west to Parsley Hay and the junction with the Tissington Trail. Finally, you’ll head south on the Tissington Trail back to Peveril of the Peak.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 750m
This circular ride from Peveril of the Peak takes you through classic limestone country, most notably the impressive Manifold Valley. You start with a hilly outward route, through the villages of Ilam and Wetton to the hamlet of Hulme End. Here you join the Manifold Trail which traces the old narrow gauge Leek and Manifold Railway through the valley. You follow this delightful traffic-free route beside the Manifold and Hamps rivers to Waterhouses, from where you return to your accommodation via the ruins of the medieval Throwley Hall. Then there’s just enough time to have a shower and say your good-byes, before heading home with miles in your legs and lots of great memories!
The White Peak area is hilly, but the majority of the gradients you will be cycling on are reasonable. We will be using a mixture of traffic-free cycle paths and bridleways, as well as quiet country lanes, with some relatively short sections of steep ascent and descent.
Leisure Cycling Grade
Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 trips
Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes
Some modest climbs
Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc)
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
Trips that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 rides. These tours are still suitable for those perhaps who have recently got into cycling, and offer an array of accessible, cycle friendly routes, cycle paths and quiet roads, however there will be some days / sections where you may have to tackle some ups and downs, the occasional steeper climb and perhaps some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc). Suitable for those with a decent level of physical fitness, looking for some leisurely rides with occasional (achievable!) challenges along the way.
Dates & Prices
Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.
A) Shared twin (or double) room (single room may be available on request, for a supplement)
B) Full tour service including guides and a back-up vehicle carrying spares, snacks and extra equipment not needed on your bike
C) At least one leader qualified in First Aid
D) Full-board including picnic lunch and en route refreshments
E) Secure bike storage and bike wash facilities
F) Train station collections / drop-offs on scheduled arrival and departure days
What's not Included
A) Personal clothing and equipment
B) Travel insurance
C) Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.
D) Bike & helmet hire (available if required)
E) Travel or flight costs and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
F) Single room option (may be available if required)
G) Entrance fees to cultural or historical sites and visitor centres
H) Other optional activities
Berkshire Life (June 2019), 5 of the best cycling holidays in the UKAs seen in the press...
With breath-taking views of hills and moorland and intriguing rock formations, the Peak District is the perfect destination for a cycling holiday. Old railway lines converted to cycle paths make this hilly area achievable by bike. On this guided cycling break you can enjoy traffic-free cycling and scenic views from the Tissington, Manifold and High Peak trails. Explore the railways’ past life at the old wharfs, engine houses and workshops along the way. Stay at The Peveril of the Peak, a comfortable country house with a lovely garden, perfect for relacing with a well-earned pint of local ale.