Explore the Peak Park on two wheels

Cycling in the Peak Park'By Peak District National Parks
Cycling in the Peak Park'By Peak District National Parks

If you love inspiring landscapes, panoramic views and a cycle-friendly countryside then you’ll love the Peak District National Park.

The Peak District is home to some fabulous off-road cycling routes including 65 miles of easy going traffic free family friendly trails.

Cycling in the Peak Park'By Peak District National Parks

Cycling in the Peak Park'By Peak District National Parks

Cycling is the perfect way to experience the countryside.

There’s plenty of choice of routes to cycle whether you’re planning a short ride for an hour or so, or you would like a longer outing.

Hear the birdsong and smell the wildflowers as you pedal and give yourself time to stop awhile.

This is a special landscape and you need time to admire those views!

Cycling in the Peak Park'By Peak District National Parks

Cycling in the Peak Park'By Peak District National Parks

Head for the Tissington Trail and enjoy a leisurely flat cycle ride through the beautiful Peak District countryside. Take a breather in Tissington, famous for its well dressings in the summer and stop to ad mire Tissington Hall, a fine Jacobean mansion.

If you want more of a challenging ride the reservoirs of the Derwent and Howden is the place for you. They were built nearly 100 years ago with the famous Dambuster Ladybower opening in 1945. With the combination of water, woodlands and high moorland, the Upper Derwent has become a unique place for wildlife.

For those who are less able we provide a range of bikes at Parsley Hay including mobility scooters, electric bikes, tricycles, hand-cranked and wheelchair bikes.

You can even have a go on a tandem and share the load.

Join our rangers and learn more about nature at one of our summer events.

On Wednesday, August 20, try off-road mountain bike riding for beginners - at Cardlemere Loop, It runs from 10.30am to 2.30pm and is an 11 mile cycle ride for families along the traffic-free High Peak Trail and Cardlemere Lane – an unsurfaced track. Mostly flat but a challenging short climb and an exhilarating long descent.

On Sunday, August 24, why not go for cycles, cotton and cheese?

It takes place between 11am to 4pm and is a leisurely undulating cycle ride through parts of the White Peak and South West Peak landscapes with stunning views and taking in parts of the Dove Valley, the Tissington Trail and the national cycle network.

Some of our guided walks and rides are charged others are free but donations are welcome.

To find out more about guided walks, cycle rides and other activities all year round visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting to book or call us on 01629 816211.

And you can even experience the Peak Park on two wheels if you don’t own a bike.

You can bring your own bike or hire one of ours at our cycle hire centres:

n Ashbourne Cycle Hire is situated at the southern end of the Tissington Trail just outside Ashbourne town centre. It is accessed easily via the A515 from Buxton, the A52 from Derby or the A523/A52 from Leek. Call 01335343156.

n Derwent Cycle Hire is situated in the picturesque Derwent Valley. It is accessed from the A57 Sheffield to Glossop road. Call 01433 651261.

n Parsley Hay Cycle Hire is situated eight miles south of the spa town of Buxton at the junction of the High Peak and Tissington Trails. Easily reached via the A515 from both Buxton and Ashbourne. Call 01298 84493.

Centres are open from 9:30am every day from March to October with limited opening outside these times.

If you already have your own bike, our knowledgeable staff can help with cycle servicing or emergency repairs.And why not ask about our end of season ex-hire bikes for sale at great prices?