Road cycling

There are tonnes of amazing rides right from the cottages. 

We hope to help you make the most of your time by providing some choice route selections for you, but please bear with us whilst we curate this information!

The Lookout 40km Time Trial - If you like a 40km blast or just a day long cruise this loop will give you just over 40km of Peak District valleys, hills and quaint villages. This loop avoids the 25% Strava segment hill climb at the end, but you can take it if you like! It's the left fork up the steep hill after you pass Cressbrook Mill on your left!

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The Hidden Valley & Forgotten Village - This 37km loop packs a punch. Taking you up Bradwell Edge before dropping you down the secret Abney valley towards Hathersage and the David Mellor Design Museum, good coffee here or in Hathersage. Onward up a dis-used road to Eyam, the famous "Plague Village". From Eyam it's up over Longstone edge for a beautiful decent to Great and Little Longstone where you can try and resist the pull of a beer in the Packhorse Inn! Finally back to the Monsal Valley and that climb back up to The Lookout. 

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Dragons & Descents - A slightly longer route but worth the effort for the marquee climb of Winnats Pass and the glorious descent over the back of Mam Tor through the Edale Valley. You'll roll out over the tops through Tideswell before dropping down into the picturesque village of Castleton. Conquer Winnats Pass (House of the Dragon location) and be rewarded with the Edale descent. Through Hope before a fast drag down to Hathesage from here, you can follow the Eyam route back to top up the Kms to over 60, or sneak back via Litton for a pint in the Red Lion on this route. 

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The Duchess & Darcy - Who looks silliest? Cyclists in lycra or people wafting about in a period drama? Time to go find out! Take in the breathtaking views and grounds of Chatsworth House (Pride & Prejudice and The Duchess). Drop down the steep hill out of The Lookout, along the valley floor then attack the famous Monsal Hill Climb. Cruise down to Ashford-in-water before rolling along the tops through Lathkill Dale Nature Reserve and into Youlgrave. Here you'll take some beautiful single lane roads over Harthill moor, passed Robin Hood's Stride and the Nine Stones Close Stone Circle. On to the beautiful villages of Alport and Stanton in the Peak before dropping down to Rowsley. From here its the sweeping views of the Chatsworth estate and the house itself. Keep your eye out for Keira before passing the chocolate box village of Pilsley. At the Hassop station cafe you can choose to go back on the roads through the villages or make a straight line on the old railway line, the Monsal Trail through the tunnels and back to Cressbrook before climbing back up to The Lookout. NB - the Monsal Trail is fairly smooth and should be fine for road bikes. 

You can download the .gpx here