177 miles / 23,000 feet of fully supported mountain biking fun over four days!
21st – 25th September 2017
(spring 2018 dates coming soon, including a new 5 day option!)
The Pennine Bridleway is the longest way-marked mountain bike route in England, passing through two national parks as it makes its way North from Derbyshire to Cumbria. There’s plenty of climbing and spectacular scenery along the way, with each of the four days having it’s own distinct character. There’s every kind of trail, from disused railway lines, grassy tracks to rocky singletrack. In fact the only thing it’s lacking in is tarmac!
This is a must-do ride for every UK mountain biker, with four days presenting a tough but rewarding way to do it.
Who is it aimed at?
This tour is for fit and experienced mountain bikers who like big days out in the hills. Some sections are fairly technical, with the distance and climbing requiring you to be used to a full days riding.
What do you get?
Four nights B&B accommodation
Luggage transfer to your accommodation each day
Lunch at a pre-booked venue every day
gpx/tcx files for your GPS (Basic Garmin cycle computers available to hire for £40)
Back up van and qualified riding guide to provide mechanical, nutritional (and motivational!) support.
Optional transfer with your bike from Kirkby Stephen back to Wirksworth
What you don’t get:
You just pay for your drinks at lunch and your evening meals and beers
How much is it?
£520 per person based on sharing rooms in a B&B
£620 per person for single occupancy in a B&B
Transfer for you and your bike back to Wirksworth is available for £60
How many people?
The tour will have between four and eight riders, as well as our riding guide and our support driver. Book on as a couple, a group of mates or on your own – after a few hills you’ll all know each other pretty well!
If there’s a group of 6 to 8 of you that want your own private tour then get in touch to discus a price and arrange a date.
What kind of bike?
A decent hardtail will be fine, though a short to medium travel full suspension bike could provide more comfort over the four days. Decent sized tubeless tyres are beneficial, along with a good range of gears (this is no place for macho single-speeding!).
Whichever bike you bring, make sure that it’s in good working order with fresh brake pads – and pack some spares!
Why Peak Pedalling?
I’ve been a mountain biker for over thirteen years and have been guiding and leading both road and MTB expeditions for the last five of those. I know how to look after riders to make sure everyone has an unforgettable cycling holiday.
|Arrival day||We’ll pick you up from Cromford station and take you to your accommodation in nearby Wirksworth, then we’ll meet for an introductory meal at a pre-booked venue at 7.30pm where you can meet your fellow riders.|
|Day 1||Wirksworth to Glossop: 47 miles / 4500 feet of ascent
A nice flat start on a disused railway track takes us into the limestone trails of the White Peak before entering the more rugged gritstone of the Dark Peak as we head towards Glossop.
|Day 2||Glossop to Hebden Bridge: 39 miles / 5700 feet of ascent
Todays route is shorter than yesterday, but there’s plenty of climbing as you skirt the northern edge of the Peak District. The trails feel remote, despite the views of Greater Manchester to your left.
|Day 3||Hebden Bridge to Settle: 48 miles / 7000 feet of ascent
Another big day ahead as you leave the South Pennines and arrive at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. The afternoon features some grassy tracks and there’s a couple of short sections that we’ll bypass…
|Day 4||Settle to Kirkby Stephen: 43 miles / 6200 feet of ascent
We finish with a truly stunning route through the Yorkshire Dales that takes us to our final destination near Kirkby Stephen. There’s time for a quick celebratory drink before we depart either back to Wirksworth to your car or on to Kirkby Stephen railway station.We will be aiming to arrive at Kirkby Stephen for 5.00pm, so if booking trains then any time after 5.30pm would be advisable.
A £200 deposit secures your place, with the balance payable six weeks before the tour. Drop me an email or give me a ring and I’ll send you an invoice with online payment options as well as some more tour details. If you’ve got any questions just get in touch!