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The Short Route

THE BEAUTY OF FATIGUE AND THE THRILL OF THE CONQUEST

A great choice for riders of all levels of fitness. It is fairly undulating but definitely enough of a stretch to give you a challenge.

Endurance

Distance 25 miles
Elevation 1,557 ft
Effort 2/6
Completion 3-4 Hrs

Food Stops

Monyash Brunch (14 mi)

Elevation

Starting elevation 1110 ft above sea level. Highest elevation 1349 ft above sea level.

521m 89m 0 mi 12.5 mi 25 mi

Points of Interest

The High Peak Trail

The former Cromford and High Peak Railway. This was one of the world's first long-distance railway lines, built between 1825 and 1830.

Parsley Hay

A station point along the High Peak line built in 1825

Monyash

John Gratton, the founder of the Quakers lived here 1668-1702

Arbor Low

An impressive stone circle and henge, was likely built around 2000 BC

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Words by Routemaster - Marco Mori

A great choice for riders of minimum levels of fitness - it is fairly undulating but definitely enough of a stretch to give you a challenge. We’ve tailored this route towards families and those looking to experience the true joy of the journey through the 'White Peak', a landscape of green fields and white limestone walls with far-reaching views.

The ride starts on the High Peak Trail towards Parsley Hay ending at the beginning of the High Peak Trail at Chelmorton. Parsley Hay was a station on the Cromford and High Peak railway line in 1825. At 1150 feet above sea level, Parsley Hay station was amongst the highest in England.

Monyash

Brunch at 14 miles

The ride starts on the High Peak Trail towards Parsley Hay ending at the beginning of the High Peak Trail at Chelmorton. Parsley Hay was a station on the Cromford and High Peak railway line in 1825. At 1150 feet above sea level, Parsley Hay station was amongst the highest in England.

You'll next arrive at the picturesque village of Monyash, with a village green overlooked by a traditional English pub, you will have plenty of time to enjoy local hospitality at a welcome food stop here.

Take time to stretch out and enjoy vast local spreads of local food and refreshments to fuel you up for the second leg of your journey. John Gratton (1640-1711), the founder of the Quakers, lived in Monyash between 1668 and 1702 and used the village as a base for his missionary tours to many parts of the British Isles. The most important prehistoric site of the East Midlands, Arbor Low is a Neolithic henge monument near Monyash village - it’s worth a diversion to take a look! The impressive stone circle and henge, was likely built around 2000 BC by people living in the village who also farmed the fertile soils at the head of Lathkill Dale.

A gentle climb out of Monyash completes the top half of the figure-of eight route, with a crossing at Hurdlow Car Park riders cycle pass Parsley Hay and this time riders turn right on the trail enjoy a cycle ride along the Tissington Trail.

After leaving the Tissington trail at Biggin you will head uphill towards the next section of "white road" this section of road is particularly poor and requires you to be alert to the uneven surface and may well require you to walk a short distance before you rejoin the High Peak Trail and head back towards the Festival finish-line.

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25

Short Route

Tourist

Elevation 1,557 ft
Difficulty 2/6
Typically 3-4 Hrs

A great choice for riders of all levels of fitness. It is fairly undulating but definitely enough of a stretch to give you a challenge.

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55

Medium Route

Sportsman

Elevation 3,888 ft
Difficulty 4/6
Typically 6-8 Hrs

A bit more adventurous and does require you to be reasonably fit. Several long climbs will give you a stern work out – but the descents are glorious!

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100

Long Route

Hero

Elevation 8,128 ft
Difficulty 6/6
Typically 8-10 Hrs

A real challenge but it covers all the very best of the Peak District National Park. Open to all you Men and Women of Steel out there!

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