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The Long Route

The beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest

A true challenge covering the very best of the Peak District National Park. The route will test the legs of all you men and women of steel out there!

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Total Distance

100 Miles

Elevation

7,565 ft

Effort

6/6

Completion

6-8 Hrs

Food Stops

en route

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Ilam

Breakfast (14mi)

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Errwood Sailing Club

Refreshments (37mi)

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Edale

Lunch (50mi)

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Little Longstone

Refreshments (68mi)

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High Peak Junction

Afternoon Tea (88mi)

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Elevation

Starting elevation 1,110 ft above sea level. Highest elevation marked at 1,725 ft above sea level.

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Route Highlights

High Peak & Tissington Trails

Brace yourselves - 100 miles of the Peak District’s harshest climbs await! From the beating heart of the Festival site at Friden Grange, you’ll warm up along two of the Peak District’s signature trails: the High Peak Trail and Tissington Trail, which lead to the first feed stop 14 miles in at Ilam, gateway to the picturesque Manifold Valley. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at this glorious National Trust site, and be on your way to lumpier, more challenging terrain.

Axe Edge & The Goyt Valley

Onwards from Derbyshire you’ll ride the lanes of Staffordshire where your strength against gravity will be put to the test towards Axe Edge. Relish the stunning views of nearby Cheshire in one direction and the backdrop of the beautiful Peak District countryside on the other and be sure to recover on a sweeping descent to Errwood and Fernilee Reservoirs in the Goyt Valley, on the cusp of the Dark Peak. The Errwood Sailing Club will provide much-needed coffee, tea and cake 41 miles in to fuel the undulating roads through Chapel-en-le-Frith and Rushup Edge.

Mam Nick

A short, sharp stinger of a climb leads to one of the most rewarding views into the Hope Valley from the top of Mam Tor (meaning “mother hill”). You’ll be rolling near rocks over 320 million years old as you test your brakes down the steep but smooth, iconic descent of Mam Nick. With an empty tank, you can replenish your stores at the halfway point at our new feed stop in Edale in the middle of the Hope Valley. Make sure you stock up from a range of sandwiches, pork pies and local sweets and savouries - bigger, longer climbs await your wheels!

Monsal Trail

Rolling terrain and respite through the charming villages of Litton, Cressbrook and Great Longstone, which are new on the route this year, lead to the classically delightful Monsal Trail, a former cross-Pennine railway line built back in 1863. Shortly after passing the market town of Bakewell a short, sharp climb through the forest leads to Beeley where a gradual 2-mile closed-road climb brings you to the top of the Moor and its huge vistas.

River Derwent

After leaving the Peak District National Park boundary, you’ll traverse the quiet lanes of Derbyshire with views to Matlock and its towering cliffs before dropping down to the River Derwent for your final refreshment stop. At 87 miles, grab a final bite to eat from a selection of local cake and snacks, refill your bidon and take in the atmosphere. Just when you thought you’d climbed them all, you’ll rejoin the High Peak Trail for one last gear-grinding off-road climb and the final stretch of the route back to base where you’ll cross the finish line and be welcomed with the cheers of other Festival-goers at Friden Grange.

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Short Route

Tourist

Elevation 1,849 ft
Difficulty 2/6
Typically 3-4 Hrs
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A great choice for families and riders of all abilities. A few undulations will stretch your legs but the route has plenty of traffic-free sections making it safe for everyone.

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60

Medium Route

Sportsman

Elevation 4,560 ft
Difficulty 4/6
Typically 6-8 Hrs
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A bit more adventurous and requires reasonable fitness. Several long climbs will give you a stern workout but the descents are glorious.

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100

Long Route

Hero

Elevation 7,565 ft
Difficulty 6/6
Typically 8-10 Hrs
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A true challenge covering the very best of the Peak District National Park. The route will test the legs of all you men and women of steel out there!

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