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!
Errwood Sailing Club
High Peak Junction
Afternoon Tea (88mi)
Starting elevation 1,110 ft above sea level. Highest elevation marked at 1,725 ft above sea level.0 mi 25 mi 50 mi 75 mi 100 mi
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.
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!
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.
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.