Mountain bike ride from Edale to Hayfield and back. Derbyshire Peak District cycling
A tough circuit around the southern fringes of Kinder Scout and Brown Knoll - high country with rough, sometimes steep tracks. Few riders will manage to cycle all the way without pushing the bike at times.
Edale to Hayfield and back
|This is a very tough circuit which wanders around the southern fringes of Kinder Scout and Brown Knoll - high country with rough, sometimes steep tracks. Few riders will manage to cycle all the way without pushing the bike at times. It's for experienced mountain bikers who want a tough day out.|
Start from Barber Booth, GR 112848, just off the Edale valley road. If you turn off along the narrow road which leads to Upper Booth then there is a car park just after you pass beneath the railway. Alternatively, if you bring your bike on the train, start from Edale station and cycle up the valley to Barber Booth.
Take the Upper Booth road and cycle through that hamlet, continuing up the valley, past the last farm, as the track becomes gradually rougher. Cross the stream via a narrow bridge at the foot of Jacob's Ladder.
The main track is extremely steep, roughly paved and with occasional steps - to one side an older packhorse track zig-zags up at an easier angle. It's still steep and very rough in places, so most riders will end up getting off and pushing long before the top.
When you have passed the zig-zags the angle eases and the track becomes rideable again. It crosses the watershed at GR 081861 and descends slightly before rising to cross a shoulder, where the stump of Edale Cross (an old wayside cross) can be seen. From here it's fairly steeply downhill, on a very rough track, so the descent is tricky and a little dangerous for inexperienced or reckless riders.
In the centre of Hayfield turn left and follow the road (Church Street) past the church. At the top of the rise this turns right to join the main road (A624) and there is an antique shop on the corner with a large clock. Take the small road which branches off left here - it's called Highgate Lane, but there's no street sign - this is the old road from Hayfield to Chinley. Ignore another left fork (Valley Road) and continue straight on, up the old road, which runs parallel to the A624 most of the way up to Peep O'Day.
The track passes just south of Mount Famine and heads for the gap between that hill and the next one, South Head. There are good views of Kinder Scout from the track around here. Skirt to the north of South Head and soon after the path divides. The left branch goes up Brown Knoll and is not a bridleway, and therefore not cycleable, so take the right fork, which descends diagonally down the hillside.
Turn left and follow the road down to Barber Booth. (Or, if you started at Edale Village, turn right at the first leftward bend and take the bridle path which leads directly (and steeply!) down to Edale Village).
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