A gravel epic in the north of the Peak District. This 95km loop starts & finishes in New Mills and heads up into the Dark Peak, the most remote part of the region. The route has a lot of variety with sections over rugged moors, passed reservoirs, more technical riding in dense woodland and some punchy off road climbs.
Distance: 95km | Elevation: 2049m
Ride Difficulty 4.5/5
Technical Difficulty 3.5/5
Percentage of Route Off Road 70%
Bike & Tyre Choice: Early October should see good conditions on the gravel trails & bridleways of the Dark Peak. There are technical sections and quicker parts including some on tarmac so at times you will want to be on a gravel bike and at other times a mountain bike would be preferred. On our recon rides we used 38mm Schwalbe G One All Rounds, anything with a similar tread will work.
Countdown to October 3rd
– Stunning views in the Wassenden Valley
– Sections of the Pennine Bridleway
– Escape the crowds on the more remote Northern / Dark Peaks
– Social drink at the finish village
New Mills: 95km, 2049m
An epic 95km circuit in the northern Peak District. Starting in New Mills, we head north up to the beautiful Wessenden Valley and a gradual climb past four reservoirs to the summit of the moor. From here we head south east via Holme Styes Wood with some more technical off road sections through dense woodland. We then head home with a long, gradual descent past the reservoirs and save your legs for one last climb up Cown Edge.
Physical Difficulty: 4/5
What type of bike should I ride?
This route is ideal for gravel bikes with wide (40mm plus) tyres. A mountain bike would be fine as there are few road sections. Road bikes are not suitable for this ride. We have carbon gravel bikes from Pearson available to hire for the day. E bikes are not allowed on this ride.
How do I find out my start time?
We will send you an email after you have booked to choose your start time between 8am and 10am, if you are riding with a friend you can choose to start with them.
Where is the start / finish?
The ride starts and finishes in New Mills. There is free parking onsite as well as toilets & refreshments.
What happens if I have a mechanical / accident?
We have first aiders & mechanics at all the feed stops and ride captains along the route to support.
What shall I pack with me for the ride?
You need to have a water bottle, basic kit to repair punctures, inner tubes & riding with a helmet is compulsory. Our feed stops have water, coke, cake, fruit & the best tasting sports nutrition bars & nut butters from Outdoor Provisions.
When will I get my GPX file
Our local team do a final recon ride 1 week before the event and can make final tweeks then based on route conditions. We will then send out the route GPX within one week of the ride.
New To Gravel Riding?
Rent a Pearson Off Grid bike (£49)
Available in all sizes
Mechanics on hand for bike fitting
Pre ride briefing
Packing List emailed when you book