103km | 1650m
85km | 1450m
59km | 785m
A spring gravel classic in the Peaks taking in the heart of this stunning region.
Starting in Buxton, we take on the best gravel in the Peaks with glorious views in all directions as we head east to Bakewell & then south to the edge of the Peaks.
Unlike most of the road & MTB routes through this region, this ride is (relatively) flat / rolling with just over 1,000m elevation on the 100km long course. The gravel is well maintained and smooth so it’s suitable for riders of all abilities & experience. A great way to see one of the UK’s most beautiful regions.
- Epic rail to gravel trails throughout the route
- Get off the beaten track and ride over rolling hills, passed abandoned stations and remote villages in the stunning Peak District.
- Unlike most rides in this region, the terrain is relatively flat / rolling so it’s suitable for most riders.
Included in Entry
30th March: GPX files and pre ride briefing video sent by email to each rider.
1st April – 7.45am: Ride village in Buxton opens. Collecting your ride number takes approx 10 mins.
1st April – 8am to 9.30am: Ride start. We will give you a short ride briefing and set you off in small groups.
1st April – 6.30pm: Rider village closes
1st April – 7pm: Link to ride times & rider photos sent to each participant by email.
Starting in Buxton, we head west on a fast first 20km to Bakewell mostly on smooth gravel. Just outside of Bakewell we hit one of two “proper” climbs on the day, a 2km road climb averaging 6.5%.
After the first feed stop we head onto more gravel with a lovely 10km section on the top of the hills with sweeping views as we get to near Carsington Water and the southern most part of the ride.
From here its a 35km roll back north to Buxton on more smooth gravel with a fun road descent before finishing with a beer and food at the ride village.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 65%
The medium route follows the long route for the first 45km so you can choose at that point which route to take on.
There is an extra feed stop at 50km and then you get back onto the long route for the High Peak Trail all the way to Buxton.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 60%
A really nice short route taking in a mix of back roads and two long gravel sections. The route follows the long route for the first 30km to the feed stop and then chops out the bottom half, finishing on some nice gravel back to Buxton.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 55%
Bike Selection & Packing List
Bike Choice: The route is largely off road on good quality gravel so we recommend a gravel bike though a mountain bike will be fine. E-bikes are allowed on all of our rides.
Tyre Choice: We will send an update on conditions closer to the ride. The gravel on the route is mostly smooth so a 35-40mm all rounder gravel tyre will be ideal.
Packing List: Bring equipment to be self sufficient on the route (inner tubes, sealant, multi-tool, pump or CO2 etc). We recommend a bell to warn walkers / runners of your presence.
Clothing: Early April in the Peaks can see changeable weather so even if the forecast is good, pack layers & a waterproof jacket. Helmets are mandatory, you will not be able to ride without one.
The ride starts and finishes just outside Buxton. There is free parking onsite as well as toilets & refreshments. We will send the ride village address by email.
Yes, e-bikes are allowed on all Glorious Gravel ride. These must comply with UK law.
We have first aiders & mechanics at the feed stops. There will be a phone number on the back of your ride number – call this if you need collecting.
Yes, we start between 8am and 9.30am and set people off in small groups so the off road sections are not too busy. Please come to the start line with anyone you want to ride with, we will give a short ride briefing and set you off.