Circular cycle route
Perhaps one of my favourite circular cycle rides, not only in the Peak District but the whole of the UK. Taking in the limestone valleys and climbs of the south/west Peak District National Park along many quiet single lane roads offering sweeping views.
The ride has it all, short and steep ascents with a mix of longer climbs too. A word of caution, if you don’t like climbs the Peak District perhaps isn’t the place for you to cycle :).
One of my favourite memories from the ride is the descent down into Glutton Bridge, it’s absolutely breathtaking with not a car in sight! So too is the view along the busy Cat and Fiddle road, I’d personally recommend starting out early as despite the speed cameras and road improvements, the traffic can get pretty hairy/busy particularly with those in sports cars.
The list of scenic views and sights along the way are endless, try the route out for yourself and let me know what you think! Be sure to catch a glimpse of the famous Thor’s Cave along Leek Road when cycling out of Wetton.
As for food stops, you’ll pass plenty of pubs along the way, however in terms of cycle friendly cafes along the route I can highly recommend Tittesworth Water cafe, overlooking Tittesworth reservoir and boasting fine views, The Tea Junction in the former station at Holme End, located at the northern end of the popular Manifold cycle trail and nearby Wetton Mill Tea Rooms.