2014 Peak District Cycling Festival takes place between Saturday 14 and Sunday 22 June. Check back soon for more details.
Meanwhile, why not take part in Bamford's Mountain Bike Weekend - click the link to the right for the website
Did you know that, according to the NHS website, cycling for just one hour burns more than 650 calories, tones your lower body and even your upper body if you cycle uphill? That’s not to mention the benefits to your heart! It is an enjoyable pastime alone or with friends or family, so it’s well worth getting on your bike and there can be no better place to cycle than through the hills, valleys and moors of Hope Valley.
Cycling is one of the most popular activities undertaken in the Hope Valley. There are a number of cycle routes in the Peak District that range from mountainous for the more energetic cyclist, to straight and easy going ones that follow old railway lines. Cycle one or more of the many routes around the reservoirs, the Ladybower Loop being one of the most popular, and enjoy the magnificent scenery.
The National Trust has even provided cycle trail information to guide you through some of the most stunning places in this region. Enjoy the Win Hill or the Hope Valley Circuit cycle trails, extending for 20 miles through some of the most famous features of this natural and breathtakingly beautiful scenery. You don’t have to do the full 20 mile ride of course, you can pick and choose which bits you want to do. After a real challenge? What about the 73 mile Hope to Homefirth "Hard As Nails" route?
Whether you are 7 or 70, an experienced cyclist or a novice, there will be a trail for you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been on a bike since your teens, old skills will soon be picked up again and you’ll find yourself wondering why you don’t travel this way more often!
And if you haven’t brought your bikes with you then don’t worry, you can hire a bike from a company such as Peak Tours or the Fairholmes Visitors' Centre or ask in any local bike shop. You can hire tandems, bikes with child trailers or child seats, mountain bikes, hybrid bikes – any type of bike you can think of! Fairholmes also has a picnic area, parking and refreshments, plus an information service, small shop and exhibition area.
Before you know it the whole family can go off on a cycling tour of Hope Valley, enjoying the clean fresh air and burning off the range of tasty home made goodies available in our friendly cafes, restaurants and delicatessens. So despite indulging in home made jams and preserves, amazing cakes and scones topped with the freshest cream, you can still return from your holiday feeling more refreshed, revitalised and a whole lot thinner!
Click the links below for cycing sites and events.