Family Cycling in the White Peak

It’s not called the Peak District for no reason.....but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy cycling with the whole family. On the contrary, the White Peak is the perfect family cycling location. With the rolling terrain and picturesque mill towns there is something for everyone. Check out some of our recommendations. 


Carsington Water A 2 miles long reservoir with an off road 8 mile circuit, ideal for riding bikes. Relatively flat cycling with a variety of other activities for the family, kayaking, sailing, SUP and fishing. Onsite cafe with great facilities and loads of other stuff for the kids. [carsingtonwater.com] 


High Peak Trail At 17.5 miles, the High Peak Trail is on the longer side and is one of the hillier options, Running from just outside Cromford to just outside Buxton. At Parsley Hay the trail meets the Tissington Trail to the south. Both were formerly part of the Cromford and High Peak and the Ashbourne to Buxton railway lines. [https://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/trails/high-peak-trail] [https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-route-on-the-national-cycle-network/high-peak-trail/] 


Tissington Trail 13 miles from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay, where the route meets the High Peak Trail. Formerly part of the Cromford and High Peak and the Ashbourne to Buxton railway lines. Passing through lovely Tissington and the beautiful Derbyshire Dales. The trail also passes near Dovedale with it’s stepping stones across the river Dove set in a dramatic limestone ravine. [https://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/trails/tissington-trail] [https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-route-on-the-national-cycle-network/tissington-trail/] 


Cromford Canal Flat scenic track from Ambergate to Cromford, access the High Peak trail at High Peak Junction or just continue to Cromford for a cup of tea and an ice cream. [https://www.cromfordcanal.info] 


Monsal Trail Measuring 8.5 miles from Bakewell to Blackwell Mill. Traffic free former Midland Railway line. Taking in some of the regions most spectacular limestone landscape. Wildlife, geology, industrial and rail heritage, as well as numerous tunnels. You would be well advised to pack some lights (https://www.decathlon.co.uk/C-848000-bike-lights) [https://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/trails/monsaltrail] [https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-route-on-the-national-cycle-network/monsal-trail/] 


Manifold Track Out of Derbyshire and in to Staffordshire the Manifold Track follows the route of the disused Leek and Manifold Light Railway, through the Manifold and Hamps Valleys from Waterhouses to Hulme End. Noted for the quality of its’ surface throughout it’s length making it ideal for little legs and people with limited mobility. 9 miles in length with short sections on minor roads. Notable for it’s 100m long tunnel. [https://www.visitpeakdistrict.com/things-to-do/manifold-track-p686581]