With every bike hire we can talk you through a suitable route for your requirements. And give you a map to take, so you can get straight to the best trails. Below are a couple examples of some of our favourite route’s.

1# Shatton Mast – Short Loop – 6.5 Miles

This little loop packs in a great mix of singletrack, fast descents and great views. Starting from the shop we prefer to complete this loop in a anticlockwise direction. Heading from Shatton up brough lane, before hitting the high point at Shatton moor. Rewarded with a swooping singletrack descent down to Offerton Hall. With a short section of track to bring you back to Shatton.

2# The Beast of Hope Cross – Medium Loop – From 10.5 miles

Taking on the legend of “the beast“, one the areas most difficult descents. Rocky and rough it takes skill to clear from top to bottom.

This loops climbs up through Thornhill and Aston, before taking a birdleway along the flanks of Win Hill. The true challenge begins at the northern most point of this loop.  In this variation of the route taking the smooth track by the waters edge back.

3# Upper Derwent MTB Classic – Medium Loop – 16 Miles

This route takes in two large climbs, with classic peak district trails on the downs. With big views over the glorious peak district. Heading up towards Ladybower reservoir, taking the trail up onto top of the moorland via Crook Hill farm.  Descending back down to the side of Derwent Reservoir via Gores. A rocky fast trail, giving you a taste of classic trails of the area.
The second main climb takes you up onto Derwent Edge, a bridleway of three sections. A short steep climb, a flat section along below the edge and a singletrack downhill back towards the waters edge.

4# Limestone/Gritstone – Medium Loop – 21 Miles

Taking in both Limestone and Gritstone areas of the Hope/Derwent Valley. Combining some challenging climbs and rewarding descents. Heading Clockwise first through Shatton, up and down through Bradwell via Rebellion Knoll. Before heading up along the Roman Road passing Hope Cross and down Blackley Hey. Climbing up via Rowlee farm and down the awesome Gores decent, taking a Fireroad climb back to the top. Then down the twisty road Hagg Farm decent. Climbing back upto Wooler Knoll and returning via Hope Brinks and Aston.

5# Stanage/Houndkirk Tour – Medium Loop – 22 Miles

This route using a real mixture of old packhorse routes, roads and lanes. Heading north towards ladybower reservoir on the thornhill trail. Before climbing up New Road to stanage edge, and then up through the edge via the causeway. Traveling past the stanage pole and down to redmires reservoirs. Connecting across to houndkirk via some minor back roads. At this stage you have the option of a loop of lady Canning trail.

Before heading over houndkirk to fox house. From here with a little section on the road you climb up burbage valley then back pass stanage and down onto the North Lees estate. At this point you can easily stop by Hope Valley Ice creams at Thorpe Farm. Or return via hurst clough.

6# Thornhill/Upper Derwent Valley Trail – Easy Loop – From 2-18 miles

Traffic free loop ranging from only a couple of miles up to a longer ride your choice. Starting on the Thornhill trail, heading up to and round Ladybower/Derwent and Howden Reservoir. With miles of smooth traffic free explore at your own pace.

About Us

Set up in 2011 by James Irwin, The Bike Garage is a small bike shop located in Bamford, Peak District. Focused on offering high level of customer service, and although we may only be a small shop we stock large brands. Offering bikes for Hire and sale.

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