This 21.5 mile mountain bike route is an out and back on the Cut Gate trail directly north of the Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District, with a loop around Langsett Reservoir at the halfway point. This ride has some excellent rocky descending that gets very technical in places. It also crosses a lot of trails on exposed peat, so it is advisable not to ride this route in the wet as there are long sections of trail that can be very boggy.
Start from the car park at the Upper Derwent Visitor Centre (GR172893). At exit of the car park turn right and follow the road to the roundabout behind the Visitor Centre then take the second exit, a gated road directly to the left of the entrance to the Visitor Centre. The road passes underneath the Derwent dam before bearing right and climbing to a junction (GR174894). Turn sharp left and follow lane, which soon becomes a wide gravel track. Keep following the wide track up the right hand side of the valley past the Derwent then Howden reservoirs. Continue climbing past the end of the Howden reservoir then after going through a gate descend a short way to a junction. Turn right to a bridge and ford, at the stream crossing (GR170963).
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Cut Gate
Ladybower Loop is a mountain bike route in the Dark Peak side of the Peak District in England. It is graded as Hard / Difficult in technical ability and is 28.3 miles long. Itt starts from the top end of the Ladybower Reservoir and heads out though Hope valley and returns via Edale valley following some of the best trails the Dark Peak has to offer. With adrenaline inducing descents and tricky, technical climbs this ride will push the limit of your skills and stamina. It starts from the car park at the Upper Derwent Information Centre (GR172893).
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Ladybower Loop
Ladybower Loop - Medium mountin bike route is in the Dark Peak side of the Peak District. It is graded moderate and is 20.3 miles long. It' s an easier option than the full 28 mile route. It still packs in some great Dark Peak riding with some fantastic descents and a lower percentage of tarmac. It is still not an easy option as the rocky terrain will wear out your arms as well as your legs. Start from the Upper Derwent Information Centre (GR172893).
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Ladybower Loop - Medium