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Cut Gate Path, Peak District

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Cut Gate Path mountain bike trail is in the Peak District in Derbyshire. It is a classic technically challenging natural trail. It's an out and back trail and can be ridden either North to South or South to North. It's a tough trail so don't be too disheartened if you are walking at times. 

The trail is technical singletrack in a remote, exposed setting. Expect lots of rock, steep descents and tough technical climbs. There is also some man made stuff thrown in and it's renowned for the challenging technical steps at the bottom near Cold Side. It can get boggy in wet weather.

Useful Sites

  • Hit The Hills - has a detailed description of a 40km route as well as a GPX route along with turn by turn instructional directions. You can start from Bamford or Ladybower Resevoir or from Langsett. 
  • Mountain Bike Rides - has a 58km epic connecting the two classics of Doctor's Gate & Cut Gate Path. They have turn by turn descriptions as well as GPX maps to download. Starts from the Ladybower Reservoir.
  • Check out the GPS routes in the Resources section below and in our dedicated GPS trail section.

Other Stuff

  • Eyam has lots of café's, pubs and bed and breakfasts. There are quite a few free car parks along the edge of the reservoir including the Fairholmes visitor centre.

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August 05, 2016
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Submitted by: stumpy_dan
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.
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Submitted by: iBikeRide
Doctor’s Gate and Cut Gate, Peak District MTB Route is two awesome routes put into one. The trail starts in Sharoe Green and is 36 miles long.
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Submitted by: iBikeRide
Glossop - Cut Gate is a mountain bike route in the Dark Peak side of Peak District. It is graded Hard / Difficult and is a mammoth 44.7 miles long. It starts from Glossop, in the Peak District. It takes you through Edale valley and over Cut Gate for some great, technical Dark Peak riding. It is a hard ride that should not be underestimated. If you are of good fitness it should take 6-8 hrs to complete. It is definitely worth the effort as it contains a number of challenging climbs and fantastic descents.
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Submitted by: iBikeRide
Cut Gate Path in the Peak District is a technical out and back trail. It's a tough, remote, rocky and steep. It can get boggy in wet weather.

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Best trail in the Peaks,
(Updated: August 07, 2016)
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3.7
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5.0
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3.0
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3.0
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5.0
Good facilities for the trail at either end at the car park at Langsett Barn or the upper Derwent visitor centre. The trail is very remote and exposed once your on the tops, so better check the weather before heading out. Cut gate is full of tricky climbs with rocky singletrack and flagstones but a lot of fun and its Well worth adding a loop of Langsett reservoir along the yorkshire water bridleway through the woods to the ruins of North America farm before the climb back along cut gate to the upper Derwent valley. Well worth waiting for a dry spell and a bit of sun to get the best out of the route.

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Good Points
The descent down to Langsett res is the best I've done in the peaks.
Bad Points
Can be a bit dodgy when weather is bad.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Cut gate - out and back from fairholmes
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Best ride in the peaks when it's dry on a summer evening. Get a early evening start and you can have the trail to yourself. Good options at either end to extend, best trails are on the ladybower side (lockerbroke, etc).

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Good Points
Long techy descents
Can be riden either way and combined into an all day epic ride.
Progressive - as you improve so does the trail.
Coffee available at either end
Bad Points
Awful when wet
Some Walkers can be a pain but a very small minority
Gets busy on summer weekends
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A bit of hike-a-bike hurt nobody
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3.6
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4.0
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4.5
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1.5
I rode this route after reading about it in MBR. As usual the ride didn't quite live up to the write-up but it was a good day out nonetheless. I started from a car park by Ladybower reservoir and rode up past the other dams up to the moor. There was a fair section of bike carrying to gain altitude once on the bridlepath. Due to the out and back nature of the ride this gave an opportunity to examine what would be the final steep descent on the way back.

I chose to take my light 100mm travel hardtail on this mission which was great for going up, but it really lacked what was needed to take on some of the technical descents. The rocky moonscape which dominates the summit can take some time getting through in both directions. If you can cope with lugging a heavier bike up there you'll really get the most out of the ride.

Best ridden in drought.

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Good Points
Good descents
Peaks Bridleways usually well signposted
A feeling of remoteness
Bad Points
Sarcastic Walkers
Can be heavy going carrying your bike around
Wet even after 2 weeks of good weather
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