White Peak MTB

Explore the White Peak on a circular self-guided mountain bike holiday, beginning and ending in Bakewell.

3 to 4 nights
85 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £355 per person

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About this route

This double loop through the White Peak region of the Peak District combines bridleway across green fields and through forests with long, fast grit trails over open moorland.

Rising through rolling green countryside, the White Peak MTB route soon drops you into an alpine-esque descent in miniature to Lathkill Dale, before climbing to a full-speed descent from Birchover. Rolling briefly along a road the trail then climbs stiffly from Two Dales to the reddish Beeley Moor, before descending to Rowsley. Another long climb brings you to excellent singletrack through Manners Wood, then following a thin ribbon of bridleway down through enormous fields, with the splendour of Chatsworth house ahead.

After almost dropping into Bakewell again, via the ‘Golf Course’ downhill, there are excellent trails over Longstone Moor to Eyam. Here, there’s an unmissable rooty downhill between the trees before the trail rises again onto moorland, carved up through Coombs Dale, bringing you to the high-speed exhilaration of descending to Calver. After traversing the spectacular Edges of Baslow, Curbar and Froggatt, the route climbs through the dramatic scenery, dipping into Lady Canning’s Plantation to enjoy the purpose-built MTB trails there. After crossing Burbage Moor and an excellent descent to the edge of Bamford you’ll climb to the spectacular views afforded by Shatton Moor and fill up on adrenaline descending from Bradwell Edge.

It darts off again across the moors, dipping into towns and across fields and woodland, with a final, monumental downhill into Monsal Dale before relaxing along the smooth, hard-packed surfaces of the Monsal Trail to reach the route’s end in Bakewell.

Interactive
Bakewell
85 miles (136 km)
19th March to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Enjoying the fast trails of the White Peak, with big views across the hills and some terrific downhills.

Crossing through the remoteness of the moors and traversing the spectacular Baslow, Curbar and Froggatt Edges.

Dropping into Lady Canning’s Plantation, where you’ll find well-built, fast-paced mountain biking trails.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
C-WP-MB1 A circular trail beginning at Bakewell 3 nights, 3 days riding Demanding / Strenuous£355
C-WP-MB2 A circular trail beginning at Bakewell 4 nights, 4 days riding Moderate£455

White Peak MTB 3 nights, 3 days riding

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Elevation & terrain
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Start

Travel to Bakewell where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Bakewell to Calver. 29.5 miles (47km) / 2848 ft (868 m) ascent

Day 2

Calver to Bradwell. 31 miles (49.5km) / 3068 ft (935 m) ascent

Finish

Bradwell to Bakewell. 24.5 miles (39km) / 3304 ft (1007 m) ascentDepart from Bakewell after completing the tour, or add an extra night in Bakewell during the booking process for an extra charge

Your Itinerary

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than 2.5 miles from the trail to your accommodation.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

Solo Traveller Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Book an extra night into your holiday and see the sights, explore the local trails or take the time to rest and relax in picturesque surroundings.

Wondering where to book that extra night?

Famous for its delicious Bakewell Pudding, the market town of Bakewell is a good choice for an extra night if you’re interested in visiting historic houses — Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House are well within reach by public transport.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 85 miles (136 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days riding
Minimum daily distance: 24.5 miles (39 km)
Maximum daily distance: 31 miles (49.5 km)
Code: C-WP-MB1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 19th March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Bakewell
End of holiday: Bakewell

Elevation & Terrain

Route profile

White Peak MTB Route Profile

Terrain

  • Grit and dirt tracks.
  • Grassy bridleway.
  • Quiet lanes.

The White Peak MTB is primarily off-road, with limited interaction with traffic and few stretches of tarmac. The terrain is largely hard-packed, grit or mildly rutted, with a few more technical sections over bared rock and tangles of roots. Any well-maintained hardtail or full-suspension mountain bike will be suitable for this route.

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air – The most convenient major cities and international airports are East Midlands, Manchester, and Leeds Bradford.

By Rail – There are no train stations in Bakewell. If you wish to travel by train to this tour, please contact us and we can amend your itinerary to meet your needs.

From London – Trains run from London St Pancras and London Euston stations to Derby Midlands (the closest major station to this tour).

Return to the Start – This is a circular route starting and ending in Bakewell.

Please note:

Most train lines will allow for bikes to be taken on board. We advise that you check on https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ as you may need to book a space for your bike or there may be a limit as to how many bikes the train can store.

Most buses in the UK are unable to store bikes on board, so we would recommend avoiding this form of transport.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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