LADYBOWER PEAK DISTRICT - TRAIL

LADYBOWER PEAK DISTRICT - Trail, Sheffield, United Kingdom

LOTS OF FAST ROCKY TECHNICAL DESCENTS, GREAT VIEWS AND SOME LONG UP HILL PARTS FOR THE ROADIE MOUNTAIN BIKERS.

User Reviews (12)

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rumbledethumps   Cross Country Rider [Jun 27, 2009]

The other reviewers have said it all really. Went there today with a mate. Head for Hope and park there if heading by car. 'The Beast' rightfully deserves its name. This place has it all. Best to take knee protection whatever your discipline of riding. Superb.

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4
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2
Dannydrift   Weekend Warrior [Feb 04, 2009]

As many top-notch ups and downs as you can manage. A few flowing moorland tracks, but mostly rocky ,filling-loosening descents and manageable climbs (if you seek out the easier options). Not blessed with singletrack, but you'll be glad of multiple line choices!

Customer Service

Go to flattyresmtbroutes.com and look for the Ladybower Medium. I also like to add a detour via Whinstone Lee Tor at the start. This makes it a 'five ups and five downs'route - five and a half each if you count Jaggers Clough. This route also makes the climbs as easy possible so you have something left to hold on over the rocks on the downs! The downhills on this route are multi-lined rockfests. A really good challenge (as I ride a hardatail) to carry enough speed to avoid going over the bars, but retaining some control. My top tips are: Treat the Whinstone descent to the Ladybower Inn as an intro. Use the natural berms on the Hagg Farm downhill. On the Blackley Hey descent look for the gnarlier looking lines that are made up of solid rock rather than moving boulders. Nail the last descent for all you are worth - it is probably the best of all!

Similar Products Used: If you use this as a basis, you can use some others. There is the Beast of Hope Cross (don't ride this unless you really like a beating)! The classic Edale - Mam Tor - Rushup Edge - Roych Clough - Coldwell Clough - Hayfield - Middle Moor - Edale Cross - Jacobs Ladder route is also awesome. This is harder than the Ladybower route and has no real bale-outs - this is the first big off-roader I attempted, and it nearly ended me!
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5
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4
capone   Weekend Warrior [Mar 05, 2007]

This is probably my fave natural route. Contary to popular belief I reaken the clockwise route is best round here. really long technical climb up teh stone slabs to the gate, tehn a nice bit od single track that climbs so well you would swear you were decending. then from teh view point smoe of teh greatest grassy downhill in the the area, loads of lines to take , little jumps to take and speed !
teh other side of teh dam there is another challenging climb up to another great bit of gradual decent before ........ turn right for the BEAST !!
a rocky steep challenging technical drop into the unknown!.
great ride.

Customer Service

clockwise from signposted parking.

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5
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4
Steve Woodward   [May 13, 1999]

Pretty much anything on the OS map of the area, generally the climbs are hard and rocky along with the
decents.

Customer Service

The whole of this area is full of really good off-road
riding. From an easy route just around the lake, to much hard technical climbs and decents on the surrounding hill

Similar Products Used: Try from Edale YHA to Casleton.
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5
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Tom Cramman   [Jun 02, 1999]

Very enjoyable especially in the summer months, can get very muddy in the winter detracting on the enjoyment of the downhills!!

Customer Service

The Route and skill level can be easily varied for each individual rider, from novice to advanced rider. Technical ability is tested on both rocky climbs and fast descents (lots of fun the crazy downhiller's!!!) Just check the OS Map, and pick a route!!!

Similar Products Used: Jacobs Ladder
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4
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Keith Ainsworth   [Aug 10, 1999]

Having ridden in many areas of the UK - this region - the Peak District National Park - is absolute tops for off road biking. The diversity of routes from the rugged 'Dark Peak' in the north to the 'prettier' White Peak in the south. Plenty of great challenges for both fit experienced riders, beginners and an abundance in the summer months, of 'Christmas Trees' pushing their bikes up the climbs - with their copy of MTBUK hanging out of their saddle bags!! Don't you just love effortlessly passing them?!

Customer Service

Numerous routes in the Derbyshire/Peak District region

Similar Products Used: Favourite 'Dark Peak': Ladybower, Whin Hill and Edale
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5
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Dave B   [Sep 13, 1999]

Take the A57 Snake Pass Manchester - Sheffield road to Ladybower Reservoir, turn left at Derwent Valley sign & park at the Fairholmes car park with facilities(cycle hire/repair, clean toilets, snack bar etc).

Follow the access road to Kings Tree (tarmac 5 miles) - where the buses turn round. Carry on a loose shale path for 1 mile to Slippery Stones bridge North of Howden resevoir, cross R Derwent and then follow the other side heading South on loose shale followed by more compact surface later. This area was used by the Dambusters Sqn 617 on their test bombing runs during WWII, but today provides fast & scenic runs, from beginners to advanced. Very highly recommended, but the area gets very busy during the weekends, so perhaps evenings or weekdays are a better bet. Ttal circuit distance 12 miles or a leisurely couple of hours.

Customer Service

Ladybower//Derwent reservoirs

Similar Products Used: Any disused rly in Derbyshire Peak District
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5
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mack   [Jan 27, 2000]

park up on a57 at cutthroat bridge,go over road and thru gate,go upto top of "steps" and climb over the clough.follow track down two fields then turn left up a steep grass track to the edge of the moorland single track called grouse butts,this is steepish and can get very boggy,ride all the way up to derwent edge with great vies behind you of sheffield.drop down into the resevoirs and turn right as you hit the fireroad and follow this till you come to a tarmac road veering to your left ,this leads to the main car park.go straight thru it upto the small roundabout and head left up a slight climbing tarmac road or ride on the track next to it .after about a mile or so there is a steep rocky track that shoots up thru the woods take this and follow it after a good climb you will come to a fire road ,keep goingdown a rocky decent and up once more till you get to the crest of the hill,there is a small but steep little track to yor lefttake it and drop to a 5 bar gate.go thru/over it.ride along this trail with the woods on your left until you come to another gate.there is a steep decent to your right which takes you back down to the resevoirs.on hiting the bottom go across the road and head right along a track parallel to the road.follow this to the a57 bridge then go over the bridge.on reaching the other side then take a sharp hair pin bend back on yourself to the left then another to the right and go up this tarmac road for 200yds this then breaks up into hardcore and you will see a gate.go thru it and up the single track next to a drystone wall on your right follow this all the way up and then decend into the woods and continue until you come out on a track then turn left and climb up a steep rocky hill and up onto the track running parrallel with the a57 ride along this back to cutthroat bridge.good short all round route for a sport rider,with little tarmac breaks to catch your breath after the climbs!!
did this route on boxing day mornin in 99 with blizzard conditions and loved it,snow was settling just nicely!

Customer Service

cutthroat bridge-derwent edge -ashton clogh-woodcock copice-hagg side-viaduct-ashopton-ladybower wood-cutthroat bridge

Similar Products Used: lady bower circle 18m
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4
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Edward.J.Widdlesworth   [Mar 21, 2000]

The air is clean the wildlife is ambiant and the sun always shines! Take a picnic or cycle round just for fun.Any further information requiring any lovely walks E-mail me.

Customer Service

Just stroll any where your heart desires, with a loved one or by ones self its fantastic to be alive!

Similar Products Used: Any other Public access area around Derbyshire,U.K would by wonderful i love being at one with nature!
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5
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Nicola Bird   [Sep 20, 2000]

this route is very long but worth the time it takes you to get round it recommend it to anyone that has a lot of spare time.

Customer Service

I believe this route is very interesting and enjoyable.

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5
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