This route starts in the wide, flat Dove valley, southwest of Derby. The first 20 miles are gentle riding, largely free from traffic which prefers to use the parallel A50. But then the Peak District hits, with a tough three-mile climb out of Ellastone. It's worth it; this raises you to the Manifold Way, the oldest rail-trail in Britain, where you have the narrow valley exclusively to yourself. Continue past the end of the trail to the Peak District honeypot of Hartington and then, if you're a glutton for punishment, up the final hairpinned climb to the Tissington Trail summit at Hurdlow.
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Enjoyable hilly route. Last ridden in June 2021. The section from Scropton to Doveridge can have fast moving traffic on and there is a section of poor surface, take care. Stupidly tough rocky uphill after Hulme End starting from the River Dove, get ready to push for 15 minutes. Beautiful view afterwards and far better than the busy B5054. Good shops at Hartington.