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Glorious Gravel: Peak District East
What better place for a morning gravel ride than the scenic Peak District? We start our 65km ride from the infamous Bakewell and head out to our first pitch at Baslow Hill. We then take in Barbrook Stone Circle, one of the best preserved stone circles in the Peak District and a cracking sport for a photo.
We take stock of our progress in ancient Hathersage before our first feed stop, and then roll over the toughest climb of the day before coffee at Insomnia. One last gravel climb home over Double Dyke before a well deserved beer at Hassop Cafe.
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Pre Ride Briefing
Two Feed Stops
Free coffee and cake & beer at finish
Ride marshals supporting you on the route
By road: The best exit points from the motorways are:
From the M1 - exit 29 to A617 westbound and then A619
Northbound on M6 - exit 14 to A34 and then on to the A520
Southbound on M6/M56/M60 - exit 27 on to the M60 and then on to the A6
From the North (Sheffield) take the A621 then A619 into Bakewell
From the South (Derby/Matlock) take the A6 into Bakewell
From the East (M1/Sheffield/Chesterfield) take the A619 into Bakewell
From the West (M6/Buxton) take the A6 into Bakewell
By train: The nearest stations to Bakewell are at Matlock, Chesterfield or Buxton, each having regular, frequent bus services to the town. Sheffield is a main line station with services across the UK, and is about 17 miles away.
By bus: The Transpeak (TP) bus operates an hourly service to and from Derby, Nottingham, Matlock and Buxton, with a two hourly service to Manchester. The 6.1 service also runs hourly from Derby and Matlock. The 170 service runs hourly to and from Chesterfield, and the 240 and 218 operates to and from Sheffield.
Starting and finishing in Bakewell, this is a fairly challenging route, typical for the terrain in the Peaks. We start off with a climb straight away and head past Chatsworth House before continuing North & West. It is mostly downhill from here with the exception of Double Dyke 12km from home. From the top it is a quick spin back to Bakewell for a well earned pint. As with all gravel rides, we check the routes constantly as things can change much more than on a road ride. The final route is subject to change and will be emailed to you one week before the ride with a full ride brief.
Start Time : From 7.45am
Finish time : Between 12pm and 2pm
Our events are open to all off-road bikes. While it is aimed primarily at gravel & adventure bikes, which are essentially fat tyred drop bar bikes, you are also most welcome on a mountain bike or cyclocross bike. We recommend a tyre width of 33+mm for most for our rides.
What to bring: You will be further from van support or facilities you would find in most towns than with our road trips, so it is advisable to take a little more with you: GPS device with route loaded; spare tube or tubeless plug, pump and/or CO2, mini tool, jacket and/or additional layers
We will email you the GPX route & a full breakdown of the route one week before the ride. Our route director will then be at the start to give you last minute advice and tips. You will be asked to select a start window which we will then confirm one week before the ride to ensure you roll out in group sizes based on current restrictions.
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