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Glorious Gravel: Peak District West

Buxton, Derbyshire

Buxton, Derbyshire, UK

Sat 6th February 2021

Starting at 08:45

Organiser's Description

Starting and finishing in charming Buxton, this ride takes in some of the most picturesque parts of the Peak District with a route on gravel tracks for 60% and quiet lanes for 40%. In 81km you will ride both tarmac and gravel climbs, follow Rive Dove and explore parts of the Peaks most people never see.

The ride starts sharply with a gravel climb straight from the off on the Old Macclesfield Road and stays lumpy for most of the first 30km. The second half of the ride is easier with some spectacular scenery around Hartlington and 10km of relatively flat terrain before a lumpy last 5km. At the finish we have a social pint or coffee to celebrate the day before heading home.


  • Glorious Gravel: Peak District West



  • Glorious Gravel: Peak District West

What's Included

GPX Files

Pre Ride Briefing

Two Feed Stops

Free coffee and cake & beer at finish

Ride marshals supporting you on the route


Buxton, Derbyshire

How To Get There

By road: There are six main roads heading into Buxton:

  • A537 West from Macclesfield
  • A6 North from Manchester
  • A5004 North West from Whaley Bridge
  • A53 South West from Leek
  • A6 East from Bakewell
  • A515 South East from Derby

By train: Buxton’s railway station has links to Stockport (45 minute journey) and Manchester Piccadilly (60 minute journey)

By bus: The main bus routes through Buxton travel to Stockport, Glossop, Sheffield, Derby, Bakewell and Macclesfield.

Course Details

This 81km route involves two loops from Buxton - a 27km section heading North and a 51km section to the South. The first loop is punchy with multiple climbs on both gravel & tarmac, including the steep Old Macclesfield Road climb straight from the start. The route heads back to Buxton via the reservoirs and the middle section is relatively quick all the way to Hartlington as we follow the River Dove South before turning North sharply and tackling the 5km climb of Biggin Dale. The last 20km is pretty flat apart from a couple of lumps near home.


Start Time : From 7.45am

Finish time : Between 12pm and 3pm

Preparing For The Ride

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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