Sheffield has long had a reputation as a city for the outdoors. Nestled as it is hard up against the eastern flank of the Peak District, it's been a Mecca for cyclists, mountain bikers, climbers, walkers and other outdoorsy folk for generations. It's also a vibrant, exciting city in its own right, with a thriving culture all of its own, which makes it even more enticing as a place to visit for those of an adventurous disposition.
Here are a handful of reasons why Sheffield is spoken of in reverent tones by mountain bikers across the UK. Whether you fancy getting the train to Hope and riding back into the city, or you'd rather start and end your loop in the city itself, these routes include some of the most testing climbs, fantastic views and best descents the entire country has to offer.
Due to the porous quality of the regional sandstone (Millstone Grit) lots of trails in the area drain remarkably well in the winter (although it can, of course, still get extremely boggy in places), and even when the weather is rather inclement, there's loads more grip available under tyre than there is in, for example, more limestone-based regions. Thanks to all that grip, riding some of the sections on these routes can be much more straightforward than they initially seem.
And to top it off, there are also directions to get to and from the Peaks on quiet roads, gentle woodland and as much tranquility as possible, so you can head out, ride some truly exemplary trails and quietly wind your way back into the city before stopping off for a coffee at one of the many excellent cafes.
So grab your bike, don your helmet and get set for some great times ahead!
This route follows trails that have become firm favourites with many Sheffield locals, which easily link into the city via the Sheffield Links routes elsewhere in this Collection. Describing a …
Sitting tight against the eastern boundary of the Peak District National Park, and only a few short miles from Sheffield, the trails on Blacka Moor are popular with locals who …
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One of the great things about living in (or close to) the glorious city of Sheffield is the mass of mountain biking right on your doorstep. Here’s a route for a car-free day: take a train out, then ride back! Of course you could get dropped off by car, but that wouldn't really be in the spirit of the ride!
So, so many rides in the Dark Peak can be considered classics - but in the minds of many, this is the one that immediately springs forth. It encapsulates so much that's fantastic about riding in the area - great views; long, grinding climbs; short sharp shocks; technical descents - and all on the Millstone Grit geology that eats drivetrains and brake blocks for breakfast.
Jacob's Ladder is one of those climbs which has entered into legend amongst the UK's mountain biking fraternity (at least, those of a certain age). It's brutally unforgiving, with difficult …
This is a very useful way to ride from the city into the Stanage Circuit, or to link into the start of the Blacka Moor route and the awesome network of trails on Blacka and Totley Moor. It's also just a great way to get into the Peaks and strecch your legs, and it has views of its very own to enjoy.
For those Sheffield dwellers who live a little further south, the Peak District can be accessed via trails in and around Ecclesall Woods. These trails are also an excellent return …