- 2 1/2 hours drive from Sheffield
Have you ridden around Macclesfield ?
Only an hour from Sheff, but had completely escaped my attention until I went there a few months back and was gobsmacked. Did a 38 mile loop with a hefty amount of technical singletrack.
Swaledale is lovely if you want to drive further, but I wouldn’t do it as a day tripPosted 4 years agogravity-slaveMember
Ladybower is 15 minutes from my house, pretty sure it’s a couple of mins less for Simon so within easy reach, guess he’s looking for something different.
I’ll also have an eye on this thread as since I stopped racing DH I rarely venture far with the bike, but living where I do there’s not much motivation and I need persuading!Posted 4 years agoFOGSubscriber
I drove to Reeth on Saturday from Sheffield in 2 hours easily with wife in car therefore didn’t exceed 65mph, had 5 hour hard ride, followed by tea and cakes at the Dales Bike centre. Steady drive home, was back for 6.30ish. Result, I had a great ride , herself pottered around drinking coffee, eating cakes in lovely surroundings (this is her only hobby), everybody happy.Posted 4 years agosprockerSubscriber
Another vote for the dales if you do not fancy the lakes. I did a 40km ish route provided by the guy at the dales bike centre. Nice route and we only saw 2 other riders and 2 fell runners on the entire ride, interesting lunar landscape on part of it to.
(got a pint of yorskire tea in a cafe on the way round for £1.30 to)Posted 4 years agojohnellisonMember
Seriously though, Calderdale / Hebden bridge has IMO the best English riding outside of the Peaks / Lakes, that I’ve discovered. I’m sure someone can come up with a decent route.
^This. My happy hunting ground. Although it may be worth staying out of Todmorden for a week or two. I can set you up with routes if required. I may be persuaded to do a bit of guiding on Sunday if necessary…
Failing that, the Dales. Can’t beat it.
Except if you go to the Lakes. Oh wait…Posted 4 years agojohnellisonMember
TBH not been out on the trails since last weekend, I’ve been road riding mainly. That said I can’t see it being too bad, the ground is so hard and baked that the rain’s just been running off – hence the severity of the floods in Todmorden this week.
That said, I will probably venture out tonight and report back…Posted 4 years agonick1962Member
If no one offers to show you round Hebden, use the explore option in Strava.Lots of decent bits on there(not all ) that you can link together yourself with an OS map or just follow someone else’s route by clicking on the date in any of the segment’s leaderboards.A good loop is to go up from Hebden up to the Gorple/Widdop/Hurstwood resovoirs then return along the bridleways above Tod. drop down then up and over Stoodley Pike and back down to Hebden. Too many variations to list.Lots of the Hebden honey pot descents start in and around Heptonstall as well as the Pecket Well one you mention.Posted 4 years agogrumMember
Just moved to Hebden, woop! I would agree the Lakes is better (though not ridden that much here yet) but there’s possibly more trails in a smaller area here than most bits of the Lakes.
Pecket Well descent comes out a few hundred yards from my house – never had trails right from the door before. 😀Posted 4 years ago
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