- #longshot – Dronfield to Sheffield city centre commute?
I commute from Beauchief and tend to go from Bocking Lane down / up Abbey Lane, through Eccy woods, along Eccy road and get off at Waitrose. Its not the fastest route but is the most cycleable and seems the least congested.
Abbeydale Road and Chesterfield road have too many parked cars / buses in the bus lanes. There are cut-throughs by Brincleiffe Edge / Nether Edge but it breaks up the riding.Posted 3 years ago
I live ‘just south of Chesterfield’ (not Wingerworth….) and regularly used to ride to the Northern General and Hallamshire, over the tops and straight down Abbeydale road always worked out the best way. The lower part isn’t a great deal of fun but in reality no way into the centre will be.Posted 3 years ago
Up onto the moors either over Wadshelf to Owler Bar, or up through Cutthorpe/Barlow to Owler Bar, then down the other side.Posted 3 years ago
I tried loads of different routes in/out and would often go the longer ways (Ringinglow, Rivelin etc.) if I had time, but for speed that was the best. Never used the A61 but did occasionally go through Dronfield to the ring road, can’t say it was much fun.
Somewhat sadistically I’ve decided to try to commute in from just south of Dronfield to work in Sheffield city centre. I’ve ridden a bike twice in 6 months :-/
Can anyone recommend a good route that avoids too many nutters and/or makes the horrible climb on the return journey any easier?!
Thanks!Posted 3 years ago
Ah ok. It hadn’t occurred to me to go that way at all. I’d still have to plod through Dronfield though.
It’s more the whole Abbeydale or Chesterfield road bit that I’m least looking forward to. Being so, so unfit at the moment I’m really dreading the climb up Chesterfield road to Meadowhead, if I go that route :-/Posted 3 years ago
here goes with something more useful…
from Unstone I’d follow backroads to join Meadowhead just north of the big roundabout on the ringroad then follow chesterfield road into the centre. you won’t be flying along but you won’t be going fast anywhere between you and the centre.
On the way home you’ll need a very small amount of MTFU but neither homebase hill nor the climb up to meadowhead is that bad (I reckon they’re both easier than the climb you did on the way in in the morning)
good luck with the riding in. Chasing cars up hills is a good way to build some fitnessPosted 3 years ago
MrNice – I work near the fire/police museum. We shall see what happens tomorrow!
The only bit of Chesterfield road I really don’t fancy is where the contra flow is from KFC up to Halfords – there’s no bus lane and traffic is usually stationary!
I’m now starting to wish I’d ridden my bike since doing the coast to coast in September – two stone overweight and squeezing into Lycra in the morrow :-/Posted 3 years ago
bit late for you now, but you can avoid much of that bit of chesterfield road (on the way in) by turning off onto shoreham street which will bring you out at the leadmill. The bad bit on the way home seems to be woodseats which I don’t have an answer for apart from leave early or late.Posted 3 years agojackthedogMember
Being so, so unfit at the moment I’m really dreading the climb up Chesterfield road to Meadowhead, if I go that route :-/
It’s not as bad as it looks, that climb. Especially as you get a rest through Woodseats.
It’ll kill you at first, you’ll be demoralised and you’ll hate it. But like all climbs it will get smaller every time you do it, as will your waistline, and before you know it you’ll be blasting up there. You’ll still feel like you’re dying, but you’ll be going a lot faster. And one day surprisingly soon you’ll notice that at some point you got fit again.Posted 3 years agochristhetallSubscriber
It’s cheeky, but there’s a nice path through Carr Wood and up past Lees Hall Golf Club which avoid the worst of the uphill grind – I always approach it along Albert Road but there might be a better way.
On the other side of the dual carriageway you can go past Hazelbarrow farm – some BWs around there, but heavily used by horses and likely to be churned up until the next drought. Also there’s a BW that DCC has closed “for repairs” for the last two years. Worth exploring when you’ve got a spare evening, but not whilst wearing shorts and a t-shirt…Posted 3 years ago
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