Peaks Descents: cave dale or the beast
Only done Cavedale the once (back in icey/snow cover Jan) and its more difficult then the beast. Whilst they are both fun and techy; descending down the beast you can just hold on and let the bike take you. Unlike cavedale that requires abit more thought to it.
I do like the look of Parkin Clough too!Posted 7 years ago
Cavedale is harder than the beast- you have to focus a lot more but I've found the speed that lets you get away with murder down there now and can clean it every time- it seems to have got easier lately, like a lot of it's washed away til the gulley when it gets rockier than ever.
My one of choice at the minute that I find a real challenge is off Rushup Edge, it takes a huge amount of thought simply because of the speed combined with the size of rocks. It's not more technical than Cavedale, but I'd say moreso than the Beast. And longer.
This one, but past the gate where it gets silly-
Posted 7 years agoKitMember
I want to go back to the Peaks 🙁
The BeastPosted 7 years ago
by the looks of it loads of people were going down the mud at the side
Thats cares me ALOT more. That and ruts in grass etc. Guaranteed you will be high-sided off your bike or over the bars with a nasty collarbone. Think about it- you glance upto another ride for a SECOND and its allover the place with your bike like a wagging dog. **** that!
Far better to stick with the rocks and drop offs IMO.Posted 7 years agopeachosMember
Parkin Clough looks crazy. I'm going to have to ride that soon.
Thing is with these descents, and why the Peaks is so good for biking, is that they're all a bit different. Rode Cavedale on Saturday for only the second time and it's a great descent right from the open grassy section at the top. The rocky sections are fun but only half of the story; the place is like a natural freeride park with loads of hips, bombholes and drops up the valley sides. I was even eyeing up, somewhat over-enthusiastically, some big drops off the cliffs when it opens up underneath the castle.
The beast is fun because it's so fast. Once you have done it a few times there's plenty of options to take more challenging lines, hit the drops etc. And there's a couple of good corners to rally it around. Just have to watch out for the showstoppers!
Chapelgate is probably the hardest out of these three IMO. A couple of sections where there's only really 1 line and if you're not on it you better hope you've brought your magic tyres or you're done for.
What about the PBW along Roych Clough? There's some pretty tough lines along there if you hit all of the drop offs.Posted 7 years ago
Chapel gate- cool. I never really know the names of absolutely all of them, despite living just over the hill.
My favourite Peaks ride is up Pindale, down Cavedale, up Mamtor Broken road, along Rushup Edge, down Chapel Gate, up Jagger's and down the Beast, back up the valley side and down the Roman Road. A day guaranteed to leave you knackered.Posted 7 years ago
My favourite Peaks ride is up Pindale, down Cavedale, up Mamtor Broken road, along Rushup Edge, down Chapel Gate, up Jagger's and down the Beast, back up the valley side and down the Roman Road. A day guaranteed to leave you knackered.
Pook. Thats it but instead of starting at Pindale start in Edale- climb up to Mam Tor then over to Cavedale for the start of the ride? Then after the Beast could either climb up past the farm for the descent down from Fairhomles, up past Beast then up and over (where we saw the angry farmer/sheep on the quad) back to Edale? Right, I might have a reccy this weekend.Posted 7 years agoPookSubscriber
i'll have a think, with a lot of road it's doable. Or with a rest halfway through the day!
Toboggan has to be the last run for sheer brilliance. So Edale is the start and finish.
So, Edale, Hollins, Mam tor, Rushup, Chapel, road to rushup, pennine bridleway, up to jacobs. road to Toboggan, drop to Edale.
Not too graceful but it makes the links as suggested…Posted 7 years ago
Toboggan as in the cheeky descent into Buxton??
or somewhere else…?Posted 7 years ago
Click on B then street view- ignore the trail straight up- it follows the line of the road from the bus stop for a while.
I don't think I've ridden Doctors Gate before? From memory half of the Doc Gate ride is tarmac?Posted 7 years ago
Oh that one? Mam Tor 1st descent. The Chute.
Doctors Gate isn't worth it IMHO, it's only about 80% rideable at most and to get to the start point at the summit invloves a LOT of tarmac, all uphill. It's OK if it's been dry for a long time and it's pretty remote, not many walkers on it as a general rule.Posted 7 years ago
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