Peaks that good?
I felt a bit like that when I first moved to Sheffield. You soon get used to it though and I ended up really enjoying the techy descents and mucki about on rock drops that occurred naturally.
The downside is that it does hurt when it goes wrong….but then again so did my stack at Cannock last night. The ground was like concrete despite there being no rocks.Posted 4 years agotitusriderMember
Will get flamed for this but really the peaks justifies a fairly all mountain full sus and is not really that pleasant on hardtail or even 100mm full sus
Oh and momentum (balls out brakes off) is absolutely essential to get any kind of flowPosted 4 years ago
(southern softy who LOVES riding the peaks and lakes)tomdSubscriber
First time I went to the Peaks, it was February. It was cold. It was wet. I crashed a lot and juddered down the rocky bits. It beat me.
Since then I’ve been back a few times and as my biking (and bike) has improved I’ve enjoyed it more and more. What is great about it is combines rockyness with ride-able ascents. Staying in Scotland I don’t want for places to drag my bike up a mountain, and the lakes is closer than the Peaks but I still enjoy going there as the riding is great, nice villages and a good central place to meet southern friends.Posted 4 years agojairajSubscriber
I’m a soft southerner from the Chilterns and I like the Peaks and try to go a couple times a year. Its a different sort of riding compared to smooth flowly trails you get in the Chilterns. So I can imagine its not for everyone. Sometimes I do miss the corners though. Everything is mostly a point a shoot rather than twisting its way down a hill side. But then the longer descents usually make up for that.Posted 4 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
They probably are that good but it’s a fair question, a lot of the popular bridleway stuff is bobbins, really (e.g. potato alley, Lockerbrook – type descents), or extracts quite a stiff price in terms of climbing up to it for non-amazing descents (Shatton moor, Bradwell edge).
You defo have to get onto the footpaths to get the best out of it. Agree that it’s not in the same league as the Lakes but put that down to the scenery as much as anything else.
It is hard riding, more in terms of the aerobic effort but the general rockiness adds to that. You can do plenty of sub 20 mile Peak rides that absolutely wallop you. I think part of it is that most of the popular climbs are very doable, you don’t get the rest from hike-a-bike that might get in the Highlands, say.Posted 4 years agoadshSubscriber
As a soft southerner from the Chilterns I was looking forward to a few hours doing some ‘real’ MTB in the Peaks.
Route of choice was the Hope Triple 8 mainly due to a good GPX trace and directions.
Lovely weather, stunning scenary, the Soul in it’s backgarden – this is going to be good.
A few miles in I wasn’t so sure – does littering a double track with countless large rocks and boulders make it as fun as rockless single track? I didn’t think so. The descents required a severe mental adjustment – getting it wrong would hurt – at best. It seemed enough were of the same opinion that significant parts had soft options along the side – enough that it couldnt just be soft southerners. I was dammed if I was going to wimp out so I juddered or pushed.
I got better, I got used to rocks, I got in the swing of things and at the end I thought ‘I enjoyed that’. Without the scenary, however, I think I’d have hated it.Posted 4 years agodeanfbmMember
The peak district has it’s good and bad points.
The hills are a good size and there are some nuggets of very excellent riding, shame the nuggets are so sparse that it involves a lot of road/eroded cart tracks.
I just don’t enjoy essentially straight lining on gravel/rocks etc for extended amounts of time. A section of straight line rock smashing is fun, but gets really boring.
The best trails are a mix of flow, rock, roots, turns, jumps and berms, a classic peak district trail just doesn’t have a mixture, it’s just straight line rocks.Posted 4 years agoPeterPoddyMember
I cut my MTB teeth riding in the Peaks.
I now live in Hampshire
I’ve ridden in many, many places around the UK. THe Peaks, The Dales, the Lakes, South Downs, North Downs, Purbecks, Thetford, Sherwood, Malverns, Cotswolds, Chilterns, and a few others.Posted 4 years ago
I don’t think anywhere is ‘better’ than anywhere else, and you’ve got to be a bit blinkered and/or inexperienced to suggest so IMO.
The main difference I’ve found is that in the South there are corners in the trails.
My personal favourite natural trails are the Quantocks.
And i think Calderdale is very, very overrated.
But that’s just me. 🙂nickcSubscriber
I like going to the peaks, but I’m glad I don’t ride there all the time.
1. biking in a tourist/day tripper hot spot must get pretty old pretty quickly.
2. Sooo much trail use angst (would do my head in)
It’s ace to have a lot of varied stuff to have a go on though, Like PP, trying to say one place is better than another is daftPosted 4 years agojezketleySubscriber
I live in the Chilterns and love riding there. But went on a day trip to the peak district last week and loved it. Cut gate was brill as was another loop over some tor. But agree, it does take some adjusting, and as usual in rocky I had an off which did hurt. But I will go back.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I love it, but it does take a different mentality than the Chilterns. I’m not that convinced by people saying it’s straight lines and rocks though, yes on a macro scale it is, but riding the Beast (which I’m sure used to be worse and never had chicken lines) at anything above walking pace takes way more concentration than stringing smooth corners together at Swinley.
It’s worse the other way arround, after 4 years in Sheffield the Chilterns are feally f***ing dull!Posted 4 years agoFOGSubscriber
As I live 10 mins ride from my 1st PD trail I do ride there a lot and yes you do get used to it. However they aren’t all straight rubble chutes as some have said. like any other area there is a variety though I must admit there are a lot of chutes.Posted 4 years ago
Last week me and Mad Mick rode Dalby, this week the classic Jacobs Ladder,middle moor,Lantern Pike, Roych, Chapel gate loop. Both were good it’s all Mountain Biking but I prefer PD natural
I used to a lovely part of Sheffield too…Stanage was a short blast up the road, crossing the road from where I lived I had loads of cheeky trails which were mega fun but pretty technical. The descent directly across the road from me was ace although part of it has been sanitised now which is a shame because it was ace fun. Weather could be a bit poo though!
I really took the access to such great riding for granted…it was on my doorstep. Having moved away I realise how lucky I was. Even Bolehills was only a short road blast away which made a good change.
Even more worryingly, I keep thinking about how nice it would be to take the road bike with me next time I go to see my family who still live there!Posted 4 years agocheers_driveMember
I’m off to the peaks this weekend for the first time. Was thinking of doing this route http://www.theedgecycleworks.com/mtbroutes/ladybower-loop/ unless anyone has any better suggestions?Posted 4 years ago
Matt that’s a horrid descent, looks rubbish! 😆
I’ve spent so long up there riding down that and pushing back up. There’s some good stuff at the bottom on the left in the trees…rocks to ride off and quite a good fun nadgery little run that spits you out through the dry stone wall.
The views a great from the top too especially on a sunny, cold crips winter or spring morning. Weather can be evil up there though.Posted 4 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
I’m off to the peaks this weekend for the first time. Was thinking of doing this route http://www.theedgecycleworks.com/mtbroutes/ladybower-loop/ unless anyone has any better suggestions?
Great route. A lot of up and down so expect to be pretty tired by the end. The western most loop is no longer interesting (8 and 9) as chapel gate is now a farm track, so you could swerve this by going direct to hollins cross at man nick. To make up for this you could add a climb up pindale from hope cement factory (brutal) and along the road to the limestone way. You then have a celebrated descent down cavedale back to hope ( v difficult)Posted 4 years ago
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