Dark Peak Edale Valley tough cycle trail

Cycling trail

Riders taking this trail will be treated to some of the best views the Peak District has to offer.

winter snow Jacobs Ladder Omega Edale


Circular cycle route Edale


Barber Booth car park, grid ref: SK113847


Starting at Barber Booth car park get on the Upper Booth road and cycle through that hamlet, continuing up the valley, past the last Lee Farm, as the track becomes gradually rougher. Cross the stream via a narrow bridge at the foot of Jacob's Ladder.

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From the bridge your bridleway route follows a zigzag to the left of Jacob's Ladder, alongside the derelict Edale Head Farm. At the top continue across the watershed and descend slightly before rising to cross a shoulder, where the stump of Edale Cross (an old wayside cross) can be seen. From here it's fairly steeply downhill, on a very rough track.

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Near the bottom of the valley pick up a farm track from the left, the road soon gains a tarmac surface. You reach the River Sett at the bottom and the road forks, keep on the tarmac and continue downstream, following the Sett all the way down to the centre of Hayfield.

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In the centre of Hayfield turn left and follow the road (Church Street) past the church. This turns right to join the main road (A624) and there is an antique shop on the corner with a large clock.

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Take the small road (Highgate Lane) which branches off left. Continue straight on, up the old road, running parallel to the A624. Pass an isolated bungalow on your right and soon you come to a three-way junction; take the sunken bridleway (Pennine Brideway), heading straight for Mount Famine. Mount Famine is set on the south of the circuit here; head for the gap between that hill and the next one, South Head.


Skirt to the north of South Head and when the path divides take the right fork, which descends diagonally down the hillside. This track passes the top of another and continues round the hillside slowly descending.


After a steep decline and ascent, the track takes a long, gradually rising, traverse around the hillside to reach the A625 at the foot of Rushup Edge. Turn left up the road.


Continue with care along the road and turn left at the Edale turning, up and over Mam Nick. Chapel Gate - an old packhorse route into Edale is currently closed for repairs by Derbyshire County Council until September 2016.


Continue over the ridge and directly down into Edale Valley on the road and then turn left at the bottom of the hill signed for Barber Booth. Head along this road under the railway bridge to the car park.


Barber Booth car park, grid ref: SK113847

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Dark Peak Edale Valley tough cycle trail


Challenging route across rough and sometimes steep tracks, suitable for more experienced riders. Also great to do the other way round. These trails are used by cyclists, walkers and horse riders and are often busy. Be prepared for loose/gravel surfaces, dont cycle too close to other cyclists and beware of vehicles on country roads. We strongly recommend that you wear a helmet.

Dark Peak Edale Valley tough cycle trail

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Dark Peak Edale Valley tough cycle trail

How to get here

Barber Booth car park, Edale, Peak District, Derbyshire
By train

Hope 7 miles (11.2km), Sheffield 18 miles (28.9km)

By road

M1 J30 or M67 J1. A625 out of Sheffield, then A6187 to Edale

By bus

260 Edale to Castleton, alight at Edale - find bus information

By bicycle

On-road routes and a network of bridleways link Edale with other valleys. Pennine Bridleway makes up part of this trail south of Hayfield

Dark Peak Edale Valley tough cycle trail

Facilities and access

  • Car park