White Edge Loop Cycling Trail
This route has one ascent and one descent of medium difficulty and is otherwise pretty much flat. Please note that this route has two road crossings. It takes you out from the Longshaw Visitor Centre, past White Edge Lodge and back through the main Longshaw Estate where you can re-fuel at the tea-room!
Longshaw tea room
Start in front of the Visitor Centre looking out over the moorland. Follow the road R and turn R past the den building area. Bear R and follow the bridleway up through the beech wood towards a gate. Follow the path enjoying views over the Hope Valley. Where the path splits, bear L up the incline. Stop and dismount at the gate.
ROAD CROSSING. Please take care crossing the road. Go through the gate and cross the busy road onto the traffic island. Cross the road again, heading towards the gate. Follow the path up towards White Edge Lodge. Skirt around the far side of the Lodge, bear slightly R and head down the path towards the road.
White Edge Lodge
The Lodge used to be one of the Duke of Rutland’s gamekeeper’s cottages, and is now one of the National Trust’s holiday cottages.
ROAD CROSSING. Please take care crossing the road. Cross the road, go through the gate opposite and follow the bridleway back towards the Visitor Centre. Keep an eye out for a set of stone gate posts, there you will find the companion stone. Look through the hole in the gate post on your left and you will see the guidestoop.
Guidestoops and companion stone
Guidestoops were used in the 18th century as route markers to travellers over the once treacherous moors. Paired with the guidestoops are companion stones – modern sculptures that bear inscriptions that point not to places, but to the future.
Longshaw tea room
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