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Where to Cycle

Riding on the trails.

Contrasting terrain

Get into gear by discovering what Derbyshire has to offer over greatly contrasting terrain and scenery by searching our list of cycle routes listed below by district.

Click here to access a huge countywide map of cycle routes in Derbyshire produced by Derbyshire County Council and you can also find route information on the cycling section of the Peak District website.

National Cycle Network routes

National Cycle Network Route 6 - Connects Derby to Leicester and Sheffield via Sherwood Forest.

National Route 54 is open between Lichfield and Little Eaton via Derby and incorporates The High Peak Trail and Manifold Way.

The Pennine Cycleway, National Route 68, connects Derby and Hadfield.

The Peak District is popular.

The Peak District and High Peak

Carsington Water Circuit

With bicycles and trails for all ages and abilities, allowing you to enjoy action and adventure
in picturesque surroundings.

Longdendale Trail

There-and-back linear trail along the east-west Longdendale valley, following the route of the Manchester to Sheffield railway line that closed in 1981.

Manifold Track

A short but very attractive cycle route along the wooded valley floor that follows the route of the former Leek and Manifold Light Railway. 9 miles.

Middlewood Way

A popular route used by cyclists, walkers and horse riders, the Middlewood Way follows the course of the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway which closed in 1970.

Monsal Trail

This 8.5 miles linear route along Midland Railway's former London to Manchester line begins near the historic market town of Bakewell, then via tunnels, cuttings and dramatic viaducts heads through the dramatic limestone scenery of the Wye Valley past old quarries and nature reserves.

Sett Valley Trail

A short, linear route for cyclists, walkers and horse riders along a former railway branch line that ran from New Mills to Hayfield via Birch Vale. 2.5 miles.

Tissington Trail

A linear route along the trackbed of a former railway, parallel with the Ashbourne-Buxton A515. 13 miles.

Tour of Bakewell

Starting in Bakewell or Hassop Station the loop takes in a portion of the Monsal Trail and a nice little bridle path before retuning though Bakewell town centre.

Trans Pennine Trail

The Trans Pennine Trail runs 215 miles (346km) from Southport near Liverpool to Hornsea near Hull.

Upper Derwent Valley Reservoirs Circuit

The loop around the picturesque, wooded valley containing three reservoirs is a popular ride, combining sections of minor road (closed to traffic at certain times) and long sweeps of traffic-free gravel track along the water's edge. 14 miles.

9 Journey's of Discovery

Explore the spectacular countryside of the Peak District by bicycle on quiet lanes and traffic-free trails with these 9 Journeys of Discovery.

Get off-road in Amber Valley.

Amber Valley

Blackwell Trail (information only)

The Blackwell Trail is a short 1.5 mile stretch of multi-user trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Nutbrook Way

A 10 mile traffic free path between Long Eaton, Shipley Country Park and Heanor.

Take in the views across Bolsover.


Poulter Park

Enjoy a pleasant cycle around this leafy beauty spot near to Whaley Thorns and Langwith.

Robin Hood Way (from Creswell)

A 6.5 mile route connecting Clumber Park and Creswell Crags with off road and on road sections.

Stockley Trail

The Stockley Trail is a 2 mile multi user trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders following the route of the former Glapwell Colliery line.

The Peter Fidler Nature Reserve

Explore the reserve at the end of the Stockley Trail by and see an amazing variety of wildlife.

There are some enjoyable routes around Chesterfield.


Hipper Holmebrook Triangular Trail

This route starts and ends in Chesterfield town centre passing local scenery and former industrial sites. 4 miles

Hipper Valley Trail

A 2 mile route between Queen's Park, Chesterfield and Walton Dam.

Holmebrook Valley Trail

A two mile mostly traffic free route from Holmebrook Valley into Chesterfield town centre.

Linacre Reservoirs

This 200 acre site consists of three small reservoirs and attractive woodlands.

Trans Pennine Trail (via Chesterfield Canal Towpath)

An easy, level route which follows the tow path alongside Chesterfield Canal, from Chesterfield to Staveley, then on to Rother Valley Park and beyond.

The scenery can be spectacular in the Derbyshire Dales.

Derbyshire Dales

See the Peak District Cycleways routes for further information about cycling routes in this area.

Gingerbread and Great Oaks

Starting at Ashbourne, follow the North Loop (8.2 miles) which starts on the traffic free Tissington Trail or South Loop (18.7 miles) which follows rolling hills and peaceful lanes.

Matlock Moors

A hilly 24 mile ride on mainly quiet roads. After a challenging climb out of the Derwent valley the route follows scenic roads across high moorland.

Tour of Bakewell

Starting in Bakewell or Hassop Station the loop takes in a portion of the Monsal Trail and a nice little bridle path before retuning though Bakewell town centre.


National routes run through Derbyshire.

Erewash Valley Trail

The Trail takes in over 30 miles of beautiful waterway and countryside landscape on the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire borders.

Great Northern Greenway

Currently in development this cycle path will connect Derby City and Ilkeston. Currently open between Derby and Breadsall

Riddings to Ilkeston

Slightly undulating nine-mile ride.

North East Derbyshire

The Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve

A wetland reserve consisting of newly created reedbed, marsh, ponds and grassland in the valley of the River Rother. Cycle access.

Clay Cross - Ashover Circular bike ride

10 mile ride with multiple route options riding mainly on tarmac.

Grassmoor Country Park

Explore the former Grassmoor Colliery site, now a nature-filled country park.

The Phoenix Greenways

The Phoenix Greenways link the Five Pits, Silverhill and Pleasley-Teversal Trails.

The Five Pits Trail

This 5.5 mile off-road surfaced route takes you from Grassmoor Country Park to Tibshelf Ponds.

The Silverhill Trail

A 4.5 mile trail connecting the Five Pits trail to Brierley Forest Park and the Pleasley Trails network.

South Derbyshire

The Horseshoe Trail

A 15 mile trail starting at Foremark Resevoir and passing through such as the Church of St George, in Ticknall, and the attractive hamlet of Milton.

Cycling at Calke

15 mile cycle starting at Repton and taking in the grounds of Calke Abbey.

Cycling at Foremark and Bretby

Starting at Repton , this 12 mile circular route uses the network of local bridleways.

Cycling at Longford

A circular 19 mile route starting at Rolleston with options to go off road and extend the ride.

Cycling at Trusley and Osleston

A 19 mile route which starts and finishes at Rolleston.

Cycling the Conkers Circuit

Several marked routes suitable for walkers, joggers and cyclists.

Rosliston Forestry Centre

An interactive map showing a number of routes around the South Derbyshire beauty spot.

Riding on the track

Derbyshire boasts excellent cycling facilities across the county including the Derby Arena, home of the velodrome where people can enjoy an exhilarating cycling experience. To find out more about Derby Arena click here.