Tideswell Taddington Cressbrook (mountain biking) Route Details

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Introduction

A tough hilly ride from Tideswell over the White Peak

Conditions

Farm tracks, bridleways, and mostly small roads

Hazards and warnings

A6 in Taddington dale can be busy and care needs to taken

Detailed description

From Tideswell head west towards Monksdale. Turn off Summer Cross road at the junction with the Limestone way. After a muddy flat section on the track, the path heads steeply downhill through Monksdale Farm, before arriving on the B 6049 at Millers Dale. Pass under the high railway viaducts, and start up the hill to Blackwell before turning left on to the rough steeply uphill track.

At the top of the track turn towards Taddington, cross the A6 and go into Taddington. Follow the road down through Taddington, and out of the village on the non through road. The road gives way to a track. After a steep offroad descent on the track, turn left and follow the bridleway on the valley bottom along Deep Dale. The ground is boggy, and after crossing the way and the small emphemeral stream, the riding becomes hard and technical, with lot of rocks. Eventually the path leaves the base of the valley, before joining the various tracks start at the parking area on the A6 in Taddington Wood. Follow the stream down, before crossing over fields (the path is hard to follow) to reach the A6.

Head towards Taddington up the A6. The gradient is a long and steady hill, but the traffic makes this not particularly pleasant. Leave the road by the turn on the right to Brushfield. Pass the farm and follow a rough track north. There are some lovely views over Monsal Dale. The path then drops steeply in a rocky and loose track to reach a junction above the famous viaduct at Monsal Head. Turn left and head down to the Monsal trail. You can also carry straight on for a side trip to the viaduct, and return along the Monsal Trail. Cross the river at the pretty bridge in Upperdale.

Carry on along the quiet road towards the grand old mill buildings of Litton Mill. Then take the road signposted for Litton and Cressbrook up a long hill. You can shorten and steepen the ride by going straight up the hill. Carry onwards towards Litton, just after the clump of trees at Litton Cemetary take the left fork downhill towards the lower parts of Litton. Follow the road towards Tideswell, and turn right along the road marked as unsuitable for motors, to arrive in the bottom of Tideswell.

Narrative

The snow from two weeks ago still lay in big piles especially along the lanes.

As a result, the going was soft, with interruptions from snow drifts requiring pushing or even carrying the bike as the snow had drifted across the farm tracks, and few others had passed that way to clear the snow.

 

Although it's always good to get out on the bike, the cold temperatures, constant steady rain, and the messing aroundover snow drifts made this one of the less enjoyable rides I have done. On a clear summers day, with the mud dried out this would have been a lovely ride. The one positive of the weather, is that tracks which might have required some care to pass walkers and dogs were empty of people.

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