The Longdendale Trail is a short trail which follows part of the route of the Woodhead railway line, which used to run between Manchester & Sheffield. The part we ride in this video stretches from the Woodhead Tunnel’s Westerly entrance down to Hadfield and back.
The trail, which opened in May 1992, forms part of the longer Transpennine Trail (TPT) also known as the National Cycle Network Route 62. The TPT is a coast to coast route which stretches from Southport on the West coast to Hornsea on the East coast.
We have ridden this route many times and generally the scenery and views encountered on this ride breathtaking, however on this occasion there appeared to be a lot of work under way to make changes to the trail and provide easier access to heavy plant/vehicles.
Some sections, like the cobbled section, what appears to be an old mill pond and unspoiled original trail still hold a lot of appeal.
On the occasion myself, Sarah, John and Doogie hit the trail it had been a little wet over night, brake carefully if it is wet, I can’t count the amount of brake pads I have ruined on this trail due to wet sand from the trail eating them, ohh actually I can, it’s two 😉
At only 6 miles each way it’s a great trail that is good for all the family, or cyclists of any ability and with only one road crossing it’s considered traffic free. If you tackle the trail on a Saturday the options for lunch in Hadfield are much better than on a Sunday.
Enjoy the video, and feel free to comment. Thanks for watching.
Recently we uploaded another guide to one of Sherwood Pines Forest Park trails. The video was titled “Riding The Kitchener Trail, Sherwood Pines’ Red Route” a great cycle route for mountain bikers, we had already reviewed the Green and Blue routes in 2015 so this is our last guide to the centers trails.
The red route is a great trail that appears to be continually evolving in the forest as it is diverted around obstacles or forestry work, it is the longest and most difficult route and you have to be pretty energetic to get around it without taking a break.
The trail starts at the back of the car park away from the visitor center, the first section of the Kitchener Trail is a fast going path with an irregular surface, this first part prepares you for what is to come….
The trail also has many small ascents and descents throughout it’s length, however nothing too severe as the area surrounding Sherwood Pines is relatively flat. If you want some bigger ups and downs I can recommend both Whinlatter in the Lake District or Coed Llandegla in North Wales for you to try out if you are ever in the area. The next time we visit either of these Mountain Bike centers we will film the routes we run.
We usually have a good time when we are out enjoying the cycle routes at Sherwood Pines and I am sure we will visit the trail center a few more times before the year is out. Please enjoy the video and if you would like to see more of the routes we ride then please subscribe to the channel.
On Sunday 7 June we uploaded our latest video entitled “Cycling the Tissington Trail”
The ride is a favorite of ours and is an estimated 30 miles which should take 3-4 hours including a stop for lunch.
Although there are many places to join the trail throughout it’s length, our usual location to meet is the visitor center at Parsley Hay, here you will find ample paid parking, a bike shop with hire facilities as well as small cafe serving snacks and refreshments.
As you can see from the map, the Tissington and High Peak Trails merge close to Parsley Hay.
In this video we are riding the Tissington Trail that I have marked in blue, it heads south through fantastic Derbyshire countryside and finishes in Ashbourne.
On the route there are numerous places to stop and have a picnic or take a break.
Although the Tissington Trail is popular with both walkers and cyclists alike, it is never quite as busy as the Monsal trail which is close by. I have two more videos to be posted in the future which use part of the Tissington / High Peak trails so look out for those.
Enjoy the video and I hope it gives you some motivation to get out on your bikes.