GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Derbyshire Cycle Routes

Derbyshire has some beautiful scenery and excellent cycle trails and tracks.
Cycling attractions include the splendid Trans Pennine Trail and the Pennine Bridleway both of which contain miles of traffic free cycle tracks giving wonderful views of the beautiful Peak District National Park. Many of the routes below cover these two trails and other cycling attractions in the county.

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There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Ashbourne to Buxton30 miles (48 km)This ride takes you along various off road cycle paths and tracks through the Derbyshire countryside.
The start point is at the beginning of the Tissington trail -a 13 mile off road path following the trackbed of a disused railway line.
You'll then join the off road Penine Bridleway and the Midshires way before a short on road section taking you into Buxton and finishing at the railway station. View Full Details>>
Bakewell Loop9 miles (15 km)This lovely short ride first follows the Monsal Trail through the Derbyshire countryside before returning to Bakewell via Ashford in the Water.
The Monsal trail is an off road track with splendid views of the River Wye and the peak district scenery - it is a must see if visiting the area for cycling. View Full Details>>
Burton-Upon-Trent to Derby16 miles (26 km)Travel through Staffordshire into Derbyshire along National Cycle route 54 on this pleasant short route View Full Details>>
Burton-Upon-Trent to Uttoxeter25 miles (40 km)Travel through Staffordshire and Derbyshire along National Cycle route 54 on this interesting route View Full Details>>
Buxton to Hadfield21 miles (34 km)This ride takes you along National Cycle route 68 through the beautiful Peak District. The route starts by the railway station in Buxton and soon joins the lovely Midshires Way which has a nice traffic free section. You then continue onto Whaley Bridge and New Mills with views of the River Goyt. View Full Details>>
Buxton to Marple20 miles (32 km)Follow National Cycle routes 55 and 68 from Buxton in the Peak District to the lovely town of Marple in Cheshire.
Highlights on this route include the beautiful Peak District scenery and the Middlewood Way - an off road path passing by the Macclesfield Canal. View Full Details>>
Buxton to Matlock31 miles (50 km)A challenging but rewarding route taking you through the heart of the Peak District View Full Details>>
Buxton to Uttoxeter42 miles (68 km)Take a trip through the lovely White Peak area of the Peak District on this challenging route which also passes by the famous Alton Towers theme park . You start by the railway station in Buxton and head south along National Cycle route 68 towards Hurdlow where you join the off road Pennine Bridleway for a short stretch. Country roads take you onto Hartington shortly before crossing the River Dove at Beresford Dale. You then join the Manifold Way - a terrific off road section that follows a dismantled railway line along the River Manifold. View Full Details>>
Carsington Water7 miles (12 km)This route follows the circular cycling and walking trail around Carsington Water in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. The trail starts at the excellent visitor centre where cycle hire is available. It includes long shoreline sections and several woodland sections with great views of the surrounding countryside. The route runs for just over 7 miles on a fairly flat path so it's suitable for most abilities. View Full Details>>
Chesterfield Canal44 miles (71 km)Follow the full length of the Chesterfield Canal on this fine cycle ride from Chesterfield to West Stockwith. The route is just over 40 miles so it can be completed in a day as it takes place on a nice flat path. Most of the canal is suitable for cyclists but please keep to a reasonable speed and dismount where advised. View Full Details>>
Chesterfield to Alfreton14 miles (23 km)Follow NCN route 67 on this lovely largely off road route through Derbyshire View Full Details>>
Chesterfield to Sheffield19 miles (30 km)This is a nice route that follows the Trans Pennine Trail from Chesterfield to Sheffield.
The route starts by the Chesterfield Canal and follows it for a few miles before a spell along a dismantled railway. The route finishes in the centre of Sheffield near the train station but apart from the finish is mainly off road. View Full Details>>
Cloud Trail13 miles (21 km)This super traffic free cycle route runs from Derby to Worthington along National Cycle Network route number 6. Most of the trail takes place on traffic free, well surfaced paths so it's a lovely one for families or anyone looking for an easy flat ride. View Full Details>>
Derby Canal6 miles (10 km)Follow the Derby canal from the centre of the city to the Trent and Mersey Canal at Swarkestone. The flat path runs for about 6 miles and is suitable for cyclists or walkers. View Full Details>>
Derby to Ashbourne22 miles (35 km)Follow NCN route 54 through Derbyshire on this lovely route View Full Details>>
Derby to Loughborough25 miles (40 km)Follow National Cycle route 6 from Derby to Loughborough. Much of this route follows off road paths and tracks including a pleasant stretch along the River Derwent at the start. This section takes you past Pride Park football stadium and also through Alvaston Park. You then pick up the Cloud Trail along a dismantled railway before another waterside stretch along the Trent & Mersey Canal and then across the River Trent. You then enter Leicestershire passing by the villages of Wilson and Breedon on the Hill and through some lovey countryside on the approach to Loughborough. View Full Details>>
Derby to Matlock22 miles (35 km)Starting by the River Derwent in Derby this route follows a series of quiet country roads to Matlock View Full Details>>
Derby to Nottingham19 miles (30 km)This easy route takes you between two major English cities View Full Details>>
Elvaston Castle Country Park2 miles (3 km)Explore 321 acres of open parkland, woodland and formal gardens on this cycle or walk near Derby. In the park you will find the 17th century Elvaston Castle surrounded by delightful gardens with stables, kennels, a walled garden, a home farm, several cottages, gatelodges, an ice house and a boathouse. View Full Details>>
Erewash Canal12 miles (19 km)Follow the Erewash canal through south Derbyshire on this waterside cycling and walking route. The canal runs from Trent Lock near Long Eaton to the Langley Mill (Great Northern) basin. You can follow the towpath all the way on your bike or on foot. It's a nice easy route that runs for about 12 miles so it's a good family cycle ride or long walk. On the way you'll pass old mills, pretty locks and a number of stone bridges. The areas around Nutbrook Junction and Trowell Marsh are nature reserves where you can look out for a wide variety of wildlife. There's also nice views of the River Erewash and the surrounding countryside. The canal forms part of the larger Erewash Valley Trail so it's easy to extend your exercise on this circular route. View Full Details>>
Erewash Valley Trail28 miles (45 km)This splendid cycling and walking trail explores the canals, countryside, towns and villages of south Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. It's a circular route with miles of great traffic free sections so it's ideal for families or anyone looking for a safe cycle ride. Walkers can also enjoy the nice surfaced trails along the canals and through the nature reserves on this varied route. View Full Details>>
Five Pits Trail6 miles (10 km)This is a super off road cycling and walking trail running from Grassmoor Country Park to Tibshelf. The route follows National Cycle Network route number 67 but there is also a detour at Wolfie Pond which heads east to the Williamsthorpe Nature Reserve before rejoining the route south. View Full Details>>
Grassmoor Country Park1 miles (2 km)Enjoy meadows and lagoons in this pretty country park near Chesterfield View Full Details>>
High Peak Trail17 miles (28 km)This splendid, shared walking and cycle trail follows a disused railway line from Cromford to Dowlow through the beautiful Peak District National Park. View Full Details>>
Horseshoe Trail12 miles (20 km)This cycling and walking trail in Derbyshire takes you on a tour of the countryside, villages and reservoirs near Burton-Upon-Trent and Swadlincote. It uses a mixture of quiet roads, bridleways and the woodland trails of the National Forest. There's some challenging climbs but with fabulous views over the surrounding South Derbyshire countryside. View Full Details>>
Howden Derwent and Ladybower Reservoirs16 miles (25 km)This super cycle route takes you around three beautiful reservoirs in the Derbyshire Peak District. The route starts at the information centre at the top of Ladybower Reservoir where cycle hire is available. You then follow a series of waterside roads and traffic free paths around Derwent and Howden Reservoirs before returing to the start point. View Full Details>>
Linacre Reservoirs2 miles (3 km)Enjoy cycling and walking trails around these three pretty reservoirs near Chesterfield. Cyclists can enjoy a good track running around the middle and lower reservoirs while walkers can follow the same trails plus another around the upper reservoir. The trails are a mixture of lovely waterside paths plus some woodland trails through Linacre Woods. Look out fornuthatches, flycatchers and woodpeckersin the woods and kingfishers and mandarin ducks on the water. View Full Details>>
Long Eaton to Langley Mill12 miles (20 km)This lovely ride starts at the View Full Details>>
Longdendale Trail8 miles (13 km)This splendid cycling and walking trail follows a disused railway line through the Longdendale in the View Full Details>>
Longshaw Estate4 miles (6 km)The Longshaw Estate is a National Trust owned country park in Upper Padley in the Peak District. The estate is perfect for walking with fabulous views of the Peak District, ancient woods, parkland and heather moorland. In the park there are pretty ponds, a waterside path along Barbrage Brook and the lovely Big Moor where you should look out for red deer. There are also excellent facilities with a tea room, shop and the Moorland Discovery Centre. View Full Details>>
Manchester to Buxton36 miles (58 km)Follow National Cycle routes 6, 62 and 55 through Manchester, Cheshire and Derbyshire on this lovely ride View Full Details>>
Monsal Trail10 miles (16 km)Follow the Monsal Trail through the Peak District National Park on this cycling and walking path. View Full Details>>
National Forest Trail25 miles (40 km)Explore the National Forest in Leicestershire and Derbyshire on this super figure-of-eight cycle ride. The ride follows country lanes through woodland and countryside near Burton Upon Trent, visiting Donisthorpe Country Park, Conkers Waterside and Moira. View Full Details>>
Nottingham Canal8 miles (13 km)Enjoy a walk or cycle along this pretty canal in Nottingham. The route runs along the Erewash Valley Trail from Langley Mill to the outskirts of Nottingham. It's a nice flat ride which is ideal for families. View Full Details>>
Nutbrook Trail10 miles (16 km)This easy cycling and walking trail runs from Long Eaton to Heanor along the Erewash Canal and a dismantled railway line. It runs for about 10 miles and is part of National Cycle Route 67. It's a great one for families or anyone looking for a safe, flat ride or walk. View Full Details>>
Pennine Bridleway120 miles (193 km)This fabulous 120 mile long trail runs through the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District, through Lancashire and on into Yorkshire. View Full Details>>
Pleasley Pit Country Park1 miles (2 km)This former colliery site in Mansfield has been converted into a lovely country park and local nature reserve. There are a series of nice walking trails taking you to ponds, reed beds, grassland and woodland. It's great for flora and fauna with orchids, butterflies and dragonflies. There's also a bird hide where you can look out for Sand Martins and the various other species that visit the park. View Full Details>>
Poolsbrook Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)This 180 acre park consists of 85 acres of woodland, 42 acres of grassland and 23 acres of green water. There are several miles of well maintained paths suitable for cyclists or walkers. The park is located in Staveley, very near to Chesterfield and the village of Duckmanton. View Full Details>>
Sabrina Way203 miles (327 km)This route is part of the National Bridleroute Network and primarily designed for horse riders but can be used by walkers and cyclists also. The trail starts at the deer park at Great Barrington and heads north to Hartington. The route passes through the Cotswolds, the Malvern Hills, the Wyre Forest and Cannock Chase Forest, before finishing in the Derbyshire Peak District. For cyclists a mountain bike or hybrid is advised. View Full Details>>
Sett Valley Trail2 miles (4 km)This splendid cycling and walking trail runs through the beautiful Sett Valley in the Peak District. The route follows a disused railway line from New Mills to Hayfield via Birch Vale. It's a good surfaced path which provides a fairly easy ride for families. Along the way there's fantastic views of the River Sett, the pretty reservoir at Birch Vale and the surrounding Peak District countryside and hills. The route finishes at the former Hayfield Station where there are good facilities including a cafe and visitor centre. Please note that West of St Georges Road in New Mills the route is unsuitable for cyclists. View Full Details>>
Shipley Country Park6 miles (9 km)This large country park near Ilkeston boasts 700 acres of attractive and varied landscape. In the park you'll find a number of lovely walking trails while the Nutbrook Trail cycle route also runs through the park. View Full Details>>
Stockport to Glossop19 miles (30 km)This route goes from Greater Manchester into Derbyshire via NCN route 62 View Full Details>>
Teversal Trail4 miles (7 km)Enjoy cycling and walking along these former railway lines, located on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border. It's a nice flat path, with good views of the surrounding countryside to enjoy on the way. View Full Details>>
Thornhill Trail2 miles (3 km)This easy cycling and walking trail runs along a disused railway line between Ladybower Dam down and Bamford station. It runs for just under 2 miles along a flat path with views of the River Derwent and a woodland section near the reservoir. It's a good one for families or anyone looking for an easy cycle or walk. View Full Details>>
Tissington Trail13 miles (21 km)The Tissington trail is a 13 mile off road path following the trackbed of a disused railway line through the stunning Peak District National Park. View Full Details>>
Torside Reservoir4 miles (6 km)Enjoy a circular walk or cycle around this large man made lake in the Derbyshire Peak District. View Full Details>>
Trans Pennine Trail215 miles (346 km)This terrific walking and cycling trail runs from coast to coast across northern England entirely on surfaced paths. It starts on the Yorkshire coast at Hornsea and passes through Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Greater Manchester before finishing on the Merseyside coast at Southport. View Full Details>>
Trent and Mersey Canal95 miles (153 km)Follow the Trent and Mersey Canal through Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire on this long distance waterside walk. View Full Details>>

Your Submitted Routes

Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Hucknall - Derby - Hucknall56 miles (90 km)****
Hucknall - Matlock45 miles (71.8 km)***

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