Cycling near Hartington

Hartington is an excellent place for cycling, with many excellent routes starting from the village or nearby.

Hartington is within 2 miles of two popular cycle trails and only 3 miles from a third trail, all of which follow the course of disused railways, and are on average of 15 miles in length. The National Cycle Network route 54, using mainly bridleways, part of the trails or extremely quiet lanes, passes through the village. There are numerous bridleways around the village which are excellent for cycling on.

The Tissington Trail is one of the major cycle routes in the Peak District. It runs from Hurdlow (a few miles out of Buxton) in the north to Ashbourne in the south, following the line of the former railway. The gradients are very gentle, but it is worth remembering that Buxton is significantly higher than Ashbourne, so if you cycle from South to North most of the route is steadily, if gently, uphill.

The Tissington Trail runs through Hartington Station, less than 2 miles from the village, the nearest it approaches Hartington, though it goes almost right through Biggin and Heathcote. Cycle hire is available at Parsley Hay, less than 4 miles north of Hartington.
tissington trail

On the Tissington Trail

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On the Manifold Trail below Thor's Cave

The Manifold and Hamps Trail runs from Hulme End (less than 2 miles from Hartington) down the Manifold Valley to Weags Bridge, where it turns right and climbs up the Hamps Valley (a subsiduary of the Manifold) to Waterhouses.

This is the route of a former light railway which once ran between Hulme End and the main railway line at Waterhouses.

Once again the gradients are quite gentle, but a short section of the line has been converted to a minor road, so the trail is not entirely car-free. (But most cylists will only encounter one or two cars on this stretch, and the cars invariably driving slowly as they are vastly outnumbered by cyclists).

Cycle Hire is available at Waterhouses.

The third trail the High Peak Trail is in many ways the most interesting, There are numerous archaeological and many other features to be seen from this trail, and at that part nearest Hartington some wonderful high embankments, one in particular on a very sharply curved section which is a sight to behold. This trail is just about totally level apart from three 'inclines', each of a gradient of about 1:8, where the less strong cyclist will dismount and push.

But don't confine your cycling to the trails, There is a wonderful network of quietish lanes around, and you will find that motorists are far more considerate and slower on these lanes than in other parts of the country, (this cannot be said about the A roads), perhaps because motorists feel less challenged by cyclists than in other areas, where both are competing for more densely populated roadspace.
the hopton incline on the High peak Trail

The Hopton Incline on the High Peak Trail

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Cyclists at Hartington Signal Box, Hartington Station

Worth a mention is the approach down into Hartington from the road between Asbourne and Buxton, passing underneath the Tissington Trail. It's the sort of 'swoop' that cyclists love, not too steep but just steep enough to achieve a good speed without pedaling, along a two and a half mile road that for about two miles of its length is flanked on either side by limestone rocky outcrops.

We have selected two routes for you:

Route 1 goes from Hartington to join the Tissington Trail at Heathcote, up the Trail to Hurdlow, then returning via minor roads.

Route 2 goes from Hartington to Biggin to join the Tissington Trail, then down the trail to Thorpe, near Dovedale, along the minor road to Ilam, up a single track road to Throwley Hall, then down to Weags Bridge to join the Manifold Trail and back to Hartington via Hulme End.
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