Free Route Download - White Peak Mountain Biking - Eastern Moors
- Thursday 19 June 2014
This summer we'll publish the fully revised second edition of our White Peak Mountain Biking guidebook. Rather than just hitting reprint, we decided to reassess all the routes and account for the various changes to the southern Peak's many bridleways and byways. If only because we don't need much of an excuse to get out on the bikes!
After much graft over the last year or so, this second edition now features four new routes (well, five, if you count one that used to be in the first edition of our Dark Peak Mountain Biking guide), various tweaked routes, Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 scale maps, all new photography and lots more.
One of the new routes, the Eastern Moors Tour, has come about as a result of a change in the management of the diverse moorland on the eastern edge of the Peak District, on the fringe of Sheffield. Early in 2011 the Eastern Moors Partnership, a joint venture between the National Trust and the RSPB, signed a lease to manage the Eastern Moors on behalf of the Peak District National Park Authority. A popular choice among local interest groups, this has brought about many positive changes which benefit walkers, climbers, horse riders and – crucially here – mountain bikers.
One of these changes is the opening up of access around Big Moor, which sits behind the Curbar and Froggatt edges. Cyclists can now ride down the tranquil Barbrook Valley and along the top of the edges themselves, effectively a continuation of the path along the top of Baslow Edge. It links up the Blacka and Totley Moor riding nicely with the White Peak stuff further south, filling a previously bridleway-less void.
These new bridleways are now all officially open, and, as many riders aren't entirely clear on where they can and can't ride, we've decided to offer this Eastern Moors route as a free download. Click here to download a PDF.
p.s. You can also find our more about the work of the Eastern Moors Partnership by clicking on the logo below.