The Peak District has many good trails from which to choose. Ladybower and Derwent valley is a great place to start. On a clear day this trail offers superb views across the Derwent Valley with the reservoirs in the bottom. The riding is varied with good climbs and a couple of technical downhills. I have written this route to finish at the Hagg Farm descent, a rock strewn feast with some twists and turns. All in all this is a fun trail in the English Peak District.
1. Coming from Glossop along the A57 Snake Pass Road park the car at the lay by on the right about 100 yds past the Hagg Farm turn off (OS SK16288 88594).
2. Ride back along the main road for 1 mile to the Rowlee Farm junction. Turn left here and drop down and over Rowlee Bridge. Climb along this minor road for about 300yds and take a sharp left up the signed bridal path. This is the route of an old Roman road.
3. Climb up the steep rocky trail for 1.3 miles. It follows a wall towards the end and then passes through a gate. At the top there is a junction (OS SK16658 91054). Take the left turn here.
4. This large boulder strewn trail leads through the trees and down toward Ladybower Reservoir.
5. Keep right and over a stile and follow the trail along the reservoir for 3 miles.
6. Turn left along the dam wall and left onto the main road the A6013. Proceed along here for 0.7 miles to the traffic lights and turn right. Continue for 400 yds and past the Ladybower Inn. Look for the trail through the gate off to the left here.
7. The trail climbs and you can see the road below. Follow this trail, across a ford as it loops round to the left and up onto Lead Hill. At the top there are fantastic views across the Dewent Valley.
8. At the top turn right and follow the bridal path signs. This is a fairly narrow trail with a dry stone wall on the right and steep sides on the left (Whinstone Lee Tor). Proceed for 0.8 miles until you see a five bar gate in the wall on the left.
9. The trail goes downhill through two gates, across another ford, through another gate and past some farm buildings and a shelter. Pass through the gate between the on the left and drop down the cobbled, then paved trail to the reservoir.
10. Follow the wide trail by the side of the lake. This becomes metalled and drown down to the visitors centre past the spectacular dam wall.
11. Pass the visitors centre and turn right at the roundabout.
12. Carry along the lake side for 1.2 miles. The road turns left and the bridal path can be seen on the left (OS SK16655 91039). Go through the gate.
13. Climb up the trail for 1.5 miles and drop down past Lockerbrook farm on your left. Pick up the wide unmetalled road which drops and then climbs up to a junction with two options to the left. Take the second to Hagg Farm.
14. Go through the gate and descend on a great rocky downhill past Hagg Farm and through two gates to the small metalled road. This leads to the main road. Turn left and 100 yds on the right you will see your car. Or if parking at Derwent Visitors Centre turn right along the main road and follow #2.
From Glossop get on the A57 Snake pass and travel for 10 miles to Hagg Farm and the lay by is on the left 100 yds after this. Or travel from Glossop to Ladybower up the Snake Pass turning left(13.5 miles)up to the Derwent Vistors Centre. Park there and pick up the trail at #12 on the trail guide.
From Sheffield get on the A57 Snake Pass. Drive past Ladybower Reservoir for about 3 miles and the lay by is 100 yds before Hagg Farm. Or take a right after the bridge over Ladybower, coming from Sheffield, to Derwent Visitors Centre. Park there and pick up the trail at #12 on the trail guide.
When to Bike
There are a couple of places to stock up with provisions or get a drink
1. Ladybower Inn
2. Derwent Visitors Centre.
You could do this loop starting and finishing at the visitors centre (see "getting there") if you wish. As said there are a few options with this ride so you can mix and match or cut it short.