Starting at Whaley Bridge train station, it’s a short cycle ride down to the River Goyt which you cross over to join the Pennine Cycle Way, a long-distance route which runs between Derby and Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Leaving Whaley Bridge there are several steep climbs on the route into Buxton with wonderful views across the limestone countryside of the White Peak. Buxton is a lovely spa town, and it’s worth stopping off for a coffee and a slice of cake. As you leave Buxton, you’ll cycle along peaceful country roads cutting through farmland flanked by ancient oak trees and lush hedgerow, with many more wiggles and climbs to come.
At Parsley Hay you pick up the 13-mile, traffic-free Tissington Trail which takes you all the way to Ashbourne. This section of the route takes you through the fantastic Dovedale National Nature Reserve which is great to explore and if you fancy a spot of lunch, The Old Coach House in Tissington is a busy tearoom with outdoor seating.
After Ashbourne you're back on country lanes, travelling through Longford before arriving at Etwall. Here you join National Route 549, which leads you on traffic-free paths through the suburbs of Hilton and then on-road into Tutbury.
Things to see and do
- Toddbrook Reservoir
- Peak District National Park
- Dovedale National Nature Reserve
- Historic Buxton
Extending the route
At Etwall, the route connects with National Route 54 of the National Cycle Network which runs from Stourport to Parsley Hay via Kidderminster, Dudley, Lichfield, Burton and Derby.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.