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'Up Hill and Down Dale' to Darwin Forest

An exhilarating climb up Darley Hillside to Darwin Forest & return via Peak Village Retail Outlet

  • 6 hr
  • From 95 British pounds
  • Winster Cycling Hub - DE4 2DR

Service Description

From the Miners Standard hub the tour descends into Winster to discover more of this historic lead mining and market town. The route then passes the church taking a rarely used, narrow back lane out to Birchover. The road continues to rise through and beyond Birchover to just before Stanton Moor where a lovely birch-lined road (closed to traffic as a result of a landslip) takes you down to Stanton Lees and then over Darley Bridge. At Darley Dale the A6 is crossed and the route then zig zags up to the top of Darley Moor near Sydnope Hill. A short detour here will allow you take a well deserved respite amongst the idyllic woodlands of Darwin Forest and the Foresters Bar. The route when rejoined continues along narrow wooded lanes before starting its long descent down into Rowsley for a bit of 'retail therapy' cycling through the Peak Village shopping centre and then a short walk through the Grouse and Claret car park and over the Derwent. A slow gradual rise along minor roads takes you to the northern edge of Stanton Moor and through the Stanton Estate past the Flying Childers. Another descent to cross the Bakewell Road allows you to join a beautiful back road to pass by Harthill Hall. Wonderful open views look down over Youlgreave with the route following a ridge passing the Grey Ladies stone circle to the back of Robin Hoods Stride before reaching the small mining village of Elton. Then it is just a short return to Winster and your journey is complete. Difficulty - Easy Blue Tour Theme - Geology & Landscapes Surface - Mainly minor roads, roads closed to motor vehicles, track and a few steps, short lengths of main road, may be necessary to push your bike for a very small length of public footpath Distance - 21.4 miles Time allocated - 6 hours Refreshment Stop Options - Winster, Darley Bridge, Darley Dale, Darwin Forest, Peak Village, & Stanton in Peak Tour Ref - 17

Upcoming Sessions

Start Point & Booking Queries

  • Winster Cycling Hub - DE4 2DR

    +44 (0)1629 352122

Cancellation Policy

Running Tours is our business so as a general rule we cannot accept last minute cancelation requests where we cannot easily re-book the date. If you need to change the date of your pre-booked tour we do ask for at least seven days notice so that we have the opportunity to re-book your slot. There is no additional charge for changing the date of your tour. If you give us less than 7 days notice and we cannot resell the slot we reserve the right to charge a 50% re-booking fee. We do not offer refunds on cancelled tours only the opportunity to re-book As a general rule we will not cancel any eBike tours based on the weather unless the conditions are so extreme they are not safe for cycling. We use the Met Office to monitor if any severe weather warnings are expected

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