Welcome to the guide to mountain biking tracks & trails in Peaks District, in particular covering descents in North Derbyshire and the Hope Valley.

Whether you’re into Downhill or Cross Country there’s nothing quite like mountain biking in the Peak District with it’s beautiful scenery and challenging and techincal natural tracks. In the north of the Peak District is the Dark Peak which features gritstone and peat, gritstone providing good grip in the wet and dry, whereas the south, or White Peak, features limestone which is quite smooth and very slippery in the wet.

Currently there are no officially organised or purpose built public Downhill Courses in the Peak District, the nearest locations for this are Wharncliffe, just north of Sheffield, and Ambergate, south of Matlock.

Below is a list of our pages about the legal descents in the Hope Valley area, they are all either Bridleways or BOATs (normally “Other Public Access Routes” on the OS map legend). The pages contain pictures, map links and some also contain videos and head cam videos. On each page you can leave comments about the track; changes, conditions or anything relevant.

Technical | Speed | Fun
Near: Hope
1 | 4 | 3  SK179852
Bamford Clough
Near: Bamford
3 | 4 | 3 [#]SK211837
Blackley Hey (aka Potato Alley)
Near: Alport & the Snake Pass
4 | 2 | 2  SK155885
Bradwell Edge
Near: Bradwell
3 | 3 | 3  SK180808
Brinks Road (aka The Roman Road)
Near: Hope
2 | 3 | 3  SK169858
Brough Lane
Near: Brough, Bradwell & Abney
1 | 5 | 1  SK182816
Cave Dale
Near: Castleton
5 | 2 | 3 [#]SK148824
Chapel Gate
Near: Edale
1 | 5 | 1  SK105837
Cutthroat - Ladybower
Near: Ladybower
3 | 3 | 3  SK207868
Derwent Edge
Near: Ladybower, Derwent
3 | 3 | 3  SK195880
Doctor's Gate
Near: Glossop and the A57 Snake Pass
5 | 2 | 2  SK086936
Gores DH
Near: Derwent
3 | 4 | 5[#] SK166904
Hagg Tor (aka Hagg Farm)
Near: Ladybower & Derwent
3 | 4 | 5 [#]SK163889
Hollins Cross - BackTor Bridge
Near: Edale, Castleton
3 | 3 | 3 [#]SK138850
Hollins Cross - Castleton
Near: Edale, Castleton
3 | 3 | 3 [#]SK138844
Hollins Cross - Greenlands
Near: Edale, Castleton
2 | 4 | 3 [#]SK130846
Hope Brink
Near: Hope & Aston
1 | 4 | 2  
Hope Cross DH (aka The Beast of Hope Cross, The Beast)
Near: Hope, Edale & Ladybower
5 | 1 | 4[#][#]SK162880
Hurst Clough
Near: Bamford
2 | 4 | 2 [#]SK218830
Jacob's Ladder
Near: Edale
5 | 3 | 4[#][#]SK087862
Lady Canning's Plantation Trail
Near: Ringinglow, Sheffield
1 | 3 | 4  SK288833
Mam Tor - Greenlands (aka Toboggan Run)
Near: Edale, Castleton
1 | 4 | 3[#][#]SK125839
Pin Dale (aka Black Rabbit)
Near: Hope, Castleton & Bradwell
2 | 3 | 2  SK158823
Roych Clough
Near: Chinley & Edale
2 | 4 | 3  SK078832
Rushup Edge
Near: Chinley & Edale
3 | 2 | 2  SK098829
Stanage Causeway
Near: Bamford, Hathersage
1 | 5 | 1  SK235846
Stanage Plantation
Near: Hathersage
3 | 3 | 3[#] SK240840
Whinstone - Cutthroat
Near: Ladybower & Derwent
2 | 3 | 2  SK206874

OS Tracks Map

The Web Team has been hard at work to produce an interactive Peak District Tracks Map, showing all the Track Pages' locations and details on an Ordnance Survey® map. It also shows other location useful to mountain bikers visiting the Peak District. As well as showing some of our routes, you can also design and share your own. For more information see the OS Tracks Map Info & Help page.

Local Maps

It's strongly recommend you carry a decent map when you're out riding in the Peak District. The Ordnance Survey Explorer maps have great detail and clearly show rights of way and elevation. There are two Explorer maps covering the Peak District; Dark Peak area (OL1), including the Hope Valley and north, and White Peak (OL24) area, covering south of the Hope Valley.

Local Bike Shops

There are two bike shops in the Hope Valley; Bike Garage in Bamford, which also offers mountain bike hire, and 18 Bikes in Hope.

For more information about the area and visiting see the websites list on our Links page.

Some statistics on legal riding in the Peak District

Bridleways account for only 12% of paths (footpaths & bridleways) in the Peak District, so for every 7.3 kilometres of footpath there is only 1 kilometre of bridleway.* 36%, 524 kilometres square, of the Peak District is open access land (normally only allowing access by foot).**
(Statistics calculated from a 2008 Peak Park document: *2001 **2005)

Please note: These pages are intended to be a guide to local tracks, they have been created to the best of our knowledge at the time of writing. You are responsible for yourself and so use any information given in these pages at your own risk. Please help to correct any mistakes you find by informing us of the mistake.


  1. stu ree said,

    Wrote on February 8, 2008 @ 11:11 am

    nice 1 mates its gud see sum proper bikin keep up da gud work n keep kick white guy ass

  2. Nicky B said,

    Wrote on March 18, 2008 @ 2:43 pm

    Hey found your website by accident live in buxton so i recognised some of the tracks you ride. went and sought out that steep one above ladybower (you can see the bridge in the photo) anyhowz we found it and it was mint really in to it for a nataural track. cheers send us an email if your riding near buxton (castlton etc) and we could join you?

    safe trails

    nicky b

  3. King_Jeff said,

    Wrote on March 18, 2008 @ 6:19 pm

    Yeah it’s fun and challenging descent. We ride around the Hope Valley, Derwent, and Edale quite a lot, so if we’re organising a big ride we’ll let you know.
    Also (if you’re on Facebook) it’s worth checking out the Mountain Biking in The Peak District group.

  4. Robbie1119 said,

    Wrote on June 5, 2008 @ 4:21 pm

    good to see theres some sort of ridin scene in derbyshire, iv not realy seen any one on a DH bike round me. il be sure to ride some of the trails round hope.

    nice one.

  5. King_Jeff said,

    Wrote on January 6, 2009 @ 10:26 pm

    Check out this helmet cam vid of the current (Dec 08) state of Hagg Side, it having been closed for a while due to forestry work.

  6. sam mason said,

    Wrote on July 28, 2009 @ 9:51 pm

    Dose any one no any tracks in chapel or near chapel

  7. King_Jeff said,

    Wrote on July 28, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

    We tend not to go out that far and from looking on the map there aren’t many bridleways. Roych Clough is quite good and there are a few other ‘green lanes’ near it.

  8. bobafett69 said,

    Wrote on August 16, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

    Does anyone know of any MTB parks or decent DH runs round here. Been out to Cannock chase DH and Hamilton Hill freeride Park/DH but dont know of anything in derbyshire which is weird as we have hills and they dont

  9. Eamo said,

    Wrote on August 17, 2010 @ 10:53 am

    There are plenty of DH runs but as always in the peaks we have to share (compete) with the army of walkers! The best way to find the better places to safely ride is to arrange to meet up with the monkeyspoon boys to show you as they do a lot of positive work for DH ers in the area & try to keep the peace with the masses! Alternatively go to mtsdownhill on myspace a come on one of our rides, we all have secret tacks that we don’t mind showing the riders who show other peoples trail
    & hard work respect. You wont find a better group to go riding with as the most important thing to us is having a laugh.

  10. Ali said,

    Wrote on January 31, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    Hey,Ive just got back into DH after a long long break from it and it would be ace to meet up with some experienced riders who know where all the good trails are in the peaks. im a reguler at wharncliffe but love hitting the natural steep technical trails in the peaks and want to know where the best ones are, but some advice and some company would be great. hope to hear from some of you soon.

  11. James Irwin said,

    Wrote on March 29, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    @ Ali

    Sorry about the slow reply. Now that the clocks have gone back evening rides are a great way to enjoy a couple of hours of riding. Whilst there are not many walkers around. Let us know will have to meet up and show you some trails.


  12. Bike Garage | News: Mountain Biking in the Peak District said,

    Wrote on January 10, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    […] The bridleways we’re riding are all named, see more info on them on our track pages […]