Eastern Moors Loop, Fox House Inn

Classic All weather Eastern Moors look with stunning views

Calling all cycling enthusiasts, especially those who are new to the sport and yearning for a picturesque route! This established loop, starting and ending at the inviting Fox House Inn in Hathersage, provides the perfect answer, rain or shine. Don’t be discouraged if you’re a beginner – this route caters to those building their fitness while offering stunning scenery.

The true magic unfolds after the initial climb. As you conquer Totley Moss, a blanket of peat bog that provides a unique challenge, the landscape opens up dramatically as you reach Saltersitch Bridge. Here, a breathtaking panorama awaits, unveiling the rolling hills and valleys of the Peak District National Park. For those who rise with the sun, there’s the incredible possibility of witnessing a majestic sight – a herd of stags grazing peacefully on the distant horizon, adding a touch of untamed beauty to the scene. If you choose an afternoon ride, the scene transforms into a display of human drama. Climbers scaling the edges, their figures silhouetted against the sky, add a touch of excitement to the landscape.

The route then winds its way past the iconic Wellingtons Monument, a landmark that boasts truly panoramic vistas. This neo-classical structure, commemorating the Duke of Wellington, stands proudly on its hilltop perch, offering a chance to catch your breath and take in the expansive views.

From there, you’ll embark on a journey through the unique gritstone edges of Baslow, Curbar, and Froggatt. These natural wonders offer a distinctive Peak District experience. Gritstone, a coarse-grained sandstone, has been weathered over millennia, creating dramatic escarpments and outcrops. The route weaves along the base of these edges, offering glimpses of valleys and allowing you to appreciate the raw beauty of the Peak District’s geology.

Finally, a gentle and relaxing cruise through the Longshaw Estate allows you to unwind and take in the closing beauty of the route. Longshaw Estate, a National Trust property, boasts rolling parkland, woodlands, and a picturesque reservoir. Keep an eye out for deer and sheep grazing peacefully in the fields, adding a touch of tranquility to the scene.

As you return to the Fox House Inn, a sense of accomplishment will surely wash over you. End your cycling adventure in style! A well-deserved pint of local ale and a hearty bun, perhaps a traditional Bakewell tart, await you at the pub, the perfect reward for conquering this scenic loop. So, grab your bike, pack some essentials including sunscreen, water, and a snack, and get ready for a delightful cycling experience in the heart of the Peak District. Remember, this route caters to beginners, but some sections may require a bit of effort. Don’t hesitate to take your time, enjoy the scenery, and savor the sense of achievement that comes with completing this rewarding ride.

Looking over Curbar Edge