Ride-Up: All Weather MTB Route

Long story short

A challenging short loop with plenty of tough technical climbs and rewarding descents. Total distance is 14 miles 2,300 feet of climbing. All of this course is rideable if you are determined enough and make sure you keep an eye on your line up the more technical climbs.

Review

I’m back with another ‘Ride-Up’ on Dialled, from what I have heard, the last few are being well received so here we go again! For this weeks ride I was following a route sent into us by Peak District MTB – this is route designed to stand up the British winter and be rideable in all weathers. This ride was rather special as I was borrowing a hire bike from Bike Garage Bamford, I will be posting a review of the Trek Remedy 8 later on. If you’re not local to the area or want to hire a very nice bike for the day then I would highly recommend you check out the garages bike hire service, a very friendly and helpful service. The area of the peaks I was riding is more remote and the trails are considerably rougher than the previous ride-up.

The route I was following is known as the All Weather MTB Route, it’s a 14 mile loop climbing a total of 2,400 feet. This ride does feel quite slow when you are climbing up the steeper more technical sections but it certainly makes up for the time lost on the climbs when you start descending.

I started this ride at the Edale carpark, again like last time I have attached a photo of the parking fees, the car park is big so finding a space shouldn’t be an issue, it also has a block of toilets that are free to use (useful for a quick sink rinse after a ride). I paid for 2-4 hours to ensure I had enough time to complete the ride and it also gave me extra time if I needed to stop for any issues such as a mechanical. In the end I finished the ride with an hour and a half remaining so I gave my ticket to someone who had just turned up.

The ride leaves the car park and has a short road section for 4.3 miles climbing roughly 750 feet, I hate starting a ride with a climb so this hill was a real drag but once this road section is out of the way it was time for a section known as PBW Rushop Edge to Mount Famine with two main descents and one main climb. Before setting off, I mentioned before this ride is in a more remote part of the Peak District and because of this there aren’t as many places to get food. Just before setting off downhill there is a cafe called The No Car Cafe unfortunately it is only open on weekends and bank holidays so if you are doing this route keep that in mind. For this ride I only had 750ml of water and a pack of jelly babies but for me this was the perfect amount.

Now time for the first offroad section, it starts off on a fun stone-slab-filled descent that gets very steep before getting to a river, this first section is called Roych Clough North DH it is a really fun section I would highly recommend just letting the trail take you and do not touch your front brake at all. When it comes to the stone slab drops just lean back and pop the front wheel up before you ride over the edge and you will be fine. A rough technical descent like this is actually harder the slower you take it.

The ride is now onto it’s next climb and again is a steep loose one. I felt this climb went on forever but once I finally reached the top the view was incredible, I really recommend taking a few photos at the top before descending down the other side.

Once I had got my breath back it was time to blast down the 1 mile descent called Mount Famine, in my mind this is one of the best descents on this ride it has a small climb in it before finishing off with a fun grassy section with exposed stone slabs. Just make sure you don’t get too carried away on the gravel bridleway because it is very easy to miss the turn to the right that will take you onto another brilliant route that stops off at the bottom of Kinder Scout.

The next section is my favourite on this route and I will say it is one of my favourite in the Peak District! It involves a short grass climb to a gate then is a single path that opens up into a rough wide track then takes a right turn down onto a road that brings you out near Ashes Farm.

Before I knew it I was on the final climb up to Kinder Scout, this final climb is a very tough one climbing 940 feet over just 1.3 miles. Just like the rest of this climb it is steep, loose and technical, it took me just under 29 minutes to climb it and I will admit I got off a couple of times. It is possible to complete this climb with no dabs but if you were going to try it do it on a dry day! If you want to see the section on strava it’s called; Whole climb to the cross.

As you can see there are some very technical rocky sections. You will find on the edges there are some smoother rutty sections that will make it more rideable but be careful not to fall off the edge!

You will find on weekends this bridleway is popular with walkers and other mountain bikers so keep an eye out for people coming down in the opposite direction.

Personally I feel this is the most rewarding way to ride over Kinder Scout because the next descent is Jacobs Ladder and it is legendary.

Once I had reached the top of this climb I took a few minutes to catch my breath, have a drink and a little bit of a snack. I also took a video for social media to show off that I had climbed the highest peak in the Peak District (I know I wasn’t at the peak but it’s as high as the bridleway goes).

Now it was time for the bit I had been waiting for this whole ride, I was 9.2 miles into the 12.7 mile ride and had nowhere to go but downhill. Jacobs Ladder is a 1.7 mile section that is all downhill for 841 feet, it is amazing. Again though as this is a bridleway keep an eye out for walkers and other riders because once you get going on this downhill you will find it hard to suddenly stop without coming off the bike.

Jacobs is a very rough and steep downhill with a number of drops and loose sections that require good bike control and confidence, I wouldn’t advice a new rider to go down this section especially not on their own.

About half way down Jacobs is a gate so I stopped for a photo and again the Peaks delivered with an incredible view and the final sandy trail leading off down the valley towards Edale.

The final stretch of this ride is all downhill on a sandy bridleway then a short road section back to Edale carpark, this sounds like a very boring way to end a ride but the buzz from Jacobs Ladder lasts for a while after your ride!

This ride is a tough one with hard climbs and tough descents but is a very satisfying one to complete and it is almost 100% off road so you only need to look out for eachother and walkers. When I did this ride the weather was dry but cloudy, if it had been dry the previous few days it would be perfect conditions. This ride does live up to the name ‘All Weather Ride; because you can ride it in all weather conditions but be warned that you can be really exposed on Kinder Scout and there are no places to get out of the weather if it does turn. I mentioned before my food for this ride was a pack of Jelly Babies and 750ml of water, for me this was plenty. I also had my multitool, a pump and spare inner tube.

Link to my Strava activity for this ride: https://www.strava.com/activities/1202458904

You should be able to export this ride as a GPX through clicking on the wrench icon then use it for yourself to do this ride, alternatively, there are free GPX’s available to download from the Dialled MTB GPX Files page.

Finally, another shout out to Bamford Bike Garage for the brilliant bike for the day I would highly recommend hiring a bike off of them for the day even if you have one of your own! Another shout out to Peak District MTB for suggesting the route. You can download the PDF of the route from their website by following this link.

Hopefully you enjoyed this Ride-Up and I look forward to doing more in the future!

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