It’s not cheating… even the pro’s are using them!

Over the past 2 years we’ve seen a massive change in the attitude towards e-bikes and people now are recognising their purpose and as their own individual discipline. We’ve seen a lot of ‘nay-sayers’ now fully embrace them, now they see them for what they are… FUN! Isn’t that they idea behind any sport? 

These are perfect for individuals or groups wanting to try something a bit different.

There are many benefits to e-bikes and they’ve very much deserved their place as a cycling discipline;

  • Allowing people and groups, with varying endurance levels, to be able to partake and enjoy similar distance rides. No more feeling like your holding the group up
  • Allows riders of differing age to discover the same routes and trails, regardless of your fitness levels
  • Opens up a wider area of terrain to all, due to the increased travel distances and making harder climbs pleasurable. Discover your ‘Uphill Flow’ – it’s not all about the downhill anymore
  • Increased descending time within your ride
  • Opens up cycling to injured or rehabilitating riders wanting to get out without expending too much energy or putting too much stress on your body, by recovering your fitness in a safe and gradual way

All our different packages are ability graded and tailored to suit all abilities.

adventures

A longer full day out

Our guided adventures allow groups of riders with mid to high ability levels enjoy a day out on some of the best trails the Peak District has to offer. Our adventures are more of a journey and take in more of the technical terrain the Peak District has to offer.

experiences

A shorter ride

Our guided experiences are more aimed at beginner to intermediate abilities. The experiences will give you a good taster of what ebiking is all about. Never designed to take you out of your comfort zone, but allowing you progress at your own pace and as your confidence grows, tackle more challenging terrain.

Regardless of your ability or experience all our rides involve familiarisation and brushing up on e-bike specific skills, designed around getting the most from an e-bike and understand the different riding styles required to get the most fun from these amazing bikes

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our ride grading system

GREEN

BLUE

RED

BLACK

All our adventures are graded so you know before you book exactly what the route is going to ask of you!

Using a combination of the philosophy used in UK climbing grading, which recognises both how techincal the climb is and ski and trail grading that acknowledges difficulty by colour, our route grading is designed to give you an idea of the skill level and fitness level required to book onto the chosen adventure.

In order to make sure beginners aren’t overwhelmed or put in dangerous situations, and to make sure that experts get the challenge they expect we’ve introduced the grading system, It might seem a little overkill but we want to ensure all riders on the day get to ride with shredders of similar experience and skill.

 

You can click on the grading icons at anytime to see how that experience or adventure is graded.

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City to Sky experience

£95 per person

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We took inspiration for our City to Sky experience from time spent in Canada. The Sea to Sky is an incredibly scenic road that runs along the coastal line from Vancouver to Whistler. We enjoyed the trip so much, we’ve brought the experience home to Sheffield – affectionately known as the Outdoor City – and thrown in some electric-assisted bikes for good measure.

Our guided City to Sky experience takes you on a journey from Sheffield’s city centre parks, along woodland tracks, through the amazing moorland scenery that makes the Peak District so special and up to the famous gritstone escarpment Stanage Edge. There’s next to no riding on roads.

The City to Sky ride is done on top-of-the-range electric-assisted bikes (e-bikes), and includes 45 minutes of familiarisation with the e-bikes before we go anywhere.

  •  Distance 16.5 km
  • Duration 4 – 5 hours
  • Elevation Gain 1,524ft
  • Max Riders: 8
  • Min Riders: 4
 
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  • You’re over eighteen
  • You’d love to experience what the Outdoor City has to offer and go on a e-mtb journey off road into the heart of the Peak District
  • You’re curious over the new E-bike craze and want to know more.
  • You might be thinking of buying an bike but you fancy experiencing an actual ride to understand their advantages.
  • You fancy hiring an E-Bike to see what all the fuss is about and find out how much fun they are.
  • You would like to learn to ride an e-bike in a controlled environment and then head out on a ride into the peaks
  • You need to competent on a bike and understand how to change gear.
  •  Confident riding a short distance on public roads
  • Although e-bikes are electrically assisted you still have to pedal so a good level of fitness and heath is required as you will still get out of breath!

10am                       Meet in Endcliffe Park

10:15 – 11:30        Bike fitting and familiarisation

11:30                       Start City to Sky experience, ride through Parks into Peaks

13:00                       Stop at Norfolk Arms for refreshments

14:00 – 14:30        Arrive Burbage rocks

14:30 – 15:00        Photo opportunities

16:00 – 16:30        Return to Endcliffe Park by Shuttle Service

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Introduction to E-bikes​​​

Introduction to E-bikes​​​

£75.00 per person including e-bike hire

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Based out of our Cycle Hub in Upper Hulme this is the perfect introduction into the world of e-biking.

E-bikes are great fun but do require a little change in how you ride and understanding the physics of the bike to enable you to have the most fun and also be safe.

If you’ve got a need for an e-adventure and want to try one for the first time before buying one then this is a great opportunity to learn the basics then be guided on a small loop around past the Roaches and into Gradbach Forest.

  • Duration: 3 – 4 hours
  • Capacity: 8
  • Rider experience: You’ll have ridden a mountain bike before but never an e-bike
  • Type of trails: Green graded
  • Hiring e-bike included
  • You’re over eighteen
  • You’re curious over the new E-bike craze and want to know more
  • You might be thinking of buying an bike but you fancy experiencing an actual ride to understand their advantages.
  • You fancy hiring an E-Bike to see what all the fuss is about and find out how much fun they are.
  • You would like to gain more confidence and control when using an ebike
  • Location – True North Cycle Hub
  • Start Time: 09:00
  • Finish Time: 12:00 – 13:00
  • (Further details will be sent out at time of booking)
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Summer evening e-bike experience​

Summer evening e-bike experience - Blue

£40.00 per person

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Based out of our Cycle Hub in Upper Hulme this is the perfect summer evening experience.

If your short on time and just fancy an evening experience on an e-bike then these sessions are great fun. It’s not a full course but they are a great way of sampling an e-bike in fantastic surroundings on private land allowing you ride and understand the physics of the bike enabling you to have the most fun and also be safe.

This course is graded blue which is a level up from a total beginner and our loop will take in a little more off road terrain once we have been through the familiarisation of the e-bike.

If you fancy an e-adventure and want to try one for the first time before buying one then this is a great opportunity to learn the basics then be guided on a small loop around past the Roaches and into Gradbach Forest.

  • Duration: 2 – 3 hours
  • Capacity: 8
  • Rider experience: You’ll have ridden a mountain bike before but never an e-bike
  • Type of trails: Blue Graded
  • Hiring e-bike included.
  •  You’re over eighteen
  • You’re curious over the new E-bike craze and want to know more
  • You have an E-Bike and want to learn how to get the most out of this trick piece of kit.
  • You fancy hiring an E-Bike to see what all the fuss is about and find out how much fun they are.
  • You would like to gain more confidence and control
  • Start Location – True North Cycle Hub, Leek
  • Start Time: 18:00 – 19:00 
  • Finish Time: 20:00 – 21:00 (dependant on sunset)
  • (Further details will be sent out at time of booking)
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Summer evening e-bike experience​

Summer evening e-bike experience - Red

£40.00 per person

Grade

Based out of our Cycle Hub in Upper Hulme this is the perfect summer evening experience If your short on time and just fancy an evening experience on an e-bike then these sessions are great fun. It’s not a full course but they are a great way of sampling an e-bike in fantastic surroundings on private land allowing you ride and understand the physics of the bike enabling you to have the most fun and also be safe.

This course is graded red which is for intermediate riders with experience of riding on red graded trails, our loop will take in some challenging terrain once we have been through the familiarisation of the e-bike.

If you fancy an e-adventure and want to try one for the first time before buying one then this is a great opportunity to learn the basics then be guided on a small loop around past the Roaches and into Gradbach Forest.

  • Duration: 2 – 3 hours
  • Capacity: 8
  • Rider experience: You’ll have ridden a mountain bike before but never an e-bike
  • Type of trails: Red Graded
  • Hiring e-bike included.
  •  You’re over eighteen
  • You’re curious over the new E-bike craze and want to know more
  • You have an E-Bike and want to learn how to get the most out of this trick piece of kit.
  • You fancy hiring an E-Bike to see what all the fuss is about and find out how much fun they are.
  • You would like to gain more confidence and control
  • Start Location – True North Cycle Hub, Leek
  • Start Time: 18:00 – 19:00 
  • Finish Time: 20:00 – 21:00 (dependant on sunset)
  • (Further details will be sent out at time of booking)
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ADVENTURES​

Rowsley Circuit EMTB

£55.00 per person Full Day

An extremely scenic route that takes in a good chunk of the White Peak. A challenging blue or nice red this big loop of nearly 40km has a good mixture of challenging rocky decent on the limestone around Lathkill Dale, while mixing up the woodland single track with surprise climbs and descents you wouldn’t think were there in passing.

A great chance to stop in various places including Bakewell, the village of Edensor and the grounds of Chatsworth Estate.

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Course Details

Rowsley Circuit
  • Distance 41.08km
  • Elevation Gain 1,043m
  • Capacity: 6

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Rowsley Circuit

Rowsley Circuit EMTB

£45.00 per person

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An extremely scenic route that takes in a good chunk of the White Peak. A challenging blue or steady red this big loop of nearly 40km has a good mixture of challenging rocky decent on the limestone around Lathkill Dale, while mixing up the woodland single track with surprise climbs and descents you wouldn’t think were there in passing.

A great chance to stop in various places including Bakewell, the village of Edensor and the grounds of Chatsworth Estate.

Our guides will lead you aroun this amazing scenic route and offer guidance and coaching 

  • Distance 41.08km
  • Elevation Gain 1,043m
  • Max Riders: 8
  • Min Riders: 4
  • E-bike hire available at £60 per day
  • Please see our ride gradings or click on the grading icon for information on the route difficulty and fitness level required.
  • You will be asked to confirm you accept that you are happy with this route grading and have the experience started to ride the route.

Start Time: 09:00

Finish Time: 15:00 – 16:00

Meeting location: Whitworth Park, Station Rd, Darley Dale, Matlock DE4 2EQ

Detailed information will be issued at booking

A certified cycling helmet and gloves are compulsory, but we can provide one free of charge if needed.

Weatherproof clothing is also a necessity. As the weather is changeable please pack for every eventuality. We also strongly recommend using knee pads and any other protection that you feel would give you more confidence on the day. Flat pedals are also highly recommended. Please ensure that the e-bike you turn up with is in full working order has full battery and is relevant for the route.

A full suspension or hardtail e-bike is required.

You’ll be out on the trail for most of the day. We do stop for lunch but its always crucial that you carrying a small hydration pack. Hydration is crucial for concentration and keeping energy levels up. Some food and a spare inner tube is also worth packing to avoid your day finishing early if you are on your own bike. 

For bikes hired with True North Adventures you will be supplied with a backpack with tube and space for bottles/food etc. Your guide will have tools to rectify any issues with hired bikes.

Weather Cancellation

If for any reason the conditions are planned to be dangerous on that day, you will be offered another date or a full refund. Should this happen, we will contact you as soon as possible using the details your have provided.

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Gradbach Loop EMTB

£55.00 per person Full Day

Our classic training loop taking you from our Cycle Hub deep into the South West Peak District on this not so well ridden route but definitely one to try.

It has some road work in it as we cross over towards Macclesfield Forest via Wildboarclough and Cumberland Clough renowned as on of the best descents and most challenging in the Peak District. Building up speed on a number of fast corners with tricky gullies theres a brief rest before it starts over again with a run down a rock and root strewn track.

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Course Details

  • Distance 30.61mi
  • Elevation Gain 4,472ft
  • Capacity: 6

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Gradbach Loop EMTB

£55.00 per person Full day

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Our classic training loop taking you from our Cycle Hub deep into the South West Peak District on this not so well ridden route but definitely one to try.

It has some road work in it as we cross over towards Macclesfield Forest via Wildboarclough and Cumberland Clough renowned as on of the best descents and most challenging in the Peak District. Building up speed on a number of fast corners with tricky gullies theres a brief rest before it starts over again with a run down a rock and root strewn track.

  • Distance 30.61mi
  • Elevation Gain 4,472ft
  • Capacity: 6
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Peak Enduro Epic

Peak Enduro Epic EMTB

£80.00 per person Full Day

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This is a tough challenge, you’ll need your skills as well as your fitness for this 40 mile route across the Peak District from Chinley to Dore in Sheffield.

Taking in all the Peaks classic descents and more, extremely challenging climbs mixed with stunning scenery and remote locations go to ensuring you’ll remember this experience for quite a long time. Its point to point so we’ll be getting transport back from Sheffield in our courtesy bus or on the train after a well deserved refreshment stop.

This is a good one if your training for a long distance race or challenge event or you just fancy testing yourself. This route is slightly long for the e-bikes without a big charge en-route, we do a shorter bike version just to stay within the battery capabilities if your interested..

  • Distance 39.21mi
  • Elevation Gain 6,280ft
  • Capacity: 6
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Peak Enduro Epic EMTB

£80.00 per person Full Day

This is a tough challenge, you’ll need your skills as well as your fitness for this 40 mile route across the Peak District from Chinley to Dore in Sheffield.

Taking in all the Peaks classic descents and more, extremely challenging climbs mixed with stunning scenery and remote locations go to ensuring you’ll remember this experience for quite a long time. Its point to point so we’ll be getting transport back from Sheffield in our courtesy bus or on the train after a well deserved refreshment stop.

This is a good one if your training for a long distance race or challenge event or you just fancy testing yourself. This route is slightly long for the e-bikes without a big charge en-route, we do a shorter bike version just to stay within the battery capabilities if your interested..

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Course Details

Peak Enduro Epic
  • Distance 39.21mi
  • Elevation Gain 6,280ft
  • Capacity: 6

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Killer Hope Loop

Killer Hope Loop EMTB

£55.00 per person Full day

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Think your hard enough? Come on then lets give it a try.

This classic route attempted by many is a gruling one. With seven big climbs this route features almost all the best descents in the Dark Peak, you’ll definitely deserve that post ride cake when we reach Hope.

Plenty of stops en-route, we’ll have chance to rece some of the decents 

  • Distance 36.75m
  • Elevation Gain 5,705ft
  • Capacity: 6
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Some of the trails we’ll encounter on this bucket list route:

Pindale Singletrack 
The Beast 
CaveDale
Mam Nick
Screaming Mile
Potato Alley
Whinstone Tor
Derwent Edge

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Killer Hope Loop EMTB

£55.00 per person Full Day

Think your hard enough? Come on then lets give it a try.

This classic route attempted by many is a gruling one. With seven big climbs this route features some of the best descents in the Dark Peak, you’ll definitely deserve that post ride cake when we reach Hope.

Some of the trails we’ll encounter on this bucket list route:

Pindale Singletrack 
The Beast 
CaveDale
Mam Nick
Screaming Mile
Potato Alley
Whinstone Tor
Derwent Edge

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Course Details

Killer Hope Loop
  • Distance 36.75m
  • Elevation Gain 5,705ft
  • Capacity: 6

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Classic Ladybower

£55.00 per person Full day

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Starting from Hope railway station this route is a great Hope Valley introduction if you’ve not visited before.

Classified as a red route there’s lots of variety from rocky descents to great single track, woodland trails and remote moorland riding. We have the option to extend this route and pick up some other famous Peak classic trails if good progress is made. 

  • Distance 18.45mi
  • Elevation Gain 2,542ft
  • Capacity: 8
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Classic Ladybower EMTB

£55.00 per person Full Day

Starting from Hope railway station this route is a great Hope Valley introduction if you’ve not visited before.

Classified as a red route there’s lots of variety from rocky descents to great single track, woodland trails and remote moorland riding. We have the option to extend this route and pick up some other famous Peak classic trails if good progress is made. 

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Course Details

Classic Ladybower

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  • Distance 18.45mi
  • Elevation Gain 2,542ft
  • Capacity: 6

Manifold Valley Tour EMTB

£100.00 per person​

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Starting at Hartington Youth Hostel this relaxed chilled out tour across some of the nicest White Peak scenery you’ll come across, the stunning limestone gorges of the Manifold Valley and Thors Cave. This route is split into thirds, nice single track mixed with easy going tracks and lanes combined with paved cycle routes.

Its graded blue/red as it does have a few sections of technical riding so its not a beginner route but the sections are walkable if you do wish to attempt this route.

We’ll pass on our skills to help you improve your technique and confidence as the day goes on.

We pass some great villages with cafes, pubs and tea rooms so this is a great route for a mixed day out.

  • Distance 15.76mi
  • Elevation Gain 1,525ft
  • Capacity: 6
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Manifold Valley Tour EMTB

£100.00 per person

Starting at Hartington Youth Hostel this relaxed chilled out tour across some of the nicest White Peak scenery you’ll come across, the stunning limestone gorges of the Manifold Valley and Thors Cave. This route is split into thirds, nice single track mixed with easy going tracks and lanes combined with paved cycle routes.

Its graded blue/red as it does have a few sections of technical riding taking it into an Intermediate category but the sections are walkable if you do wish to attempt this route.

We’ll pass on our skills to help you improve your technique and confidence as the day goes on.

We pass some great villages with cafes, pubs and tea rooms so this is a great route for a mixed day out.

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Course Details

  • Distance 15.76mi
  • Elevation Gain 1,525ft
  • Capacity: 6

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Totley Moor

Totley Moor EMTB

£40.00 per person Half Day

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This great half day little loop is a nice introduction to the variety of terrain we have in the Peaks. It’s got a good amount of pedalling and takes in great views over to Sheffield and the valley out to Chatsworth from Curbar Edge.

  • Distance 11.52mi
  • Elevation Gain 787ft
  • Capacity: 6
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Totley Moor EMTB

£40.00 per person Half Day

This great half day little loop is a nice introduction to the variety of terrain we have in the Peaks. It’s got a good amount of pedalling and takes in great views over to Sheffield and the valley out to Chatsworth from Curbar Edge.

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Course Details

Totley Moor
  • Distance 11.52mi
  • Elevation Gain 787ft
  • Capacity: 6

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Friden Rail Loop EMTB

£40.00 per person

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Beginner Route taking in mostly disused railways, gravel tracks and a small amount of road.
This is a perfect introduction to riding in the Peaks, almost traffic free with amazing open views over the White Peak.
Taking in sections of the Tissington Trial and Pennine Bridleway this leisurely route has lots of options for calling passing through traditional Peak District villages for refreshments.mbs and descents you wouldn’t think were there in passing.

A great chance to stop in various places including Bakewell, the village of Edensor and the grounds of Chatsworth Estate

  • Distance 13.01mi
  • Elevation Gain 513ft
  • Capacity: 6
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Friden Rail Loop EMTB

£40.00 per person

Beginner Route taking in mostly disused railways, gravel tracks and a small amount of road. 
This is a perfect introduction to riding in the Peaks, almost traffic free with amazing open views over the White Peak.
Taking in sections of the Tissington Trial and Pennine Bridleway this leisurely route has lots of options for calling passing through traditional Peak District villages for refreshments.

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Course Details

  • Distance 13.01mi
  • Elevation Gain 513ft
  • Capacity: 6

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Buxton & The Goyt Valley

Buxton & The Goyt Valley EMTB

£40.00 per person

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This pleasant tour from Buxton takes in wild moorland scenery making its way across to Taxal and Whaley Bridge before heading back through the forest tracks of the Goyt Valley.

  • Distance 16.22mi
  • Elevation Gain 2,403ft
  • Capacity: 6
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Buxton & The Goyt Valley EMTB

£40.00 per person

This pleasant tour from Buxton takes in wild moorland scenery making its way across to Taxal and Whaley Bridge before heading back through the forest tracks of the Goyt Valley.

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Course Details

Buxton & The Goyt Valley
  • Distance 16.22mi
  • Elevation Gain 2,403ft
  • Capacity: 6

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Dambusters Circuit EMTB

£40.00 per person

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Beginner ride around Derwent and Howden Reservoir

A great beginner loop for those wanting a leisurely ride on a gravel or mountain bike this ride around Derwent and Howden Reservoir is relatively flat ranging from quite roads to closed tracks.

  • Distance 16.00mi
  • Elevation Gain 996ft
  • Capacity: 6
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Dambusters Circuit EMTB

£40.00 per person

Beginner ride around Derwent and Howden Reservoir

A great beginner loop for those wanting a leisurely ride on a gravel or mountain bike this ride around Derwent and Howden Reservoir is relatively flat ranging from quite roads to closed tracks.

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Course Details

  • Distance 16.00mi
  • Elevation Gain 996ft
  • Capacity: 6

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Technical and Fitness rating

There are so many amazing routes we have access to in the Peaks, so whether you are an individual or a group, we want to ensure the route is suitable for your fitness and technical ability.

We want to make sure everyone has an amazing time and experience and develops their confidence in a controlled way, and that all the group ride within their ability and comfort zone.

Each of our routes are assigned a technical and fitness grade so your able to assess if the adventure is right for you, it also allows us to plan the best route and ensure all riders are on a similar level when out riding together.

ONE Grade - TWO Components

Colour:

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The colours signify the technical diffculty of the route or adventure, just like a trail marker or ski piste.

If you are relatively new to the sport or looking to improve after a while out you should seek out GREEN and BLUE routes .

For intermediate and advanced riders after more challenging trails and routes then look for our RED or BLACK routes 

Bars:

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The bars signify the physical difficulty in climbing or distance, as we offer e-bike adventures the route will be as challenging technically but will be easier on a fitness level as you’ll be assisted.

1 Bar: Physically easy, generally flat routes with the potential for rolling terrain. Less than 500 meters climbing distance varies between 10-15km

2 Bars: A slight increase in difficulty than that of a 1 bar route, possibility of additional climbing with a duration between 1-2 hours

3 Bars: Much harder, a route graded with 3 bars will be good undertaking. Expect between 2-5 hours out on the bike depending on route and between 800-1500m of climbing

4 Bars:  The HARDEST routes we have in the Peaks. You’ll be climbing over 1500 meters and will be out between 4-8 hours depending on the route. 

Technical ratings

Green

  • Able to ride a bike:
  • Ridden one in the past but it’s been a few years
  • can understand gear selection
  • Skills: Limited mountain biking skills

Blue

  • Time on mountain bike: Relatively new, but have had a few rides on a mountain bike
  • You have basic bike handling skills. You are comfortable on a mixture of double tracks and estate roads that may have variable ground conditions around 1m wide. Shallow gradients, some rocks and roots but nothing too severe.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a Blue trail centre route

Red

  • Time on mountain bike: Riding 1-2 years
  • You have comfortably grasped basic bike handling skills on a mixture of single-track and paths, on uneven, loose and occasionally steep gradients, with some variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots. You are comfortable negotiating narrower trails around half a metre wide that are mostly stable with some variability. You are comfortable traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks and logs.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a red trail centre route

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  • Time on mountain bike: Riding for 2 + years
  • You are a confident mountain biker and have been riding technical terrain for at least 2 years including exposed single-track and rough trails, on uneven, loose and frequent steep gradients, with frequent variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots and small water bars. You are comfortable riding on narrow trails around a foot wide that vary greatly in their stability and may be unpredictable including loose rock. You are comfortable regularly traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, logs and drop offs up to hub height.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a black trail centre route

RED

  • Time on mountain bike: Riding 1-2 years
  • You have comfortably grasped basic bike handling skills on a mixture of single-track and paths, on uneven, loose and occasionally steep gradients, with some variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots. You are comfortable negotiating narrower trails around half a metre wide that are mostly stable with some variability. You are comfortable traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks and logs.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a red trail centre route

Black

  • Time on mountain bike: Riding for 2 + years
  • You are a confident mountain biker and have been riding technical terrain for at least 2 years including exposed single-track and rough trails, on uneven, loose and frequent steep gradients, with frequent variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots and small water bars. You are comfortable riding on narrow trails around a foot wide that vary greatly in their stability and may be unpredictable including loose rock. You are comfortable regularly traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, logs and drop offs up to hub height.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a black trail centre route
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Mostly BLUE with a bit of RED

BLUE​

  • Time on mountain bike: Relatively new, but have had a few rides on a mountain bike
  • You have basic bike handling skills. You are comfortable on a mixture of double tracks and estate roads that may have variable ground conditions around 1m wide. Shallow gradients, some rocks and roots but nothing too severe.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a Blue trail centre route

RED

  • Time on mountain bike: Riding 1-2 years
  • You have comfortably grasped basic bike handling skills on a mixture of single-track and paths, on uneven, loose and occasionally steep gradients, with some variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots. You are comfortable negotiating narrower trails around half a metre wide that are mostly stable with some variability. You are comfortable traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks and logs.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a red trail centre route
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Mostly RED with a bit of BLACK

RED

  • Time on mountain bike: Riding 1-2 years
  • You have comfortably grasped basic bike handling skills on a mixture of single-track and paths, on uneven, loose and occasionally steep gradients, with some variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots. You are comfortable negotiating narrower trails around half a metre wide that are mostly stable with some variability. You are comfortable traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks and logs.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a red trail centre route

Black

  • Time on mountain bike: Riding for 2 + years
  • You are a confident mountain biker and have been riding technical terrain for at least 2 years including exposed single-track and rough trails, on uneven, loose and frequent steep gradients, with frequent variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots and small water bars. You are comfortable riding on narrow trails around a foot wide that vary greatly in their stability and may be unpredictable including loose rock. You are comfortable regularly traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, logs and drop offs up to hub height.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a black trail centre route
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Mostly GREEN with a bit of BLUE

GREEN​

  • Able to ride a bike:
  • Ridden one in the past but it’s been a few years
  • can understand gear selection
  • Skills: Limited mountain biking skills

BLUE​

  • Time on mountain bike: Relatively new, but have had a few rides on a mountain bike
  • You have basic bike handling skills. You are comfortable on a mixture of double tracks and estate roads that may have variable ground conditions around 1m wide. Shallow gradients, some rocks and roots but nothing too severe.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a Blue trail centre route

Black

  • Time on mountain bike: Riding for 2 + years
  • You are a confident mountain biker and have been riding technical terrain for at least 2 years including exposed single-track and rough trails, on uneven, loose and frequent steep gradients, with frequent variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots and small water bars. You are comfortable riding on narrow trails around a foot wide that vary greatly in their stability and may be unpredictable including loose rock. You are comfortable regularly traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, logs and drop offs up to hub height.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a black trail centre route