Peak District Multi-Activity Weekend 2022: High Peak Cycling
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This event is part of the Peak District Multi-activity Weekend 2022. However, you are welcome to take part in this activity if you are not signed up for the hostel event.
The planned route is about 40km (25 miles) and is predominantly off-road cycle trails. Depending on weather conditions and the mood of the group, there will be options to make the day shorter or longer.
We will meet at the Glenorchy Centre and head off uphill out of the town to the High Peak Trail. Our route along the High Peak and Tissington Trails (both disused railways) passes through stunning scenery in this beautiful part of the Peak District. We will leave the trail at Tissington and return to Wirksworth along quiet roads, passing through Bradbourne and Carsington, where there will be a well-earned pub stop.
You will need a mountain bike or hybrid bike for this activity. Because the route is predominantly off road, with some bumpy and gravely sections, it is not suitable for road bikes. If you do not own a suitable bike you can hire one from Middleton Top Visitor Centre, which is near the start of our route.
This activity, doesn't require any technical mountain-biking experience. However, there are some steep uphill and downhill sections, so a reasonable level of fitness and cycling experience will be required. The pace will be leisurely, with plenty of stops for snacks and photography,
IMPORTANT! - Participation Statement
You MUST complete the Cycling Participation Statement in addition to booking your event space before attending a cycling event.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who has recently tested positive for Covid-19, is asked not to attend.
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What to bring
- A good quality mountain bike or Hybrid bike.
- Puncture repair kit (or better still a spare inner tube) and tyre levers. Also any special tools that your bike needs.
- Food - bring packed lunch and plenty of small snacks such as chocolate bars and energy foods.
- Plenty of water (minimum 2lts)
- Eye protection - impact from a bee, grit or even a fly at speed is extremely unpleasant, sunglasses may do if not made of glass and not too shaded.
- Clothing: choose suitable clothes and footwear for the weather forecast and time of year. You will be exercising so lightweight layered clothing is best. Shorts are best even in rain, as they allow free movement of your legs. Jeans are useless if it rains but tracksuit bottoms need to be not too baggy or they may snag in the chain and cause an accident. You'll need trainers or similar with grippy soles for standard pedals.
- Cyclist's Helmet - Outdoorlads policy asks you to wear a helmet to events.
- Bag you will need a small day-sack (or panniers on your own bike) to carry essential clothing, water and an emergency snack.
Food & drink
Please bring a packed lunch and snacks etc. There will be no opportunities to purchase food and drink along the route. There will be a pub stop near the end.