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This three day tour Cycling in the Peak District has been designed specially with families in mind. With mile upon mile of quiet country lanes and bridleways, and not to mention some of Britain’s most spectacular countryside, the Peak District is a magical place to explore.
The Peak District is the second most-visited National Park in the world (Japan’s Mount Fuji National Park is the first), and with good reason. With rolling, rounded hills, densely wooded valleys and patchwork farmlands, this is a quintessentially British landscape. Yet look closer and you’ll discover the true diversity of the Peaks; gritstone escarpments, heather moorland, blanket peat bogs and lead rakes are just some of the unusual habitats to be found. The Peak District also has a rich cultural heritage. There are abundant Stone and Iron Ages sites, as well as roads and monuments left by the Romans, who are known to have made use of the now famous spring at Buxton. More recent additions to the landscape include towering railway viaducts from the nineteenth century and the majestic Chatsworth, voted Britain’s favourite country house.
This three-day self-guided cycling tour cycling in the Peak District covers some of the area's most spectacular countryside. Starting from Hartington, where you’ll stay at either a family-run B&B or the magnificent Hartington Hall (once visited by Bonnie Prince Charlie!), you’ll take in a whole range of sites, from the mighty gorge at Long Dale and the quaintly-named hamlet of Parsley Hay to the ancient village of Winster and the imposing hall at Tissington. You’ll also cycle past Carsington Water, a watersports Mecca, and there’s the option to visit Arbor Low, the Peak District’s answer to Stonehenge. Each day ends at a B&B or inn (carefully chosen for comfort, good food and family-friendliness), where your luggage will be waiting for you. The routes used for this itinerary have been selected with families in mind, so much of the cycling is on traffic-free bridleways and the daily mileage is intentionally low.
Fun for all the family (and as wholesome as brown bread!), this tour can be enjoyed by both young and old. The cycling is easy-going – average distance is about 15 miles per day on bridleways and quiet country lanes – so a basic level of fitness and a little cycling experience will suffice, and you don’t have to worry about bringing your own bikes – they’re included with the tour. The trip is self-guided (you’ll be given a detailed map with route notes) so you can explore the countryside under your own steam, leaving plenty of time for photography, wildlife-spotting, tree-climbing and other interests. And out of the saddle you can be assured of fine food and a healthy dose of comfort at the hand-picked B&Bs and inns en route.
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