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Derby > Holmfirth

wx200wx200 Posts: 7
edited April 2008 in Tour & expedition
I'm planning to ride Derby to Holmfirth along the sustrans route, 68 I think via Buxton. Does anyone know if the traffic free sections of this route are manageable on a road bike?

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  • feelfeel Posts: 800
    sorry not an answer to your question.
    Route 48 goes close to me and i was fancying doing a trip and following it. Is there anywhere you can check exactly where these routes go?
    cheers.
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    See, they return, and bring us with them.
  • I completed this in early April 06 on an audax bike with 28mm tyres. No massive problems other than driving rain.

    The sections were as follows:

    Derby to Buxton was mainly on old railway line cycle tracks, the section out of Ashbourne was brilliant with simply stunning scenery, especially the northern part.

    Buxton to Hadfield was minor roads, with a section just past Buxton that initially looks awful (rough track beyond a gate) but all you had to do was push your bike a hundred yards or so and the tarmac appeared for what was a stunning old roman road with wonderful scenery. The section besides the reservoirs past Hadfield was on one of those rolled-down gravel old railway line tracks that would be perfectly OK in dry weather, but it wasn't! Plenty of grit sprayed everywhere but perfectly easy to cycle.
    Then you get to the worst bit! The old railway line cycle route ends at a closed-off tunnel and you have to push your bike up through paths to get to the main road to ride past Winscar reservoir. It was by this time absolutely pouring down but it was still possible to ride alone narrow paths through the heather. This path section so you avoid a very, very busy main road. The traffic on the road comprised of many lorries and would have, in my opinion, been very dangerous to ride on. I deviated from the route at the reservoir, rejoining the route on the moors above Holmfirth. All in all it is a wonderful route which would, for me, been a lot better if the weather had been better.

    I completed this section in two days (not leaving Derby until 1345) with an overnight stay at Hartington YHA. Hope this is of help to you.
  • wx200wx200 Posts: 7
    Cider Martin,
    that's just the info I wanted thanks. Any reason why you deviated from the route at the reservoir?

    feel,
    on the sustrans website you can serach by location
    http://www.sustrans.org.uk/

    Wx
  • I deviated at the reservoir because I had accommodation arranged near Penistone. This turned out to be not as I expected so I rode the minor roads to rejoin the route. The route I took from the reservoirs was a very wide but muddy railway path cycle route. Would be OK in the dry but it was not!
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