The South Peak Saunter

Away from the traditional honeypot locations, the southern part of the Peak District is often overlooked as a location. This route explores some of the pretty villages in the area.

The ride starts at the popular Carsington water. The route steadily climbs giving good views of the reservoir and the end of the Pennine chain. From here it passes through the evocatively named hamlet of Lady Hole and then over the end of RAF Ashbourne’s disused runway. Then it’s through the estate of Osmaston Park and onto an old Roman Road at Long Lane.

The route then heads north through a selection of pretty villages before returning to Carsington.

The route is over 80% paved, however a lot of the roads that it follows are of the ‘grass up the middle’ nature, so it’s worth doing on a gravel bike or you’ll be doing a lot of cursing and carrying.

The gravel bike used was fitter with Panaracer Gravelking SK’s. Bags on the bike were a Road Runner Jammer bar bag with waterproof, first aid kit, wallet and food and a Road Runner Jammer frame bag with pump, spares, tubes and tools in.

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