The Peak District Pioneer Adventure Cross is a classic British ride exploring the bridleways and cycle trails of the undulating White Peak area of Derbyshire. Mellow rolling countryside and picture-postcard views, combined with easy trails make for a fun relaxed early summers ride.
Bakewell is an ever-popular tourist town and is a gateway to some picturesque riding among the rolling limestone hills that give the White Peak its name.
Both the Massif and Mini-Massif routes leave Bakewell on the Monsal Trail and loop around High Rake and Longstone Moor before rejoining the Monsal trail. Then the route passes through dramatic (and well-lit) old railway tunnels before joining the Pennine Bridleway at Parsley Hay.
The route follows limestone tracks around the back of the stunning village of Hartington- true Peak District gem. In Hartington the Massif leaves the Mini route and completes a loop out to achingly pretty Tissington on a cocktail of lanes, paved and unpaved bridleways and moor roads. The routes reunite to take in a stunning limestone road to Gotham. Not Gotham City, more Gotham Hamlet- no sightings of Batman yet.
The route to Gotham promises to be a lot of fun on both MTB and cross-bikes, and a mix of limestone roads and old railway trails complete the return to Bakewell.
The Peak District Pioneer may get its name from the distances. At 109km and 75km respectively, they're the longest in the series, but the terrain is slightly less technical and with less ascent than some of the other Adventure Cross events.
The White Peak's gently rolling limestone plateau is dissected by a network of limestone dales, in some places the dales are steep-sided and contrast sharply with the plateau above, whole in others the plateau grades more gently into shallow dales. This contrast makes for a good variety of climbing styles.
Although the route doesn’t reach the altitudes of Lakeland Monster Miles or the steepness of the seemingly vertical valley sides of South Wales, there are plenty of short punchy climbs as well as more gradual slopes to keep the legs entertained.
Whilst not as technical as some other round, or as physically tough, on a summers day this quintessentially English scenery and rolling countryside promises a great day out on a bike. With the start and finish area at the Bakewell Showground on the edge of this bustling yet beautiful town, you will be able to relax and indulge in its famous sticky jam pudding- what better way to replace calories expended? Bakewell has plenty of hostelries to hole up in after a ride and with its abundance of gentle cycling trails for the rest of the family to enjoy, the Peak District Pioneer would make a great family weekend away.
PLEASE NOTE: Adventure Cross events are not open to riders under the age of 16 years. Riders aged 16 to 18 years are permitted to ride the short route (Mini Massif) but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Terms and Conditions apply.