Peak District Pioneer Adventure Cross

Peak District Pioneer Adventure Cross

Sunday 20th May 2018 - Bakewell Showground, Derbyshire, DE45 1AQ

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.

Peak Progress

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.

Make it a Weekender

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.


This Event Includes:

  • Facilities and parking
  • Mechanical support
  • Medical support
  • Full route marking
  • Rider public liability insurance
  • Feed Stops
  • Energy food and drink
  • Electronic chip timing
  • Web results service
  • Online certificates
  • Finisher gift
  • Finisher medal
  • On site catering
  • Pick-up wagons
  • Photos by SportivePhoto
  • Retail Opportunities

Route Information

Route: Massif

Distance: 71 Miles   


Difficulty: 6/10
Route: Mini Massif

Distance: 47 Miles   


Difficulty: 6/10

Key Information

Operationally run with our partners and friends at Rather Be Cycling

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.

Timings for your ride

Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride and make them available via

Event photography by SportivePhoto

SportivePhoto will be taking pictures of all riders at this event. Please visit once you have taken part in the event to view your photos!

Terms and Conditions

By purchasing an event entry you agree to the UK Cycling Events terms and conditions.

Terms and Conditions can be read here.

Route distances and elevations are approximate and subject to change. Changes can be due to road closures or for safety reasons. Any changes will be kept to a minimum where possible.