|Into the Limestone area of the Peak District, to Monsall Head and Monyash|
This Perm can be ridden on any convenient date (except 16/08/2017, click here for details of Calendar version)
|Total Distance:||104km |
|Climbing:||AAA points: 2¼ Total ascent: 2310m Max elevation: 428m|
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|Start/finish:||Marple (SJ 959 886, between Stockport and Glossop on A626/B6101).|
Alternative starts (if you can get a timed receipt, carpark ticket or bank ATM slip to authenticate your start and finish times): Ashford/BakewellMonyash Youlgreave
|Controls:|| 41km: Ashford - shop|
55km: Biggin - INFO
65km: Monyash - cafe
91km: Buxworth - INFO
104km: Marple - pub, shop, ATM
|Some Useful Cafes:|| 38km: Monsall Head, Hobbs Cafe|
67km: Monyash, Old Smithy Cafe
106km: Marple, Co-op
|Timings:||3 hours 28 mins (30 kph) - 10 hours 24 mins (10 kph )|
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|Entry Fee:||£3.50 for members of AUK or CTC |
£5.50 for nonmembers
(includes Postage and Packing - send no SAEs!)
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A pleasant trip into the White Peak, so named because of the predominance of limestone features. There are some steep climbs but nothing that goes on for too long, although the climb out of Wash is a stiff challenge, and the Long Rake does seem to go on a bit as the name might suggest.
White Peak Grimpeur climbing (photo: Francis Cook)
You will see some of the best bits of the Peak District - Monsall Head, Ashford in the Water, Tideswell, Lathkill Dale, Long Dale - and although popular hot-spots, you should find the roads are not too busy.
There are excellent cafes at Monsall Head and at Monyash, both of which welcome cyclists and can set you up for the rest of the ride.
You will need to apply some caution on the descent through Cressbrook, as the temptation is to 'let it go' without respecting the hairpin bend half way down.
Pick a good day, as it can be a bit wild on the tops, and some of those descents can be slippy when wet.