White Peak

White Peak

Ride the best off-road trails of the White Peak on this circular self-guided mountain bike holiday, covering 84 miles from Bakewell.

3 to 4 nights
53-76 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding

From £390 per person

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About the trail

Riddled with byways and bridleways, the White Peak is a brilliant place to explore off-road. On the White Peak mountain biking route, you’ll cover a satisfying mix of dirt, grass and grit, with pacey descents and long trails beckoning you out across remote moors. Dip into the built trails at Lady Canning’s Plantation and take on root-riddled trails around Eyam, with plenty of places to stop and bask in the views and the sunlight in spots no vehicle could reach. Charting a looping path out of Bakewell, this is the ideal holiday for anyone eager to explore beyond tarmac roads.

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  • White Peak
  • White Peak Short Break

About this route

4 nights
76 miles
19th March to 31st October

From £510 per person

White Peak

Experience superb singletrack and plummeting descents along the famous limestone trails of the Peak District’s White Peak with a cycling holiday along the White Peak mountain biking trail.

This self-guided mountain biking holiday loops out from Hathersage, charging between famous limestone edges and great Peak District villages, complete with great pubs. Clambering onto Shatton Moor, it takes in the dramatic and technical descents from Bradwell Edge and uses the Monsal Trail to sweep into Bakewell. Switchback descents and an easy cyclepath along the steam railway line lead the way to excellent singletrack through Manners Wood. Chatsworth House glitters ahead along a thin ribbon of bridleway down through wide open fields.

Past Longstone Moor and a plummet into Calver, the White Peak mountain biking holiday visits the spectacular edges of Baslow, Curbar and Froggatt. It makes sure to hit all the great trails around Totley, Blacka and Burbage moors, before approaching the purpose-built mountain biking trails of Lady Canning’s Plantation — an absolute blast for anyone still full of energy. The final descent leads back to Hathersage and the completion of this scenic, satisfying loop.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
C-WP-MB1 A circular trail beginning at Hathersage 4 nights, 3 days riding Demanding £510

Short breaks

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
C-WP-MBSB A circular trail beginning at Hathersage 3 nights, 2 days riding Moderate / Demanding £390

White Peak MTB 4 nights, 3 days riding

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Elevation & terrain
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Travel to Hathersage where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Hathersage to Buxton. 28.5 miles (45.5km) / 3707 ft (1130 m) ascent

Day 2

Buxton to Bakewell. 30 miles (48km) / 3576 ft (1090 m) ascent

Day 3

Bakewell to Hathersage. 30 miles (48km) / 3199 ft (975 m) ascent


Depart from Hathersage after breakfast

Your Itinerary

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than 2.5 miles from the trail to your accommodation.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

Solo Traveller Supplement
£65.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
© Contours Walking Holidays White Peak map
76 miles (122 km)
19th March to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Enjoying the fast trails of the White Peak, with big views across the hills and some terrific downhills.

Crossing through the remoteness of the moors and traversing the spectacular Baslow, Curbar and Froggatt Edges.

Dropping into an optional circuit of Lady Canning’s Plantation, where you’ll find well-built, fast-paced mountain biking trails.

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 76 miles (122 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days riding
Minimum daily distance: 28.5 miles (45.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 30 miles (48 km)
Code: C-WP-MB1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 19th March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Hathersage
End of holiday: Hathersage

Elevation & Terrain

Route profile

White Peak MTB Route Profile


  • Grit and dirt tracks.
  • Grassy bridleway.
  • Quiet lanes.

The White Peak MTB is primarily off-road, with limited interaction with traffic and few stretches of tarmac. The terrain is largely hard-packed, grit or mildly rutted, with a few more technical sections over bared rock and tangles of roots. Any well-maintained hardtail or full-suspension mountain bike will be suitable for this route.

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given
By Air – The most convenient major cities and international airports are East Midlands, Manchester, and Leeds Bradford.

By Rail – There is a rail station at Hathersage.

From London – Trains run from London St Pancras International station to Hathersage.

Return to the Start – This is a circular route starting and ending in Hathersage.

Please note:

Most train lines will allow for bikes to be taken on board. We advise that you check on https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/cyclists.aspx as you may need to book a space for your bike or there may be a limit as to how many bikes the train can store.

Most buses in the UK are unable to store bikes on board, so we would recommend avoiding this form of transport.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.