White Peak Leisure

White Peak Leisure

An approachable cycling route on traffic-free trails, byways and quiet lanes through Derbyshire and the White Peak, beginning and ending in Ashbourne.

3 to 4 nights
69 miles
Easy to Moderate

From £380 per person

Discover the available tours

About this route

From Ashbourne, follow the Tissington Trail out onto the best of the White Peak Loop on this relaxed cycling route. Our White Peak Leisure cycling holidays span 2–3 days, ideal for a long weekend.

The countryside here is all lush greenery and stone-built villages, with hints at the industrial revolution that took place here in Arkwright’s Mills. You’ll explore the area along largely flat pathways shared only with walkers and horses, rolling through historic railway tunnels and along the riverside on the Monsal Trail leg of the route.

Dip into the historic spa town of Buxton, sample a proper Bakewell pudding in Bakewell itself and follow the shoreline of the gleaming Carsington Reservoir. There’s plenty of time to visit the sights and soak in the scenery on the White Peak Leisure Cycling Route.

© Contours Walking Holidays White Peak Leisure map
69 miles (110 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Riding through the old tunnels of dismantled railways, starting with the 600-metre long Ashbourne Tunnel.

Exploring on well-maintained cycle paths, perfect for relaxed riding.

Delving into the green landscapes of the Derbyshire Dales and White Peak between characterful settlements such as Buxton, Bakewell and Matlock.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
C-WP-L1 A circular trail beginning at Ashbourne 3 nights, 2 days riding Moderate£380
C-WP-L2 A circular trail beginning at Ashbourne 4 nights, 3 days riding Easy£485

White Peak Leisure 3 nights, 2 days riding

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

Travel to Ashbourne where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Ashbourne to Bakewell. 38 miles (61km) / 2162 ft (659 m) ascent

Day 2

Bakewell to Ashbourne. 31 miles (49.5km) / 1854 ft (565 m) ascent


Depart from Ashbourne 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
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 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

Book an extra night into your holiday and see the sights, explore the local trails or take the time to rest and relax in picturesque surroundings.

Wondering where to book that extra night?

The attractive market town of Bakewell, famous for its delicious Bakewell Pudding, is a popular choice. The Old House Museum was built in the reign of Henry VIII and includes many items of interest. Haddon Hall, one of the finest medieval manor houses in England is just two miles south of the town and is well worth a visit. It is worth considering spending a day exploring the house and grounds of Chatsworth House, some four miles away.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 69 miles (110 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days riding
Minimum daily distance: 31 miles (49.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 38 miles (61 km)
Code: C-WP-L1 Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Ashbourne
End of holiday: Ashbourne

Elevation & Terrain

Route profile

White Peak Leisure Route Profile

As a largely flat, easy route, the White Peak Leisure trail involves some gentle rises and falls with only the steeper climb from High Peak Junction to Middleton Top likely to be testing. It's the ideal choice for beginners or as a relaxed family holiday.


  • Traffic-free cyclepath
  • Town roads to your accommodation

The White Peak Leisure route is almost entirely traffic-free, detouring onto roads almost exclusively at the start and end of each day when departing and arriving at your overnight accommodation.

The route follows several old railway lines that have since been transformed into leisure routes. Expect to ride predominately along hard-packed, unsealed trails, with some tarmac and very little loose trail dressing. A well-maintained hardtail mountain bike would feel most at home on this route, although any touring or gravel bike would equally suit the 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 below:

By Air – The most convenient major cities and international airports are East Midlands, Manchester, and Leeds Bradford.

By Rail – There is no train station at Ashbourne. The nearest main line station is at Derby (about 14 miles away). If you wish to travel by train to this tour, please contact us and we can amend your itinerary to meet your needs.

From London – Trains run from London St Pancras International station to Derby (the closest major station to this tour, about 14 miles away).

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

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.