Dambusters CX/MTB Ride

Sunday, 27th September 2020 at 8:30am - 3pm

Location: Hathersage village but exact location to be confirmed

This event is in the past.

The name of this route gets it’s inspiration from the daring raid that happened by the RAF in 1943 to breach some German dams. The 617 squadron practised their flying skills on the Derwent Dam in the Peak District.

The route starts in Hathersage and heads up the south side of the Hope Valley and over Shatton Moor. From there it drops into Bradwell and onto Hope and up the Edale Valley. From here it heads up Hope Brink and up to an old Roman Road at Hope Cross, past the ruins of Elmin Pits Farm
Then it’s on and over the Snake Pass and up past Rowlee Farm. Then it’s across some high pastures and down into the Derwent Valley

The route heads under the Derwent Dam wall and down the east side of the Ladybower Reservoir to the Ladybower Inn. Then it’s down the main road for a short while (there is a cycle path on the reservoir side of the road), over the dam wall and past the famous plugholes that drain the reservoir when it’s full.

You then head off down the Thornhill Trail which is the former trackbed for the railway built to carry the stone during the construction of the reservoirs. At the bottom of the track turn left past a Quaker commune and into the bottom of Bamford village. Then it’s a climb up Satergate and Hurstclough Lanes back to Hathersage.

this route is 30 miles with over 3000ft of climbing so it's one of those routes which is on the harder end of the gravel bike spectrum

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34029760
 

Route courtesy of Paul Gregory (velotastic)

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