The mixed landscape of Peak District National Park is one of the UK’s most popular playgrounds for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities. The miles of single-track paths that traverse this rolling green space in the middle of the English countryside cover everything from precipitous drops to endurance rides overexposed moorlands.
In the north, there’s the Dark Peak, with its rugged gritstone edges, which are popular with walkers and climbers. Further south, around Dovedale, the White Peak is made up of gentler grasslands, limestone valleys, and rivers. Across the entire 555 square miles of the park, though, you’ll find a variety of trails to suit all biking skill levels and temperaments. Whether you want a gentle ride through the countryside or hair-raising technical descents, here are three great rides in the peak district.