WMB 123 White Peak Intermediate (Red) Ride
Start/Finish Miller’s Dale Station/car park, OS grid ref SK 138 732
Total distance 23.5km (14.6 miles)
Total ascent 863m (2827ft)
Time 2.5 hours +
Maps Landranger 1:50k: Buxton & Matlock 119. Or Garmin GB Discoverer 1:25k Peak District National Park (GPS).
Summary Steep climbs with technical sections, fast farm tracks, grassy and rocky descents.
From the station, turn right and descend to the B6049 beneath the rail trail, turn left towards Tideswell, then left again after 500m onto a steep Tarmac climb. Bear sharp left onto Limestone Way and continue to climb steeply, bearing left through a farm and along the hill to Monk’s Dale.
After a short up and down road section join the Pennine Bridleway, climbing to Wormhill and past Tunstead quarry, joining road and passing behind farm on PBW, before descending to Chee Dale on grassy path to the river. From Blackwell Mill stay with PBW, crossing small bridge over rail trail behind the hire centre/tuck shop and pass through a gate to climb steeply to the A6.
Turn left onto the A6 for 1km, then follow minor roads through Blackwell to Priestcliffe Ditch. Bear left on Limestone Way at the top of the hill, joining rough track (Long Lane) and descending to the next junction (not to the road).
Turn right onto climbing track. Stay with this until Priestcliffe, where you take the left signed Brushfield to traverse walled gravel tracks across hill to the next village. In Brushfield, bear left to Monsal Dale. Track becomes rougher as you drop into the valley; where it bends sharp left just after entering the trees there is an easier bridleway. If you take this, bear left onto Monsal Trail at the end; otherwise stick with the main track, pass through a gate and descend the longer, rougher route to the rail trail.
Don’t cross beneath the rail bed but turn left onto it to return to Miller’s Dale via the Cressbrook and Litton tunnels.by Matt_Skinner