Harder Day in the Peaks 2020 edition

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  • Abney Moor

    I came that way before Christmas. It's passable but requires some 'scrambling'.

  • I had something like this in mind, with in a bit of a wiggle at the start to go up through Langley and then Jenkins Chapel/The Street/Axe Edge/back route to Earl Sterndale.

    I'd offer up the broken road out of Hope for a bit of fun (the foolhardy can dodge cars and sheep up Winnats), but you can't really go wrong with Mam Tor.

    There's a nice detour off Sheffield Road that I'll need to dig out, I can't remember where it pops out but I think I might be able to take it out towards Bollington and get Blaze Hill in somehow...

    Possibly both a little harsh fixed?

  • This looks like a pretty perfect amalgamation of the best bits of last years ride with some new bits for those who'll be coming up for the second time. Hope is perfectly positioned for a pub lunch stop where @youramericanlover can shoot off to do a climb of Winnats and decent of the broken road whilst food is cooked...

    Sorry to hear about the weirdos.

  • Jenkins Chapel climb is hard on 34x28. I think it touches 18%.

    There are loads of pleasant ways out through a Macc Forest but hard to avoid nasty ramps.

  • You know if I am feeling ok-ish on the day I might try this

  • I like that this one takes in the goyt valley climb, a real highlight for me, quiet, one way and picturesque

  • get Blaze Hill in somehow...

    Is it okay to suggest this and then not come and ride it?

  • Probably not. There's a slim chance I'll be in Macc that weekend/have a bike/have enough gears to drag myself round at a very leisurely pace without suffering a heart attack or similar, but at the moment it seems unlikely.

  • Closed to traffic at the moment too so completely traffic free. I walk the dogs there most days.

  • I rode the first half of the untaggable %~)'s route today. Nice steady climb out of Macclesfield to warm the legs up followed by some pretty sharp ups and downs. There's a general store and a couple of tea rooms at Longnor 25km in should anyone need to refuel. The B6049 between Tideswell and Bradwell is fast, busy and not particularly interesting so I suggest we go up through Hucklow and Abney to Hathersage where there is a good deli.

    Also note that some of the roads are quite narrow so we will have to be fairly disciplined when riding as a group.

  • Picked a nice day for it. Was the Abney road okay? That was my preference but mapmyride didn’t fancy it because of the closure.

  • I've yet to find a 'road closed' sign that I couldn't get past by bike. (Excluding flooding)

  • I didn't go that way in the end as I had an appointment to keep in Sheffield. I'll most likely be up that way again before the real thing so will check it out.

  • The Abney closure is in effect until May next year. To get by it will require climbing and lifting bikes over about 8ft of Herris fencing. When I looked at it last November there was still a thin strip of road there, but I'd not be surprised if the repair works will entail taking this down and rebuilding from scratch.

  • If you wanted to go to Hathersage, Tideswell/Gt Hucklow/Bretton (highest pub in Derbyshire)/Sir William Hill (going down that on fixed will be an experience!)/Leam would be an option.

    To do Tideswell to Bradwell missing out the B6049, you could take the minor road just to the west via Little Hucklow. Pretty sure I rode it with the local OAP/CTC group once upon a time.

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