GREAT RIDES

Route Peak perfection Dis­tance 54 miles Time 90 mins De­scrip­tion Soak up the scenery of the Peaks

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

The Peak District may once have been the home patch for high­speed heroes (you can tell by the fre­quency of the ‘Ar­rive Alive’ signs) but that’s all changed.

Mod­ern at­ti­tudes to­wards speed have stopped all that, and large sec­tions of this route have even had the limit cut to 50mph, but the glo­ri­ous sur­round­ings mean a more re­laxed ride can be a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence than a mad dash from A to B.

Leav­ing Ash­bourne on the A515 north it’s a me­an­der through lush green lands with stone walls and trees for com­pany at the road­side as we roll up and down to­wards Bux­ton.

From here, head­ing west would take us out into the old epi­cen­tre of 1990s speed­ing sports­bike cul­ture and the Cat and Fid­dle run. But in­stead we’re drift­ing east onto the A6 to­wards Mat­lock Bath. Sun­day morn­ings are bike time in Mat­lock and the gath­er­ing has be­come an at­trac­tion in its own right. It also means an un­usu­ally warm wel­come for us at other times too.

Af­ter de­part­ing Mat­lock, head­ing west again on the B5305 leads us back to the start­ing point at Ash­bourne.

CLOCK­WISE FROM ASH­BOURNE A515 – Bux­ton A6 – Mat­lock Bath B5036 – Crom­ford B5035 – Ash­bourne

Re­duced speed lim­its are a great op­por­tu­nity to take in the views

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