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