Route The Woodheaded Snake Distance 41 miles Time 1 hour 10 mins Brief description Peak passes
Getting your timing is key on this route, which takes in two roads that make regular appearances on radio traffic bulletins. Get there at the wrong time and you’ll wonder what the hell MCN was thinking in recommending this run.
But time it right and this run takes in some great sights and is an enjoyable way of crossing the Peak District, passing Langsett Reservoir before nudging the shoreline of Woodhead Reservoir.
Soon we cut off on the B6105 as it winds south-west towards Glossop, then cut back towards Sheffield on the A57 Snake Pass. The A-road designation is a throwback to the days when this was the main route to and from Sheffield. This road is regularly closed in winter for poor weather and its twisting, turning nature suits its name perfectly – although it actually gained its tag from the Snake Inn that sat beside the road when first opened.
Both the Snake and Woodhead Passes remain popular despite the traffic, but it’s well worth waiting for a quiet, sunny day to get the best out of a trip around them.