Long Hill


Exploring Buxton and beyond on an E-Bike

Discover Buxton and the surrounding countryside on 2 wheels - a suggested half day (16 Miles) and full day (33 miles) routes - e-bikes can be hired in town


Buxton is easily accessible by train – just an hour from the centre of Manchester – and a short walk from the station you can hire an e-bike from Peak Ascent Cycles. Bikes can be hired for half days or full days.

It’s good to remember that pedal-assist e-bikes provide assistance to your own pedalling efforts, unlike electric scooters or motorcycles. You need to be relatively fit and a confident cyclist and much of the cycling in and around Buxton is road cycling, so you need to be aware of traffic and other road users.

Peak Ascent Cycles offer an e-bike hire service, which caters for parties of up to four on hybrid e-bikes. At just £55 per day per bike (£40 for half a day) it’s a fun and environmentally friendly way to explore. To find out more or to book your bike call on 01298 299011 or send an e-mail to patrick@peakascentcycles.co.uk to book in advance.

This project was made possible through funding from the Integrated Sustainable Transport Fund, administered by Community Rail Network on behalf of the Department for Transport.

Trail directions

Step 1

One of the first stops should be the iconic Buxton Crescent Hotel, it provides the perfect backdrop for a quick photo op. Marvel at its grandeur and you can learn more about its history at the Buxton Crescent Experience.

Step 2

Another masterpiece not to be missed is the exquisite Grade II listed Edwardian Buxton Opera House.

Travel along St John’s Road towards The Park, after which you will pass Vera Brittain’s house - once the childhood home of the renowned writer and pacifist Vera Brittain, this charming Victorian house exudes an air of timeless elegance and literary significance.

Step 3

Now head up Long Hill a long steep road which forms the main route into the Goyt Valley - carved by the meandering River Goyt, this picturesque valley provides the perfect backdrop for cycling, and wildlife spotting. On route you’ll pass Jenkin Chapel a quaint and historic landmark, dating back to the 17th century.

Step 4

Cycle past the pretty Lamaload Reservoir towards Macclesfield Forest, a sharp right turn will then take you past The Cat & Fiddle.

Be careful, the road back down into Buxton can get quite busy with traffic.

Step 5

From the Cat & Fiddle, pedal your way towards Poole's Cavern, a natural limestone cave nestled within the lush greenery of Grin Low Country Park.

From Pooles Cavern it’s a short ride back to Peak Ascent and the centre of Buxton. This half day route is approximately 16 miles (or a leisurely full day) – the half day gpx file can be downloaded here.

Step 6

If you’re out for a full day of cycling you can explore more of Buxton's surrounding countryside.

Follow the half-day route above, except once you have passed Jenkin Chapel, cross over the A54 towards Derbyshire Bridge and drop down towards Chrome Hill, a distinctive limestone reef knoll with its dramatic, steep slopes and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Another great spot for a selfie and a rest.

Step 7

Stop for some lunch at the Market Place in Longnor. There’s plenty of options but a favourite is The Old Cheshire Cheese, a charming pub with a cosy atmosphere and traditional pub fare.

Step 8

After lunch, head for Crowdecote bank, cross the A515 onto Tagg Lane, into Monyash. Stop off at Tagg Lane Diary for one of the best icecreams in Derbyshire.

Return to Buxton via Harpur Hill, calling at Poole’s Cavern on the way back if you have time. The full day route is approximately 33 miles.

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