The Peak District offers the very best cycling routes for both families and experienced mountain bikers.

There is no need to take your own bikes when visiting Derbyshire. The county has many hire centres which offer a wide variety of bikes including baby seats, child buggies, mountain bikes, trailerbikes and tandems!

Nine specially designed journeys have been mapped out by the tourist board which range from a modest seven miles right up to a more strenuous 28 miles! These routes take you around peaceful reservoirs, along unused railway tracks and through traditional estate villages. All these fantastic routes can be downloaded before you leave for your cottage holiday from the `Visit Peak District' website.

Another huge draw for keen cyclists is the Peak District Electric Bicycle Network. This unique system offers you a brand new way of discovering the beautiful Peak District countryside. Simply hire an electric bike from one of the special centres and off you go!Make sureyoudownload 'Hire and Charge Points' before you set offso you can plan routes which won't mean you end up with a flat battery!

Those keen to get stuck into some serious mountain biking have three long distance routes to explore. Trans Pennine Trail, Pennine Cycleway and Cheshire Cycleway all run through the county.

Check out more biking routes and hire centres below or click on `Browse our cottages suitable for mountain biking and cycling' for all our cottages within close proximity to cycleways and hire centres.

Win Hill Circuit

Discover the beauty of the Hope and Derwent valleys on this day long trail starting at Hope in the heart of the Peak District.

Cycling on the Tissington Trail

The Tissington Trail is a traffic-free trail which runs from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay, for 13 miles along the former Ashbourne to Buxton railway line.

Blackwell Mill Cycle Hire

Cycle the magnificent Monsal Trail traffic-free cycle route on one of Blackwell Mill Cycle Hire bikes!

Brown End Farm Cycle Hire

Friendly, family run cycle hire. Direct access to the fabulous manifold Track. No main roads, easy cycling on the flat, traffic free route. Mountain bikes, tandem, children's bikes, buggies and trailer bikes. Tel: 01538 308313

The Trans Pennine Trail

The Trans Pennine Trail is effectively a coast to coast trail between Southport and Hornsea, a total of over 200 miles.

Dolomite Training

Dolomite Training are an outdoor adventurous activities provider based in Bakewell. They work throughout the Peak District and Yorkshire.

The Pennine Cycleway

Starting either in Berwick in the north or Derby in the south the Pennine Cycleway follows along the spine of England though the Peak District.

Cycling on the Monsal Trail

The Monsal Trail is a traffic free route following the former Midland Railway from Blackwell Mill Cottages to Coombs Viaduct

Cycling on The Sett Valley Trail
Cycling on The Sett Valley Trail

The Sett Valley Trail is a cycle trail which follows the line of the former railway between Hayfield and New Mills. This branch line closed in the early 1970s and the line was purchased by Derbyshire County Council, who converted it into a cycling and walking route.

Peak National Park Cycle Hire

A great day out for all the family with a huge range of cycles to suit all sizes, ages and abilities and access to miles of traffic free trails. Three centres in Ashbourne, Derwent and Parsley Hay. Visit the website for more information

Peak Mountain Biking

Based in the beautiful Derwent Valley area of the Peak District providing skills courses and guided rides for off road mountain bikers. Tel: 07413 005167

Peak Tours

Peak Tours offers a range of fantastic cycling and walking tours in the Peak District. They also offer a cycle hire and delivery service to anywhere in the Peak District. Tel: 01457 851462

Middleton Top Cycle Hire
Middleton Top Cycle Hire

Cycle hire centre on the High Peak Trail near Wirksworth. Miles of traffic free trail to explore on, a wide range of bikes to suit all sizes and abilities. Open all year round.