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Sheffrec rode to Goyt Valley on Saturday.

Blog Posted on 03 Oct 2011

The wonderful early autumn weather tempted us to make the trip to scenic Goyt Valley.  Leaving Sheffield along Loxley Road, we skirted Damflask reservoir, passed through Lower Bradfield and up the short hill onto Annet Lane. A left turn took us over Dale Dyke and onto the long climb up to Sugworth Road, with good views across the tree and heather covered valley with the reservoirs at its base, then a left to the Strines Road and onto the A57. 
Down the hill to Ladybower Reservoir, left over Ashopton Bridge and beside the water, then a plunge down to the right, over Yorkshire Bridge and beside the quiet River Derwent to Thornhill.  Here we chose the narrow, but empty, Thornhill Lane to Aston, along the north side of Hope Valley.  At Aston, we descended Parsons Lane to the busy main road, but a quick left and right took us to the more tranquil Bradwell road, through Bradwell village and up Bradwell Dale. At the top of the hill, we turned right, climbing again, to Coplow Dale.  Right at the T junction brought some relief with a more gentle ascent, before turning left and upwards again.   Left at the unsigned turning took us up tp the largely abandoned quarry workings and onto the old Roman road of Batham Gate.  Then a swift descent to the busy Chesterfield/Manchester Road (A623).  Fortunately we were only on this for a short distance, plunging down into Peak Forest village, then right into the delightful Perry Dale.  At Perryfoot we turned left to Sparrowpit, turning right at the Wanted Inn, up one last climb, then the welcome plunge down to Chapel-en-le-Frith.  We refreshed ourselves at a nearby cafe before continuing through the town, across the traffic lights and up hill once again, towards Kettleshulme and into Cheshire.
At the top of the hill, we followed the "Goyt Valley" sign to the left and continued climbing up to Pym's Chair (Pym was either a preacher or a highwayman, depending on whose version of history you want to believe).  The views from here were stunning.  To our right we could see the Jodrell Bank dish and to the north of this, Manchester.  To our left, the panorama of the central peaks, with Black Edge, Combs Moss and Kinder all visible. Then it was a plunge down to the Goyt reservoirs.  We followed the road beside Errwood Reservoir as it climbed slowly out of the beautiful heather covered valley beside the river Goyt, which gradually became narrower as it reached the top.  After Derbyshire Bridge we turned left and climbed to the A537, which we crossed.  A left and right at the A54 took us over the top of Axe Edge Moor and down to the Axe Edge road (A53).  Across this and mainly down to pass beside the incongruous Buxton Raceway and on to Earl Sterndale.  Now following national cycle Network Route 68, up the gentle climb to High Needham, left to the crossroads with A515 and across to Monyash.  Here was a welcome chance to secure further refreshments at the Old Smithy cafe, before continuing along Chapel Street, then right onto Horse Lane.  Right at the top, then first left down the increasingly steep hill into Kirkdale and the junction with the A6.
Right, then first left took us past Ashford in the Water and Thornbridge Hall (where a wedding was in progress featuring Cinderella's glass coach).  Then at the roundabout it was left through Hassop and on to Calver, across the traffic lights and right to the Froggatt Edge Road.  A steady 3 mile climb, resisting the charms of the Chequers and Grouse pubs, took us to the top, where we followed the signs to "Sheffield" to return to the city and our various destinations.
Overall distance was around 80 miles, and there was a fair amount of climbing involved.  But we experienced some of the best vistas roads in the peaks have to offer, rode on very quiet roads for almost the entire trip (and on a sunny Saturday too) and had some good food to help us round.

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