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1. (0 miles)  SK221764  Leave Eyam on the B6521 towards Grindleford.  This road has a habit of falling down the hill so parts may be closed!  There is an alternative: up past the Riley graves then down a track  through a small wood. This brings you back out on the B6521 opposite  the corner where the descent to Stoney Middleton starts.

2. (0.9 miles)  SK234759  The first good descent of the ride! Drop  down the rocky trail to Stoney Middleton (Note:  this descent has been re-surfaced and ruined. It remains to be seen  whether it will get back to it's previous rocky state). When you  hit tarmac you will swing round to the right and come to a T-junction.  Turn left and meet the A623 after a few yards. Turn left onto the main  road and follow it out of the village. After about half a mile turn  right into Coombs Dale signposted "Private Road". A long gradual  climb, mostly on limestone, leads to the junction of several tracks.

3. (3.8 miles)  SK206741  Go through a gate on your left and straight  up to another gate which enters a grassy field. Follow the edge of the  field to another gate. Through this is a singletrack bridleway climb.  Ascend this to another gate then follow the edge of another field to  the gate out onto a gravel quarry road. Turn left. Climb up the gravel  road then descend to a dip. On the right between dry stone walls lies  the start of a brilliant descent.

4. (5.1 miles)  SK214734  An excellent fast, rocky descent leads to  a T-junction. Turn right and the track soon becomes tarmac. This goes  through Rowland to another T-junction. Turn left and go down to Hassop.  Turn right at the junction in Hassop then as you pass a farm on the  left turn left up a short ramp to a gate. Go through the gate to follow  a track through more gates to a descent to a ford. Go through the ford  or risk the slippery footbridge! Ascend a short climb then follow doubletrack  down through more gates to the A619. Turn right onto the main road then  almost immediately left onto another track. The next section can be  very wet and muddy but becomes drier as you start to climb. Follow this  track to Pilsley where it joins tarmac. Turn left and go into the village.  Two right turns will bring you onto the B6048.

5. (8.9 miles)  SK238706  Take the first left. Climb up past a wood  and ignore a left turn (this descent to Edensor is another good one  if you wish to extend the route). Just over the crest of the hill take  the bridleway on your left. This descends through the golf course and  is a fun technical challenge. At the bottom turn right and join the  Monsal trail at Bakewell station. You can relax for a while now as you  cruise along this old railway line. You should keep an eye out for the  bridge over the A6020. You exit the trail at the next bridge after.

6. (12.4 miles)  SK205709  Come off the Monsal trail on the right and  drop to the road. Turn right onto the road (Longreave Lane). Follow  the road to a T-junction and turn right. Take the first left (this is  the turn you came out of in section 4) back through Rowland. Retrace  your steps back to the bottom of the billiant descent in section 4 but  do not go up this. Instead carry straight on on the rocky track. Turn  right when you meet another track. This track climbs up and then loops  left giving some excellent views to the right. Stay on it until it descends  to a dip with a gate on the right and small wood on the left.

7. (15.2 miles)  SK217736 Go through the gate across the quarry track to another  gate. This next section is very rutted due to it's popularity with motocrossers.  Go over the rise and then descend quickly on a wide rutted trail back  to point 3. Go through the gate at the bottom and turn right down to  the gate you went through in the other direction earlier. Go straight  on and ascend Black Harry Lane. This arrives at a junction with another  lane. Go straight over to descend through the quarry. Be careful of  quarry vehicles as you cross the quarry tracks! A final steep drop brings  you out on the A623 opposite the Eyam turning. All that remains is the  road climb back up to Eyam.


Possible extensions: The most obvious is to take the Edensor descent mentioned above. This brings you out in Chatsworth Park. The bridleway through New Piece Wood and Manners Wood (which includes another excellent descent) can then be followed to join the Monsal trail further south.