After the Covid-19 lockdown, certain Perms are back from 1st August. However, you should still observe any restrictions about carrying out group activities. No cycling to Barnard Castle!
Our traditional cafes and shops might not all still be available. Please support those that are, but you should carry sufficient supplies in case they are not. Please pass any updates about controls to the Organiser.
Into the Limestone area of the Peak District, to Monsall Head and Monyash
A pleasant trip into the White Peak, so named because of the predominance of limestone features. There are some steep climbs but nothing that goes on for too long, although the climb out of Wash is a stiff challenge, and the Long Rake does seem to go on a bit as the name might suggest.
You will see some of the best bits of the Peak District - Monsall Head, Ashford in the Water, Tideswell, Lathkill Dale, Long Dale - and although popular hot-spots, you should find the roads are not too busy.
There are excellent cafes at Monsall Head and at Monyash, both of which welcome cyclists and can set you up for the rest of the ride.
You will need to apply some caution on the descent through Cressbrook, as the temptation is to 'let it go' without respecting the hairpin bend half way down.
Not all controls have 24/7 options so you should choose your start time accordingly. You could also record your progress as a GPX file and submit that for validation.
Climbing on the White Peak
Pick a good day, as it can be a bit wild on the tops, and some of those descents can be slippy when wet.