Specialized Stumpy Hardtail 2015


An anti-clockwise circuit that uses four dedicated cycle routes to form a 35K loop that starts and finishes at Carsington Water. This is a quick bike course with stunning views across the Peak District National Park.

  • Carsington 547 to High Peak Trail (54)
  • High Peak Trail (54) to 548
  • 548 to Tissington Trail (68)
  • Tissington Trail (68) to 547
  • Follow 547 back to Carsington


Heading North past the sports & leisure centre follow the 547 cycle path as it winds its way around the lake. Please note this is a public right of way and not exclusive to #supbikerun so watch out for the general public and other cyclists.


View across Carsington Water from 547 cycle route…

At the marshaled junction it’s a quick left then right to cross the road, which leads you through the picturesque village of Carsington. Here you will pick up the first ascent of the day that climbs (on road) until you reach a fast and wide marshaled junction. At this point, cross carefully and pick up the High Peak Trail (54).

On joining the High Peak Trail you have already climbed to 300m and the trail is a quick route as you blast along at a very slight incline that takes you to 330m as you join the cycle route 548.


The High Peak Trail and views from the trail…

The 548 cycle trail is a stunning route that gradually climbs through farmland to your maximum altitude of 379m… from here in folks it’s quite literally all down hill. As you reach the 17K point of this course you will approach the feed station, here you can stock up on cakes, bananas, Little Miracles and variety of treats and top up your water bottles. We positioned the feed station here as it borders a busy road junction on the Buxton Road (please take care crossing). Once across the Buxton Road you drop down a short section of road before crossing to pick up the Tissington Trail (68).


View along the 548 cycle trail between High Peak and Tissington…

The Tissington Trail drops you gradually from 325m to 233m, this means you have the luxury of zipping along covering 10km at a good pace whilst enjoying some incredible views across the Peak District. Once again, the trails can get busy with walkers and cyclists so please respect other users of the trails.

At the 28K mark, you will pick up the 547 cycle route that leads you East on a stunning ride all the way back to Carsington. This next section is mostly on road and leads you along Bent Road past dairy farms and down a steep and stunning descent to Bradbourne Brook.


Bradbourne Brook, go carefully as cobbles can be slippery…

PLEASE use your brakes on this descent as it’s tempting just to fly down but there is a large Ford at the bottom of the road that runs over slippery cobbles. Once across the beautiful Ford, take care as you cross the road to continue through meadowland on the 547. This routes leads you to a T-junction at Valley View Barn where you will carefully turn right to climb up Mill Lane and then Brackendale Lane. At the cross roads, cross with care and continue along the 547 as it drops you back down in to Carsington Water.

As you enter the car park, PLEASE watch your speed and look out for cars, pedestrians and other cyclists. There will be large traffic cones with route signs on guiding you back to the transition zone and Bike Dismount Zone.


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