Be aware that parts of the route are on footpaths, so to stay legal please dismount on these sections.
The route starts at the Oakamoor Picnic site where there is free parking, toilets and drinking water available. As you leave the Car Park turn right and then left onto the main road (B5417). You then start a long, steep category 4 road climb approximately 1 mile long. This is the most challenging climb of the route so probably best that it’s at the start while the legs are still fresh!.
Once over the top of the climb you take a left on to Greendale Lane and enjoy a long, fast road descent. After about ¼ mile you come to a junction, continue straight on taking the bridleway signposted on the other side of the road. Follow the trail through Dimmingsdale Wood crossing over a narrow stream. After a short distance look out for the small waterfall on your left. You then come to another shallow stream which you can easily ride across.
Shortly after the 2nd stream you come to a fork in the trail, take the path on the right here. You should then pass a series of ponds on your right. Take care here as the path becomes quite narrow, so dismount or stop to allow any walkers through. After the ponds, continue on this path for about another ½ mile. Eventually you come to some benches and a bridge on your right. There are various paths and trails here going in different directions, but you want to continue straight on using the bridleway that follows alongside the stream.
- Some picturesque water features at Dimmingsdale Wood
- Very pleasant ride along the Churnet Valley Cycleway
- Some sections require riding on footpaths
- One very steep unrideable climb
- No technical trail features or off-road descents
- Long, steep road climb right at beginning of ride