Video: Riding England's Finest Trails, Whatever The Weather

Nov 2, 2014
by Lauren Jenkins  


England is green for a reason: rain. But to prove once and for all that we are men and not mice, we hit one of England's classic mountain bike rides - Cut Gate - on a wet October day. Riding in the wet tests your skill and gives you a damn good reason to hit the pub after - to warm up. Throw in some world-class terrain, incredible views and epically fun riding and you have one of the world's finest excuses to get out on your bike. The Peak District, England. It doesn't get much better than this. Really. Riding England's Finest Trails, Whatever The Weather. Trail Ninja, Ep. 19.


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36 Comments

  • + 10
 It is great. One of my favourite summer evening rides, although they edited out the top bit which must have been a bit boggy when they did it. Putting 'don't ride when just rained to avoid erosion' on the vid was a bit daft given that's exactly what they were doing!
  • + 1
 And what the title suggests
  • + 5
 Hey thanks for the input. You're right. I was in two minds to put that note on the video knowing it would like we'd done exactly that. But it had actually been totally dry and rain-free for a whole 2 weeks until the night before we rode this (We rode on Tues 7 Oct). So in fact while there is a lot of running surface water visible in the video, it actually wasn't that boggy and soft on the peat sections. The descent towards North America, for example, almost left no tyre tracks at all. What I wanted to note in the video and captioning, is not to head on this loop in mid winter, or after days and days of rain, when the peat is soaked through and becomes bottomless (OK axle depth) mud. I've lost riding mates to these murky depths never to see them again. So like others say, when its like that, stick to the rockier /surfaced loops like Jacobs ladder out of Edale. But yep, thanks for picking me up on it.
  • + 2
 Yeah I didn't really think that title through did I ...!
  • + 2
 I was joking Wink nothin better than wet trail shredding! Wink
  • + 11
 Man i need to leave the safety of trail centres a bit more! that looks great!!
  • + 12
 make sure you don't take any novices with ya in bad weather, they tend to turn up badly equipped and can turn a good ride into a disaster and will drag you down with em,the exposure can batter a man and the weak shall perish
  • + 3
 If you ever want to know those trails mate give me a shout, or alternatively the guys at cycles in motion in sheffield
  • + 1
 might take you up on that. Got a yeti sb6c on order and its going to need something like the above for an appropriate run out!!
  • + 4
 I'm so lucky this is my stomping ground,i live at the foot of Jacobs Ladder and Cut Gate's a stone's throw away,Peak District rocks!!
  • + 2
 You are lucky, so why are you still inside...? :-)
  • + 2
 Glandular Fever :-( just got the results back from the doctor!!!
  • + 2
 Love the cut gate but personally I save it for a dry day, it can get a bit swampy up on the top when it's wet. Worth doing on a week day too if you can to avoid the crowds.

The Jacobs Ladder loop from Hayfield and Edale holds up better in the wet, and is still great despite some recent dodgy resurfacing. Also all everything from Hope Cross (Roman Road, Potato Alley, The Beast etc) and Hagg Farm/lockerbrook are rideable all year round and can be made into all sorts of cool loops
  • + 1
 That rubble climb, who gave the go ahead for that resurfacing?
  • + 1
 @woodyc - The coldwell clough one up Kinder? Yeah I know, it's horrendous! It's also worse for horses and walkers than it was previously. Hopefully it will wear in over the winter.

The responsibility seems to be with Derbyshire County Council
  • + 1
 woody c smokes helmets
  • + 1
 As a local Peak District mountain biker I find riding the moors in the winter causes more damage than good, I'd rather stick too the bedrock trails than give the local authorities an excuse too start heli dropping bags of rubble for trail repairs...
  • + 1
 I agree. I'm showing this trail to ride when it has been dry previously (like our day), not after a whole week of rain (not that it ever has a whole week of rain in the Peak). But I'm also showing what ruddy good fun riding a bike can be if you are happy getting a little wet. :-)
  • + 1
 the peak districts only about 40mls from where I live, I will have to check it out, can anybody recommend any good trail maps to download, buy etc, trails will also need to be suitable for a good competent 12yr old rider, thanks
  • + 2
 Get the Dark Peak Mountain Biking guide book from Vertebrae Publishing and the OS Explorer OL1 map. That's all you need. The classic loops around Ladybower are a good intro to the area, and not overly technical. The clockwise version is probably a bit easier
  • + 1
 thanks for the info elbandido, I will sort it out,
  • + 1
 Thats the book. They do one on Dark Peak and one on the White Peak.
  • + 5
 watch out for sunburns!!!
  • + 1
 I'd swap the rain any day for the snow and freezing temperatures that are about to descend on Calgary... Should of thought that one through before emigrating..!
  • + 1
 I miss good English terrain!!! Rode in the Santa Cruz mountains this weekend and there was even some mud(ish), made me think of home.
  • + 1
 C'mon you miss the accent.
  • + 1
 A good ride but my favourite loop is Mam Tor, Rushup Edge, Hayfield and onto Jacobs ladder.
  • + 1
 Aye lad after a ride in those conditions the doors of the Ladybower inn look like the pearly gates! Ruddy Good Fun!!!!!
  • + 1
 Oh this looks fun might have to get over soon as only in Halifax so not miles away
  • + 2
 Cut gate is awesome to ride
  • + 1
 Funny-Annoying-Smart-Man, what tires (tyers?) do you prefer for the documented outing? Please tell.
  • + 2
 My stock set up is a Maxxis High Roller 2.35 up front, and a Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.4 out back. You dont even need supertackys if its wet because the rock is so grippy. This loop is good for big volume tyres.. they will roll over the softer surfaces better and with less impact, and absorb the smacking from the gritstone ledges better. Don't go lightweight sidewalls if you want to make the pub before closing (pinchflat potential). Hope that helps.
  • + 0
 England thinks it's green........ Em
  • - 1
 Grim up north
  • + 3
 but ruddy fun.
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