Video: Exploring the Derbyshire Dales in 'The Full English'

Mar 23, 2020
by Nico Turner  

"There’s flow if you know exactly what you’re doing and how to find it. The Derbyshire Dales are not somewhere that rewards laziness.." - Aiken C and Kelly–Jane M. @aikendc and @kellbellandbikes

In other places we’re amazed by how quickly you can kick a trail in, but it requires serious effort here. There’s no dirt; it’s just rocks on top of rocks with some air gaps.

Derbyshire Riding

Eventually, you get down to the golden, a little cacheé, but then you’ve got to ship it up in a bucket to where you need it. To get enough dirt for the landing of the rock-roll in the clip, we had to ferry it up in the winter. 1 in every 3 buckets you’d slip over in the snow.


It’s quite North Shore-y here, just because it’s so janky. In winter it’s borderline dangerous, but in summer I might ride it without knee pads – once I’ve landed it I’ll ask myself why I just did it. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not knife-edge, put-one-front-wrong type riding, but it’s super tight and to hit it right and fast, you’ve got all these sharp, pointy rocks to navigate – there’s nowhere nice to crash.”

Derbyshire Riding

ASSOS of Switzerland got local riders Aiken C and Kelly–Jane M to spend a season riding in the brand new Steinbeisser Trail Rain Jacket. Known primarily for its premium road riding apparel, ASSOS has developed this advanced rain jacket using their road-proven softshell but have adopted a whole new cut and panelling for going off-road. Think MTB helmet–hood compatibility, drop tail, looser fit for shredding and breathability for the climbs, see a video explainer below:

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Video / Nico Turner
Riders / Aiken C & Kelly–Jane M
Photography / Phil Gale


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 Looks like The Amber Valley to me. Awesome place to ride
  • 2 0
 Yup. I know exactly where. Tis good
  • 1 0
 I rode there a couple of times a few years back... was about as wet then too!
  • 1 0
 it's mint. and you don't need a 200 quid jacket to ride there... but it seems you will be fined that if you try to for the foreseeable future... bad times. keep safe.
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 Nice to see all the shots of Wirksworth in there!
  • 1 0
 was hoping for a josh bender moment toward the end there!

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