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Sheffield Guide: Best Bike Rides in Yorkshire

Sheffield Guide: Best Bike Rides in Yorkshire

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Barbour International has always held a strong connection with motorcycle enthusiasts and those dreaming of the open road. In our latest blog series, celebrating our new store opening in Sheffield, we’re sharing some of the best bike routes in the surrounding area of Sheffield for you to explore after visiting…

Entering the Peak District from the City of Sheffield, the first stop is Derwent Reservoir. Derwent Reservoir is the middle of three reservoirs in the Upper Derwent Valley in the northeast of Derbyshire, England. It lies approximately 10 miles from Glossop and 10 miles from Sheffield. Driving past the lake provides the perfect opportunity to take in some of the scenery provided by the dam.

Further on past Ladybower Reservoir, the lowest of three reservoirs, is Mam Tor. Mam Tor is a 517 m hill near Castleton in the High Peak of Derbyshire. Its name directly translates to "mother hill", due to frequent landslides on its eastern face resulting in a multitude of 'mini-hills' beneath it.

Continuing your journey, you’ll reach Buxton and begin another climb through the national park. The Cat and Fiddle, an iconic stop for motorcycle enthusiasts, is a road in England between Buxton, Derbyshire, and Macclesfield, Cheshire. It gets its name from the Cat and Fiddle Inn public house at its summit, which has now closed but still provides the perfect pause point to take in the view of the road just conquered. 

Formed by parts of the A537, A54 and A53, it’s famous for its scenic views across the Greater Manchester conurbation, the Peak District National Park and the Cheshire Plain. It’s clear to see why this route is so popular. 

Despite being named one of the most dangerous roads and given a 50mph speed limit, it is still one of the most popular motorcycle roads in the UK. Take the day and leave plenty time to stop and take in the incredible views the Peak District has to offer! 

Discover more about our new Barbour International Meadowhall store opening here.


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