MANIFOLD VALLEY

LOCATION

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Manifold cycle track between Hulme End and Waterhouses in the south of the Peak National Park. Hulme End lies on the B5054, approx. 2km west of Hartington.
GR SK 103 593 to 091 501, OS Sheet 119.
Heading south-east out of Leek on the A523, take the B5053 to Warslow and Hulme End. Alternatively, if coming from Buxton, take the A515 south-east towards Ashbourne and then the B5054 to Hartington and then Hulme End.

DISTANCE

13 km

SURFACE/DESIGNATION

The route uses the disused railway line that follows the Manifold River. It is a tarmac cycle track with a short section of minor roads near Wettonmill. It is mostly off road with just a couple of very short passages on road and going through one short tunnel. The going is mostly flat and is good terrain for classic or skating.

SAFETY DETAILS

Beware of traffic on the road sections and where the track crosses minor roads.
Bridges need care, they are constructed from large timber blocks with gaps that are just the right size to grab a ski pole.
Wet leaves can make the track slippery in autumn/winter so take extra care if skating.
The surface has deteriorated over the years and patchwork repairs to the tarmac can result in your rollers grounding. I hit bottom four times in 2005.

FACILITIES

Large car park at Hulme End. Toilets at visitor centre at Hulme End, WettonMill and Lea Farm tea garden. Cafes also available at Wettonmill and Lee Farm.
Cycle hire available.
Camping, youth Hostel, B&B available.

OTHER DETAILS

Venue for the annual 'Manifold Roller Ski Tour' organised by Yorkshire Dales Cross Country Ski Club for all ESC club members. Makes a good day tour.
The route runs along the valley bottom, passing wonderful scenery of caves, gorges and meadows.
Weekdays or Saturdays are best as Sunday can get busy with cyclists and walkers.
Probably unsuitable for beginners, but the views are excellent and the food at Lea Farm is good.

Helen Bell,
Yorkshire Dales Cross Country Ski Club