Cycling Near Alton Towers

Cycling in Staffordshire 

We’ve cycled all these easy to reach routes ourselves. Several can be started right from our front door as Churnet Valley Cycle Hire will bring bikes right to our carpark.

The beauty of Staffordshire doesn’t need to be hard to find. Our goal is simple – provide our guests with a collection of hand-curated trail guides, so you can explore the outdoors with confidence.

Secure cycle storage available

Know the details before you go

Fully Detailed Maps


By using the ViewRanger app you can explore some great cycle routes in and around Staffordshire and Derbyshire with the confidence that you won’t get lost, or miss any highlights. Alternatively, if you like doing things the traditional way, just print out the maps and take them with you.

Some popular routes are covered, as well as those known only to the locals.

Denstone and JCB Headquarters


Distance 12.6 Miles

Parking   The Laurels B&B (Guests only)

chart area   Easy

road surface  Gravel trail or tarmac

Toilets   Toilets at Denstone Farm shop and The Ramblers Retreat

Refreshments   Denstone Farm shop and The Ramblers Retreat. (Check opening times/days)

Bicycle Hire Churnet Valley Cycle Hire deliver bikes to The Laurels

The Manifold Way


Distance 16 Miles

Parking   Waterhouses

chart area   Easy

road surface  Tarmac

Toilets   Toilets at Waterhouses and Hulme End

Refreshments   Wetton Mill and Hulme End

Bicycle Hire  Bicycle Hire at Brown End Farm

See our blog post on this ride

Ashbourne, Tissington & Carsington Water


Distance 25 Miles

Parking   Ashbourne

chart area   Moderate

road surface  Gravel trail or tarmac

Toilets   Toilets at Ashbourne and Tissington

Refreshments Ashbourne, Tissington & Carsington Water

Bicycle Hire  Ashbourne Bike Hire

Tittesworth Reservoir and The Roaches


Distance 15 Miles

Parking   Tittesworth Reservoir

chart area   Difficult

road surface  Gravel trail, tarmac, rocks and mud!

Toilets   Toilets at Tittesworth

Refreshments The Lazy Trout, The Roaches Tea Rooms

Bicycle Hire  No bike hire

The Monsal Trail


Distance 14.5 Miles

Parking   Monsal Trail Cycle Hire

chart area   Easy

road surface  Tarmac/gravel

Toilets   Hassop Station & Millers Dale

Refreshments   Hassop Station & Millers Dale

Bicycle Hire  Bicycle Hire at Monsal Trail Cycle Hire or Blackwell Mill Cycle Hire

01538 702629
The Laurels B&B, Star Bank, Oakamoor, Stoke-on-Trent, ST103DF