PENNINE CYCLEWAY ROUTE DESCRIPTION
The Pennine Cycleway (Route 68) from Derby to Berwick-upon-Tweed is covered by 3 separate maps:
South Pennines and the Dales
The Peak District map includes the popular and accessible Tissington, High Peak and Longdendale Trials whilst highlighting routes to get to the Peak District without a car.
The route heads from the cycle friendly cities of Derby and Nottingham to the splendour of the Peak District on a mixture of disused railways and quiet roads towards Buxton, New Mills and Glossop.
Map 1 (Peak District) allows you to cycle back to Nottingham through Sherwood Forest. There are also links to popular recreational sites such as Wharncliffe Forest, the Rother Valley Country Park and Sherwood Forest. The route is also accessible from Sheffield, Chesterfield, Penistone and Worksop.
The next 124 miles of the route between Holmfirth ('Last of the Summmer Wine') and Appleby-in-Westmorland takes in a wide variety of landscapes, from man made structures such as canal embankments and evocative mill towns, to the wilds of the Yorkshire Dales and into the peaceful Eden Valley.
The route also follows the South Pennines, passes beneath Pendle Hill, the Howgill Fells and the southern Lakeland area. Traffic-free sections include the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, which passes through the mill towns Brierfield, Nelson and Colne on to Gargrave with its cyclists' cafe.
There are a great many attractions on or close to the route such as the charming town of Hebden Bridge or Burnley's sixty-foot high canal embankment. Elsewhere you can visit the Moors around Malham Tarn, the waterfall and caves at Ingleton and the cobble streets of Dent.
The final third of the route take in more spectacular landscapes and unspoilt countryside. Through the green and pleasant Eden Valley, the dramatic North Pennines, the South Tyne Valley, past Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site, and through Northumberland National Park and the foothills of the Cheviots. Finally, you wend your way through the Scottish Borders to end at the historic border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed on the Northumberland Coast.
Information courtesy of Sustrans