Steve Harrop, owner and director of Sheffield-based cycling training centre Skyhook Coaching Services, shares his favourite places to stop off and refuel when cycling around the Peaks.
Hassop Station Cafe
Situated along the Monsal Trail near Bakewell, this cafe is ideal on a day out with the family. A disused railway line, the Monsal Trail is fairly flat so it’s perfect for families with smaller kids. The Hassop Station breakfast is one of my favourites and it’s a cycle-friendly cafe, so they don’t mind you bringing in all your equipment!
Hassop Station, near Bakewell, DE45 1NW
The No Car Cafe
Just off Rushup Edge, you'll find a cafe that caters for cyclists, walkers and horse riders, but not car users. The routes around this part of the Peaks are perfect for those who enjoy long climbs and a bit of a challenge. Direct routes from Sheffield take you over either Winnats Pass or Mam Nick, so it's ideal to refuel for your return leg. Having lived in the USA, I love this place as it's the only cafe I’ve found that serves bottomless coffee. It also does amazing homemade bread.
Rushop Hall, Rushup Lane, Rushup, SK23 0QT
Situated at Wardlow Mires, this cafe is very big on supporting local farmers, so it’s a great place to fill up on locally-sourced produce. The area can be approached from several directions, with many different loops to cycle around the Peaks. The cafe gets a lot of biker trade too, so leathers and lycra sit side by side.
Mires Lane, Wardlow, SK17 8RW
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The Courtyard Cafe
I swear by the flapjack in this coffee shop – no idea what they add to it, but it has supercharged the legs of many a flagging cyclist. Located in the heart of Hope, right by the mountain bike shop, it gets a good mix of mountain and road bikers, and is a great place to show up at any time of year. With the icy conditions on some winter rides, I don’t want to stray too far off the treated main roads, so the Hope Valley and Castleton can be a great choice for an “out and back”.
8 Castleton Road, Hope, S33 6RD
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The Aisseford Tea Rooms
This cafe is a fabulous find in the heart of Ashford-in-the-Water. Its range of freshly made cakes are excellent and the espressos bellissimo. Though be warned, it can get so busy inside that you may end up sitting at a table in the garden and sharing your space with the chickens and cockerel!
Ashford-in-the-Water, Bakewell, DE45 1QB