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Parkside Classic Run.
Resume of the route
A Resume of the Parkside Classic Tour 2018
The route starts with a run out westwards through the outskirts of Chesterfield to the village of Old Brampton. A gentle climb and a right beyond the Fox & Goose at Wigley has the route on high ground before dropping down into the Cordwell where a right in Millthorpe leads to Holmesfield.
From here it is a short distance to the ‘longabout ‘ at Owler Bar where you skirt Big Moor towards Fox House and the left to Hathersage and stunning views across the Hope valley. Rather than dropping down to Hathersage a hairpin right junction shortly after a bend known locally as ‘Surprise View’ leads up to the Hallam Moors and the roads running beneath Stanage Edge before the descent to eventually pass beneath Ladybower Dam.
After re-joining the A6187 it is a short distance to the right by the church in Hope which is the entrance to the entire length of Edale valley and the stiff climb to Mam Nick. From here your way continues in a general southerly direction through Perryfoot, Peak Forest, Wormhill into the valley bottom at Millers Dale. After crossing the A6 at Taddington the next target is Harper Hill to the south of Buxton and the A53 below Axe Edge.
As you have completed approximately half the route at this point it might be that you take a break and enjoy the views if you have not already done so. As you turn left off this road for the hamlet of Dove Head you are at the highest point of the route in excess of 1600 ft. From here the ‘yellows’ run south-east to join the B5053 south of Longnor but after about a mile a left continues in the same direction toward Hulme End where joining the B5054 leads to Hartington.
After turning right off the B5054 in the village a minor road soon reaches the staggered junction at Heathcote Mere. At this point the shortened route goes right then left towards Heathcote and Newhaven whilst the longer option continues in the direction of Biggin. After a short stretch on the A515 this route turns left onto narrow roads for Parwich and then on to Longcliffe.
From Longcliffe crossroads the main route heads north via Aldwark to the A5012 and on to Newhaven.
All entrants now pass through Middleton, Youlgrave and after a short loop through Stanton in Peak turn left off the A6 in Rowsley towards Chatsworth. With a right in Beeley village there is a long climb onto Beeley Moor before the descent to Holymoorside which just leaves careful navigation through housing estates on the edge of Chesterfield back to Parkside Community School and a well-deserved cup of tea!
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