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Trails Tea Party

A most delightful trip through the scenic White Peak

Trails Tea Party is for you if you like to cycle at a leisurely pace through the glorious Peak District countryside. You’ll journey on our beautiful vintage bikes along the Tissington Trail, the track bed of the former Buxton to Ashbourne railway line – pedalling past historic Hartington signal box on your way. You will travel along some bygone lanes and bridleways of the Peak District National Park, taking your time to enjoy the spectacular scenery and exceptional views. You’ll stop for a traditional afternoon tea in the picturesque village of Hartington  – a Peak District gem – famous for its cheese shop, village green and pond. You will return through scenic Long Dale, a typical dry limestone valley of the White Peak. This most delightful trip is the perfect introduction to vintage cycling.

The route

Parsley Hay is a small hamlet, high on the limestone plateau of the White Peak at the junction of the High Peak and Tissington Trails.

Hartington was granted a market charter in 1203 and is a really pretty village with many fine old building spreading out from it's central pond.

Cold Eaton Cutting on the former Ashbourne railway line, now the Tissington Trail, is 60 feet deep and three quarters of a mile long, requiring the removal of 300,000 tons of limestone!
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The right ride for you

We try to ensure you choose the ride best suited to your needs, so we have included the following as a guideline for this tour:

Distance covered 13miles / 21km
Duration 2 – 4 hours
Elevation climbed 1240ft / 378m ascent
Experience level Easy
Rest stops 1
Terrain Road (52%) Trail (48%)
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The low down

Price £50 per person for the guided tour (10 – 12 people) includes:

  • Pedalling storyteller tour guide(s)
  • Retro bicycle hire
  • Afternoon tea at Hartington Farm Shop and Café
  • Insider’s tips
  • Cycling map

Price does not include:

  • Additional refreshments during the day
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any other personal expenses
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And finally

Friendly advice: you might find riding a retro bike harder than you expect. If you haven’t ridden one before we suggest you start off with either this or our Pie Ride tour.

Please contact us if you’d like any further information or to make a booking – we’d be glad to help.

Our bikes

Need a bike to go on your tour?

We offer a range of reliable and practical pre 1987 classic British steel bikes

Find out more about our vintage bikes

What we offer

Rides in the Peak District

Local knowledge

You’ll be riding with one of our local experts, full of knowledge and guaranteed to please on these specially selected routes. We love where we live and love where we ride and look forward to sharing our favourite routes with you.

Rides in the Peak District

Everything you need

We take care of everything you need, reliable retro bikes, refreshments, repair kits and routes – you name it. You just need to turn up and we’ll do the rest.

Rides in the Peak District

Tried & tested

We must have ridden these routes over a hundred times. We’ve carefully planned out every detail – you’re in safe hands.

Our other routes

If you think you’d be more interested in our other retro rides then be sure to check them out below. We cater for all levels, just contact us if you have any questions.

Pie Ride