East of Hayfield near Barber Booth, the 25km Pennine Way/Edale Loop is a popular, but technical, Peak District classic. The route combines rugged, rocky bridle trails with roads in a loop running southwest of town.
To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Sheffield, follow the A625 to the C road through the Vale of Edale. Use the Barber Booth car park.
Start riding northwest on Pennine Way to stone bridge at foot of Jacobs Ladder. Turn left through the gate and ascend rocky track to Edale Cross. Continue west and eventually descend to River Sett. Head south to pick up track climbing Mount Famine. Continue southwest to Roych Clough and on to A625. Head northeast on trail along Rushup Edge.
The Countryside Agency has opened a new 10 mile loop east of Settle off the bridleway. There are feeder routes from Stainforth and Long Preston. There are some rocky sections.
Overall, Pennine Bridleway is the 23rd most popular mountain bike trail of all 93 mountain biking rides in UK.