Pennine Bridleway Double



The Pennine Bridleway Double is a 193 mile self-supported mountain bike time-trail route through the Peak District National Park. The route runs from Middleton Top, up the Pennine Bridleway to Summit, where it joins the Mary Towneley Loop clockwise back to Summit, then returning to Middleton Top. The route offers approximately 7,700 m of ascent along with some superb trails through some wonderful British countryside.


There is no entry fee, no support, and no prizes. It is a self-timed Individual Time Trial (ITT) that can be challenged at any time. All that is provided is the inspiration, the official National Trail Pennine Bridleway webiste and a list of completion times. The route is established, mapped and well marked.


Originally conceived as a challenge route by Steve Heading in preparation for a sub 24 hour attempt at the South Downs Double. With similar statistics and a start and end point just a few miles from his his home it was ideal training. Then he got carried away…



  1. Complete the entire route, under your own power  - no drafting
  2. Be completely self-supported throughout the ride - absolutely no support crews, absolutely no gear sharing
  3. Only use commercial services that are available to all challengers - no private resupply, no private lodging
  4. If you have to leave the route, you must rejoin it at the exactly same spot
  5. No caches of any kind
  6. No third-party sag-wagon offering an easy bail-out option
  7. No pre-arranged support, which means before you begin your ride - e.g. booking a B&B
  8. No travel by any motorized means during your ride - by all means do so if necessary, but understand if you do your attempt is over
  9. No ditching or stashing of any gear to pick up later
  10. Gear - nothing required, nothing prohibited



Steve Large 26 hours 00 minutes 27-07-2013
Steve Heading 35 hours 13 minutes 27-12-2008
Steve Heading 21 hours 39 minutes 18-04-2009
Rob Lee 26 hours 43 minutes 24-07-2009
Alan Billington 24 hours 00 minutes 09-07-2011
Rob Dean 26 hours 02 minutes 17-05-2012


If you have completed a sub-56 hour self-supported ride of the Pennine Bridelway Double, and wish to have your name added to the ride completions register, please send GPS track logged data to this email.