“One thing at a time, as beautifully as possible” is the Mamnick ethos. The Sheffield-based company, makers of clothing and accessories ranging from bobble hats to stainless steel chippie forks, takes its name from Mam Nick, one of the hard cycle climbs in the Peak District. Here, Mamnick founder Thom Barnett shares one of his other favourite Peak District climbs. For more, see the Mamnick Journal.
The two roads I like riding most after leaving Hathersage are Abney and this one: Sir William Hill Road, a single lane back-wack that leads up and snakes around Leam Farm. Once you've taken the B6001 out of Hathersage and dropped under the bridge you pass the David Mellor Design Museum and the football pitch to your left. You'll then pass the road to Abney on your right. The next road, the one before you reach Fallcliff Wood, is the severe Sir William Hill Road, which boasts ace views and interesting architecture (turn-off marked on map below).
It does have its moments of intense, unpleasant gradient where I have to use my 23 sprocket (42.23), especially on the two semi-switchbacks. The first goes past the perishing roofs of the farm house and then levels out for 100 yards before it rises again, swinging left as the road forks. I suggest you go wide as the inside-line of the road is rather strenuous.
The second part of the climb, as you pass Leam, settles into an easier gradient before rolling through Home Wood and Sherriff Wood. There are a few trees up there and you'll notice an ever-changing den on your left. It was a tipi made of wood in summer, then it was a full-blown plastic-covered shed made from broken bits of trees with a rope swing, perhaps made by the children who live in the farm.
Once you're through the overhanging trees, at the end of the road turn right for the last part of the climb and another drag before you're at the top. You'll be greeted with panoramic views, looking back down into Grindleford and over to Bretton Brook. From there, you can start the fast descent into Eyam or take the ridge road that leads to Hucklow or Bretton.