Derbyshire cycle fans’ Tour of Britain tips and road closure warnings

The Tour of Britain when it previously visited Hathersage.
The Tour of Britain when it previously visited Hathersage.

Derbyshire people are being urged to decide where to watch the Aviva Tour of Britain as it passes through large parts of the county on Friday, September 11.

The race features 20 cycling teams including Team Sky, Etixx Quick Step and Team Cannondale Garmin.

Team Wiggins will also take part alongside the Great Britain Cycling Team.

And top British rider Mark Cavendish has just announced he is to take part in the race, as part of the Etixx Quick Step Team.

Stage 6 leaves Stoke at 10.30am, before it heads into the Peak District National Park and Derbyshire.

The route takes in Buxton, Whaley Bridge, Chapel-enl-e-Frith, the Hope Valley, Stoney Middleton, Bakewell, Chatsworth, Matlock, Cromford, Carsington, Belper and Ilkeston and then onto the finish in Nottingham.

Derbyshire County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, Councillor John Owen, said: “For cycling fans the day is going to be a wonderful opportunity to see some of the top names in the sport in our county. And if you’ve never watched a race before then it’s a great opportunity to see a world class sporting event.”

Below is a list of the keys areas and how they will be affected by the Tour of Britain on September 11.

Buxton

The riders are expected to be in Buxton at some time between 11.15am to 12pm. The roads on the route, the A53, the B5059 Macclesfield Road, the A515 High Street, Terrace Road, The Crescent, Water Street, part of St John’s Road and then A5004 Manchester Road may be closed for around 20 minutes during this time, so visitors are advised to make sure they are in the town by 10am in plenty of time to get a good viewing point.

There is an intermediate sprint finish which ends on Buxton High Street outside the Eagle. Expect this area to be busy – barriers and equipment will be set up during the morning.

Throughout Buxton and the High Peak there will be plenty of activities taking place on the day of the Tour. Many schools along the route are organising fun days and events for their students.

Pavilion Gardens and Buxton Leisure Centre will be hosting events and Buxton’s businesses are being encouraged to make it a day to remember.

Bakewell

Bakewell is expected to be busy as the riders arrive at some time between 12.50pm and 1.40pm. They arrive in the town on the A6 from Ashford-in-the-Water and turn left on to the A619, Rutland Square and then on to Chatsworth. These roads may be closed for around 30 minutes during this time, so visitors are advised to make sure they are in Bakewell by 11.45am.

Chatsworth

The riders are expected to arrive on the Chatsworth estate at some time between 1.05pm and 1.55pm. They arrive in the estate from Pilsley and then follow the B6012 through the estate towards the Chatsworth Garden Centre and Beeley. The roads may be closed for around 30 minutes during this time, so visitors are advised to make sure they get to Chatsworth by 12pm.

Matlock

Big crowds are expected to see the peloton arrive in the town. The riders are expected to be in Matlock at some time between 1.20pm and 2.15pm. They arrive from Farley Hill, Hurds Hollow, Dimple Road and the A615 into the town centre. They then travel towards Matlock Green, and turn right onto Church Street and follow the hill through Starkholmes. These roads may be closed for around 30 minutes during this time, visitors are advised to make sure they are in Matlock by 12.15pm to find a good viewing point.

There’ll be lots to see and do at a cycling festival in Hall Leys Park. The event is being organised by Derbyshire Dales District Council and several other organisations including Matlock Cycling Club. There’ll be lots of cycling activities to take part in and local schools have been invited.

Cromford

The riders are expected to be in Cromford at some time between 1.30pm and 2.20pm. They arrive in the village from Starkholmes, past Cromford Mill, then they cross the A6 and head up Cromford Hill turning right along Porter Lane towards the Rising Sun Pub and Middleton Top. These roads may be closed for around 30 minutes during this time. Visitors are advised to make sure they get into Cromford by 12.15pm, particularly if they want to walk up Cromford Hill to see the King of the Mountain section. Car parking is available on Cromford Meadows and in the Mill car parks.

Carsington Reservoir

The peloton is expected to arrive at Carsington at some time between 1.45pm and 2.35pm. They arrive on the B5035 from Middleton Top and then turn left at the Knockerdown towards the reservoir. The riders then follow the road next to the dam wall and then head towards Hulland Ward. The roads may be closed for around 30 minutes during this time. Visitors are advised to make sure they get to Carsington Reservoir by 12.30pm if you want to find a good viewing point.

Belper

Belper is expected to be busy as an intermediate sprint section ends in the town. The riders are expected to be in Belper at some time between 2.10pm and 3pm. They arrive in the town from Shottlegate and Blackbrook along the A517. They then turn right by Belper Mill onto the A6 and then head towards Flying Geese roundabout where they turn left and climb up the A609 New Road towards the Market Place, and then on to Openwoodgate, past Belper School. These roads may be closed for around 30 minutes during this time, so visitors are advised to be in Belper by 1.15pm.

Ilkeston

The riders are expected to be in West Hallam, Kirk Hallam and Ilkeston at some time between 2.25pm and 3.30pm. They arrive from West Hallam along the A609 then through Kirk Hallam where there is an intermediate sprint. The race then follows Derby Road to White Lion Square and then follows Nottingham Road onwards to the race finish in Nottingham. These roads may be closed for around 40 minutes during this time. Visitors are advised to make sure they are in the area by 1.15pm.

Ilkeston and Kirk Hallam are expected to be popular with spectators as there is an intermediate sprint section that ends on Derby Road near Kirk Hallam Community Technology College. This area is expected to be busy. Barriers and equipment will be set up during the late morning or early afternoon.