Bike Routes From EMR Stations

Great Bike Rides from East Midlands Railways Stations

(For some Great rides from Northern Rail Stations Click Here)

Book your bike for free at any staffed National Rail Station, or by phone on 08457 125 678.

You can only reserve two bikes per train unit on EMR. (Sometimes train units are doubled up)

You can book your bike on-line at Trainline  Red Spotted Hanky. Great Western Railway or First Trans-Pennine.

East Midlands Railway say that you can book a bike on their website when you book a ticket (not tested)

If you have a Sheffield Bike Hub fob you can use it at Lincoln, Derby, Leicester and Market Haborough – I’ve tested all of them. 


For the City Centre, cross Sheaf Street at the crossing near the ticket office, mount the shared use path (NCN6) on the opposite side of the road and turn left – there is a short section of off-road cycle lane that will get you to Howard St,  turn right here and climb up to the Town Hall, Library, Peace and Winter Gardens, or for a less steep climb continue to Paternoster Row (the Showroom cinema should be on your left) and turn right by the Hallam Students Union (formerly the Centre for Popular Music, known locally as the Kettles or Hubs)

For the University and Hospitals, follow the marked cycle route along Brown St, left onto Sydney St & Sylvester St and join the off-road route at the junction with Eyre St. Cross at the pelican crossing and then follow the route along the Ring Road.

Take Howard St for the Peak Park Millennium route (NCN6) which will eventually lead you to Hathersage in the Peak Park.

Turn Right for the Trans-Pennine Trail , access point at the Canal Basin, on the other side of Park Square, which leads to Rother Valley Country Park and on to Chesterfield, with onward connections to Chesterfield, Clumber Park, Sherwood Forest, Mansfield, Bulwell, Nottingham and Derby, or Meadowhall for Penistone, Rotherham, Doncaster, Manchester, Liverpool, York, Leeds Hull and points en route.

For a great ride to Derby, click here.

Most EMR trains from Sheffield are non-stop from Leicester to St. P. However, it’s an easy change at Leicester onto trains stopping south of Leicester and it’s easy to change onto a Thameslink or EMR train to intermediate destinations.


The Southern spur of the Trans-Pennine trail (NCN67) starts outside Chesterfield station. Follow this for Sheffield and points North, South, East and West. Other bike routes in Chesterfield include the Hipper and Holmebrook trails – get a map here.


From High Peak Junction just south of Cromford, you can climb up the old railway incline to the High Peak Trail, which will take you to Parsley Hay in the heart of the magical White Peak. East Midlands Railway runs services from Derby to Matlock.


Leave the Station by the East Entrance for Pride Park, where you can connect to National Cycle Network Routes 6/52 to Nottingham, Sheffield, and York, or route 6/51, the South Midland Route, for Melbourne, Loughborough, and Leicester.


Take to the Canal towpath, adjacent to the station, for interesting rides to Beeston, Attenborough, & Trent Bridge, where you can head north along the Erewash Canal, past the enormous Toton locomotive depot as far as Langley Mill, where East Midlands Trains (reservations required) or Northern (no reservations required) can pick you up and take you back to Nottingham, or on to Chesterfield and Sheffield. The Erewash Canal at one time connected with the Cromford Canal, which still exists between Ambergate (once a significant railway junction) and Cromford Wharf which is not far from…


Head North alongside the railway line (this is the Peak Rail steam railway) and you will find a traffic-free route as far as Rowsley. A track will get you over to Bakewell.

Over the course of 2010/2011 much of the former Midland Railway route between Matlock and Buxton was converted into a cycling and walking route, at a cost of £2.5m and with the tunnels re-opened, an exciting ride. A further development will be a circular route around this part of the peak – see Peak Cycle Links for details.

East Midlands Parkway

Next to an enormous power station (Ratcliffe-on-Soar) close to the M1 and East Mids airport this may not seem an attractive station to start a bike ride. However, you can get onto quiet roads into the gorgeous Leicestershire countryside and connect into NCN6 without the need to leave a town or city as you usually have to when starting a bike ride from a station. (Map to follow)


A spur from Route 6/61 will connect you with the South Midlands Cycle Route. Unfortunately cycle access to/from the station was made worse when the station environment was “improved” recently.


Visit the Cycle Park in the town hall for bikes and accessories, repairs, a shower, or long-term cycle parking.

This city is something of a cycling Mecca, with two braids of the South Midlands route heading south, and options to head for the cycling & sailing honeypot of Rutland Water, near Oakham, or Melton Mowbray, home of the Pork Pie. Alternatively, get on to the towpath of the Grand Union Canal, through beautiful countryside for Foxton Locks and the Market Harborough Arm. In a very progressive move, cycling is allowed in the pedestrianised parts of the City Centre.

Market Harborough

A short ride through the exquisite town centre will take you to the Market Harborough Arm of the Grand Union Canal, (see Leicester) giving you access, again for the South Midland Cycle Route towards Oxford, Coventry and Milton Keynes, or stay on the towpath for the UK’s canal network, much of which is cyclable along the towpaths. Watch out for bramble cuttings on the towpath though  – punctures have been reported! The first part of the towpath out of MH was improved in early 2024 by Sustrans.

St Albans.

Change at Luton for a Thameslink train to the ancient Roman town of Verulanium. The Alban Way, avoiding motorways and major roads, will take you through to Hatfield, the pleasant county town of Hertford, London via the Lea Valley, and Stansted Airport, and is described in more detail here.

London St Pancras

The southernmost terminus for EM Trains, and the London terminus for Eurostar. Cycle north along York Way, on the eastern side of Kings Cross, to reach Regents Canal. If you head east you can link to the River Lea and head north for St Albans (see above) – if you head west you can sample the delights of Camden Market, and if you continue, reach the starting point of the Grand Union Canal, (cycling is not allowed in the Regent’s Park section, however) – for Birmingham.

If you know of a great bike ride from an East Midlands Trains station, or a useful route to a University, Shopping Centre, local town or whatever, please tell us by adding a comment.

For information on Sustrans and the National Cycle Network Click Here

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