Location: UK, Europe
Length: 41.7 km (25.9 miles)
Width: 2 lanes, 5 m and narrower sections of one lane
Surface quality (out of 10): 4
Highest point: 517 m (1,696 ft)
Operating times: throughout the year
via A625 and A6
Route: from Moore St, Sheffield to Derbyshire
Mam Tor Road Description
The Mam Tor road will give you a glimpse of the rural areas of Great Britain. It zigs zags along the mountains and hills, uncovering a picturesque landscape and a beautiful route to drive.
It was first named Ecclesall Road, and it crosses through Derbyshire and Peak District. Our route starts at the Moore Street roundabout in Sheffield, passes the two mentioned districts and it finishes at a crossroad with B6001 and A623.
Previously, this road ran between Castleton and Chapel-en-le-Frith. Since this section of the road proved to be prone to movement, especially after heavy rains, it was directed westwards through the Winnats Pass.
This road is known for having a missing piece. We’re referring to the western section at Mam Tor in the Peak District. Here, the road collapsed because of the heavy rains. Since the cost of repairing it was too high, it was left like this. So, the A625 road ends in the middle of nowhere and then restarts half of mile later. Bikers or walkers can only cross this stretch. Cars do not have access here. You can come here driving and continue the route using a bike or walking.
The road zig zags its way around the mountain and offers twists and turns to drive on along the way. Because the maintenance costs were too high, this route was left unrepaired. Now it’s a constantly shifting tangle of tarmac and grassy hillocks with paths and tracks.
About the Mountain
This mountain has an interesting story to it. Its name means “mother hill” because of the constant landslips that have created a multitude of smaller hills beneath it. Also, it has an alternative name, and that is “Shivering Mountain” because it’s formed of unstable lower layers of shale.
The altitude of this mountain is 517 m (1,696 ft), and at its base, you can find four caves that you can explore: Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern, Peak Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern.
The Mam Tor drive is a scenic and interesting one because of the history of this road. Here, nature has followed its course and you can see that it has won the battle. Its exciting to drive and sometimes insecure. It features many twists and turns and it also gets very narrow.
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