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Introduction to Bikepacking in the Peak District

Bikepack the finest gravel tracks and lanes of the Hope Valley and stargaze from a tepee

Location

United Kingdom

Perfect for

Keen cyclists looking for an introduction to bikepacking and gravel riding (no full lycra kit required!).

Difficulty

Moderate

Why it's much better

  • Cycle through the best of the Peak District on gravel tracks and meandering country lanes
  • Learn about bikepacking - how to load a bike and what kit you need
  • Stargaze in the 'Dark Peak' area
  • Settle down for the night in a giant teepee
  • Visit local cafes and pubs, enjoy fire-cooked food and a tasty nightcap
  • An ideal introduction to gravel riding - no previous experience required
  • Buckets full of adventure in just one weekend

What's Included

  • Guides Expert cycling guide and mechanic
  • Accommodation 1 night in a tepee
  • Meals 1 camp dinner and 1 camp breakfast
  • Equipment Surley Straggler bikes and Ortlieb bikepacking bags provided
  • Happiness Guaranteed We're so confident that your holiday will be your best yet, we actually guarantee it
  • Feel Good Vibes We mitigate 4x the carbon emitted by all our travellers and support important conservation projects

Itinerary

Day 1: Rolling through the Peaks

Starting in Sheffield centre, you'll rock up first thing to meet your cycling crew and collect your bike and bikepacking bags. You'll learn how to prep your bike and then off you go, straight into the heart of the Peak District.

The ride out to the overnight camp is a wiggly 60km, on gravel tracks and quiet lanes - exploring the moorlands, edges, reservoirs, quarries, famous climbs, farms and villages... Expect at least one stop at a cafe for a coffee and cake refuel and at a rural pub to sample some local ales.

Arriving at camp, you'll find your spot in the teepee and get settled by the fire, before tucking into some delicious home-cooked food. The Dark Peak area where you'll be staying is known for its stargazing, so be sure to look up before bedding down for the night.

Distance: 60km / Ascent 1100m / Descent 1200m

Day 2: The Hope Valley

After a camp coffee and breakfast you'll head out through Castleton and down the famous Mam Nick road into Edale. Descending from the top at Windy Knoll, you'll pass the ancient hill fort of Mam Tor before stopping for another cafe lunch and refuel.

This afternoon you'll make your way back slowly to Sheffield via The Peak's best roads and bridleways, ending near Sheffield train station late afternoon. Perhaps in time for a celebratory pint!

Distance: 60km / Ascent 900m / Descent 800m

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

You'll spend the night in a giant teepee. Each one sleeps 5 maximum, with plenty of space to spare. The teepees will be set up before you arrive and are placed in a secluded corner of a small quiet campsite in Great Longstone. The campsite is part of a working farm and has a shower block and toilet. There's also a wonderful farm shop worth checking out!

Private Tent Upgrade
This is available for £20 per person. Please let your host know if you would like to book a private tent.

Location

Founded in 1951, the Peak District was England's first National Park. Its huge landscapes, with rocky outcrops and rolling hills, are scattered with ancient stone villages. How the Peak District got its name is still a mystery – certainly not from the landscape, which has hills and valleys, gorges and lakes, wild moorland and gritstone escarpments... but no peaks. The most common theory is that the region was named for the Pecsaetan, the Anglo-Saxon tribe who once populated this part of England.

Meeting Point

Start Point

Your cycling adventure starts on Saturday morning at 10am in central Sheffield. Your host will confirm the exact meet point before departure, it will be near the train station.

Finish Point

Your cycling adventure ends in Sheffield at approx. 4pm on Sunday in central Sheffield, near the train station.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from Sheffield
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch on both days
  • Alcoholic drinks

This weekend is an ideal introduction to gravel riding and bikepacking. Previous cycling experience is required but no previous off-road cycling experience is necessary. You should be comfortable with the distances and elevation, there are also some long climbs and descents. The pace is approx. 15km an hour. We ride as a group, with plenty of breaks, and no one gets left behind. We will likely be on our bikes/outside for most of the day.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip will run with a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 16.

The route is roughly 60% on paved roads/lanes and 40% on gravel/unsurfaced roads. There are a couple of optional single-track sections for anyone wanting to give them a go which we will point out.

The majority of roads we use on this tour are very quiet, but there are some short un-avoidable sections that are busier. At the busy sections we will split the group into smaller sections to allow vehicles to pass with ease.

The bikes provided are Surly Straggler adventure bikes. These are highly versatile bikes with disc brakes and drop handlebars so provide the comfort of a road bike but with the stability of an off-road bike.

You are welcome to bring your own bike, but if you do please make sure it is suitable for the tour. You will need a bike with a minimum tyre width of 38mm to handle the gravel sections. Please note that this tour is not suitable for road bikes.

This trip is planned so that you can turn up with a rucksack of stuff, meet the group and your bikes and then re-pack what you need for the 2 days into bikepacking bags. You can leave your empty rucksacks/bags/anything else in Sheffield where they will be stored for your collection on the Sunday.

The food provided will be homecooked and vegetarian. Think hearty stew for dinner and a cooked breakfast before you leave on Sunday morning. Cycling snacks are also provided. There's definitely no risk of getting hungry on this trip!

Vegans can be catered for, just let your host know upon booking.

The key to bikepacking is travelling light! As your accommodation is all sorted, you don't actually need to carry much. You should pack the below and your guides will help you pack your stuff onto the bike at the start. You'll be provided with Ortlieb bags (a large saddle bag and a handlebar bar) which will provide plenty of space for what you need for the weekend.

Sleeping bag and mat (unless hiring)
Cycling kit/clothes
Cycling shoes if used
Cycling helmet
Off the bike clothes – warm layers for campfire cooking and off-bike relaxing
Something warm to sleep in
Waterproof jacket
Warm gloves
Head torch
Washbag and toiletry items
Towel (optional)

The bikes will be provided with flat pedals as standard. If you ride with SPD's, please bring your own pedals and shoes.

Available to hire

Private tent: £20pp

Sleeping bag & mat: £15pp

Please let your host know if you would like to hire these items. If you do they will be waiting for you at the overnight camp so you won't have to cycle with them.

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