Hero Image
4.9
| 19 reviews

Intro to Bikepacking in the Peak District

1 night
Moderate

Cycle through the best terrain the Peak District has to offer, from gravel tracks to country lanes and stargaze from a giant tepee

What's Included?

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 16 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.9
| 19 reviews
Beatyfull views - the perfect trip to build...
September 2022
Everett
Beatyfull views - the perfect trip to build...
September 2022
Everett
Beatyfull views - the perfect trip to build...
September 2022
Everett
Beatyfull views - the perfect trip to build...
September 2022
Everett
Beatyfull views - the perfect trip to build...
September 2022
Everett
Beautiful route, I managed (just)but there...
September 2022
Anna
This was genuinely one of the best weekends...
September 2022
Sarah
An awesome and simple trip! Never been to a...
July 2022
Jack
An awesome and simple trip! Never been to a...
July 2022
Jack
An awesome and simple trip! Never been to a...
July 2022
Jack
Fab weekend gravelbiking with a small group...
July 2022
Dan
Fab weekend gravelbiking with a small group...
July 2022
Dan
Fab weekend gravelbiking with a small group...
July 2022
Dan
Great weekend in the peaks with some good c...
June 2022
Georgia
Great weekend in the peaks with some good c...
June 2022
Georgia
Great weekend in the peaks with some good c...
June 2022
Georgia
Amazing trip that I would highly recommend....
May 2022
Hannah
Amazing trip that I would highly recommend....
May 2022
Hannah
Amazing trip that I would highly recommend....
May 2022
Hannah
Amazing trip that I would highly recommend....
May 2022
Hannah
Brilliant weekend in the peak district, wit...
November 2021
Joanna
Brilliant weekend in the peak district, wit...
November 2021
Joanna
Brilliant weekend in the peak district, wit...
November 2021
Joanna
Brilliant weekend in the peak district, wit...
November 2021
Joanna
Brilliant weekend in the peak district, wit...
November 2021
Joanna
Everything was well organised. The host wer...
September 2021
Emily
Everything was well organised. The host wer...
September 2021
Emily
Everything was well organised. The host wer...
September 2021
Emily
Everything was well organised. The host wer...
September 2021
Emily
I would really recommend this bike packing...
June 2021
Michellle

Learn about bikepacking - including what kit you need and how to load your bike - and practice riding on gravel tracks

Settle down for a night in a giant tepee as you stargaze in the Dark Peak area

Visit local cafes and pubs, enjoy fire-cooked food and a tasty nightcap - buckets full of fun in just one weekend

Key Information

Day 1

Roll through The Peaks

Cycling

60km · 1100m up · 1200m down

Collect your bike and bikepacking bags in Sheffield city centre and head straight into the heart of the Peak District. Ride out to the overnight camp along a wiggly, 60km route that takes in gravel tracks and quiet lanes. Expect at least one stop at a cafe for a coffee and cake refuel and at a rural pub to sample some of the local ale.

Explore the moorlands, reservoirs, quarries, farms, villages and famous climbs of this gorgeous part of the country and then find a spot inside the giant tepee. Settle down by the fire, tuck into delicious home-cooked food and enjoy the Dark Peak area, famous for the quality of its stargazing.

Day 2

Hope Valley

Cycling

60km · 900m up · 800m down

After breakfast, head through Castleton and down the famous Mam Nick road to Edale. As you descend from Windy Knoll, you'll pass the ancient hill fort of Mam Tor before stopping for another cafe lunch. Make your way back to Sheffield via The Peak's best roads and bridleways, ending near the train station in the late afternoon in time for a celebratory pint!

Day 1

Tipi · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

The food provided will be home cooked and vegetarian. Think hearty stew for dinner and a cooked breakfast before you leave on Sunday morning. Cycling snacks are also provided, so there's no risk of getting hungry on this trip. Vegans can be catered for, just let your host know upon booking.

What is the accommodation like?

Tepee

You'll spend the night in a giant tepee in an area famous for its stargazing. Each tepee sleeps 5 people maximum, with plenty of space to spare and are part of a working farm that also has a shower block and toilet. There's also a wonderful farm shop that's well worth checking out!

Upgrades

Please let your host know if you would like to book a private tent for the night. See Optional Extras for prices.

The Area

map

Logistics

Starts

Central Sheffield - near the train station

09:30 on Day 1

Ends

Central Sheffield - near the train station

16:00 on Day 2

Transfers

No transfers are needed as you’ll ride out of Sheffield and ride back in at the end.

Travel options

There are regular trains to Sheffield from across the UK. Your host will confirm the exact meeting point before your adventure begins.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's available to hire?

  • Private tent
  • Sleeping bag & mat (See Optional Extras for costs)

What do I need to bring?

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag and mat (if not hiring) *Please ensure that these are small and lightweight so packable into a bikepacking saddle bag. *

Clothes

  • Cycling clothes
  • Cycling shoes (if used)
  • Cycling helmet
  • Off the bike clothes – warm layers for campfire cooking and relaxing
  • Something warm to sleep in
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm gloves

Other

  • Head torch
  • Washbag and toiletry items
  • Towel (optional)
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Single Tent at Overnight Camp

Payable Before Departure

Single Tent at Overnight Camp

Sleeping Bag & Mat Hire

Payable Before Departure

Sleeping Bag & Mat Hire

Per Person

Joanna(September 2022)

An excellent, well-paced introduction to bikepacking. The highlights for us were the stunning scenery and the local guides. Luke and Pete were knowledgeable, supportive, and able to adapt the route to the group's interests and abilities. We'd very happily book with them again.

Carys(September 2022)

You’re going to suffer. But you're going to like it.

Everett(September 2022)
Beatyfull views - the perfect trip to build...
Beatyfull views - the perfect trip to build...
Beatyfull views - the perfect trip to build...
Beatyfull views - the perfect trip to build...
Beatyfull views - the perfect trip to build...

Beatyfull views - the perfect trip to build confidence if you are interested in taking up bake packing. I learnt a lot and feel like I can now go out and organise my own trip

Anna(September 2022)
Beautiful route, I managed (just)but there...

Beautiful route, I managed (just)but there is a lot of climbing involved. Overall good challenge. Luke was a great guide and host, highlight of the day was food in the camp he prepared.

Sarah(September 2022)
This was genuinely one of the best weekends...

This was genuinely one of the best weekends I've had in months if not years. The route was beautiful, the guides were patient and knowledgeable, the equipment was high-quality. The provisions at the overnight camp exceeded all expectations (one of the guides pulled out a chemex!!!). So impressed, can't wait to book onto my next trip with them.

Joe(July 2022)

The trio exceeded our expectations and has left the whole group itching to book a similar ride. The success was entirely down to the guides, who were incredibly welcoming and encouraging. Their set up, kit and approachability made the experience. All kit seemed very well serviced and the guys running the event were able to make micro adjustments throughout the ride. Before arriving, we were anxious about fitness, but the route was well planned with lots of food stops, and walking up steep hill sections was encouraged if needed. Would highly recommend

Jack(July 2022)
An awesome and simple trip! Never been to a...
An awesome and simple trip! Never been to a...
An awesome and simple trip! Never been to a...

An awesome and simple trip! Never been to anywhere on my own before and decided to join a group of strangers to ride through the Peak District! Was not disappointed at all! The trip surpassed all expectations although it was very difficult to complete the trip without walking multiple times! I’m fit but not serious gravel incline for 30 minute on a thin tyred bike fit! If you can cycle competently and are confident going for hours at a time then you will love this trip, the people were really nice and the group leaders (2) were very supportive and very knowledgeable in both the area and bike packing! Would recommend to everyone! Got very tired but was totally worth it! 10/10

Dan(July 2022)
Fab weekend gravelbiking with a small group...
Fab weekend gravelbiking with a small group...
Fab weekend gravelbiking with a small group...

Fab weekend gravelbiking with a small group, great introduction to the sport and the lakes, well choreographed and led weekend, highly recommend.

Georgia(June 2022)
Great weekend in the peaks with some good c...
Great weekend in the peaks with some good c...
Great weekend in the peaks with some good c...

Great weekend in the peaks with some good country lanes, exciting gravel trails and nice climbs! Stef and Dave were very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. A great intro to riding with a loaded bike and a welcome change from the road bike!

Peter(June 2022)

Yes

Hannah(May 2022)
Amazing trip that I would highly recommend....
Amazing trip that I would highly recommend....
Amazing trip that I would highly recommend....
Amazing trip that I would highly recommend....

Amazing trip that I would highly recommend. Stef was a fantastic guide. The cycling was ambitious but achievable and geared towards the groups ability. A lovely group of people made for a great weekend of cycling, wild swimming, delicious food and camp fire chats.

Liga(May 2022)

Great trip - would do it again. Well organised and a great guide.

Paul(May 2022)

This was an amazing trip. There were so many highlights, but one has to be the opportunity for wild swimming during our cycling trek. Everything was very sustainable, from our metal cups to the trusty spork. Our guide, Stef, was brilliant. He is extremely knowledgeable about bikepacking, and just overall a genuinely nice guy. I highly recommend this trip for both keen cyclists and novices.

Joanna(November 2021)
Brilliant weekend in the peak district, wit...
Brilliant weekend in the peak district, wit...