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Adventures / Remote Rides

Introduction to Bikepacking in the Peak District

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

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Adventures / Remote Rides

Introduction to Bikepacking in the Peak District

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

DURATION
1 night
LOCATION
United Kingdom
ANNUAL LEAVE
0 days off work
SEASON
Apr-Oct
GROUP SIZE
Up to 16 people
MEETING POINT
Sheffield, UK
ACCOMMODATION
Tipi
DIFFICULTY
Moderate

You'll need previous cycling experience and to be comfortable with some long climbs and fun descents.

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

Included

Guides

Expert cycling guide and bike mechanic

Accommodation

1 night in a giant tepee

Meals

1 camp dinner and 1 breakfast

Equipment

Surley Straggler bikes and Ortlieb bikepacking bags provided

Not Included

Travel to and from the start point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Some meals as described

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Central Sheffield - near the train station

10:00 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.

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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.

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!

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.

15% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock, Runner's Need, and Cycle Surgery.

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)

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)

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

The route is roughly 60% paved lanes and 40% gravel/un-surfaced roads. There are also a couple of optional single-track sections for anyone wanting to give them a go.

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

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

You are welcome to bring your own bike, but if you do please make sure it’s 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.

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

This trip is designed so that you can turn up with a rucksack and 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 safely stored ready for collection at the end.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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