Introduction to Bikepacking in the Peak District
Bikepack the finest gravel tracks and lanes of the Hope Valley and stargaze from a tepee
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
- 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
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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
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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.
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.
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.
Your cycling adventure ends in Sheffield at approx. 4pm on Sunday in central Sheffield, near the train station.
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