Gravel biking in the Chilterns. Photo: Host/Wild Cycles
4.9
| 19 reviews

Intro to Gravel Riding Weekender

2 nights
Moderate

Develop your mixed-terrain cycling skills on ancient byways and woodland tracks in the English countryside

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert cycling guides

Bell Tent

2 nights camping in bell tents

Meals

2 breakfasts and 2 dinners

Transfers

Arrival pick-up from the train station at a fixed time, and departure drop off

Equipment

Mix of Sonder Camino gravel bike (drop bars) & Sonder Frontier rigid (straight bars)

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 12 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.9
| 19 reviews
Brilliant weekend cycling! Beautiful scenery
May 2024
Liga H.
Brilliant weekend cycling! Beautiful scenery
May 2024
Liga H.
Loved every minute of my third MBA trip. Th...
October 2023
Elizabeth
Loved every minute of my third MBA trip. Th...
October 2023
Elizabeth
Loved every minute of my third MBA trip. Th...
October 2023
Elizabeth
Loved every minute of my third MBA trip. Th...
October 2023
Elizabeth
Loved every minute of my third MBA trip. Th...
October 2023
Elizabeth
Thank you to our camp and ride leaders! Hos...
August 2023
Antoinette
Thank you to our camp and ride leaders! Hos...
August 2023
Antoinette
I loved every minute of this trip! We were...
August 2023
Clare
I loved every minute of this trip! We were...
August 2023
Clare
I loved every minute of this trip! We were...
August 2023
Clare
The gravel cycling intro weekend was a grea...
August 2023
Ors
The gravel cycling intro weekend was a grea...
August 2023
Ors
The gravel cycling intro weekend was a grea...
August 2023
Ors
The gravel cycling intro weekend was a grea...
August 2023
Ors
Had a great time on this trip. The campsite...
June 2023
Alice
Would 100% recommend...
June 2023
Amanda
Would 100% recommend...
June 2023
Amanda
This is an extremely fun cycling weekend th...
May 2023
Kathy
This is an extremely fun cycling weekend th...
May 2023
Kathy
This is an extremely fun cycling weekend th...
May 2023
Kathy
I cannot stress enough how the hosts of thi...
May 2023
Sophie
I cannot stress enough how the hosts of thi...
May 2023
Sophie
I cannot stress enough how the hosts of thi...
May 2023
Sophie
Gravel biking in the Chilterns. Photo: Host/Wild Cycles
Gravel Biking, Chilterns, UK, Wild Cycles
Gravel Biking, UK, WildCycles
Cycling along chalk trails in the Chilterns. Photo: Host/Wild Cycles
sonder camino, gravel bike, Chilterns, UK, Wild Cycles

Discover the joy of off-road riding on gravel bikes, following hand-picked routes through the beautiful landscapes of the Chiltern Hills

Pedal along the Ridgeway, Britain’s oldest road, learning key gravel riding skills and techniques from expert guides

Bed down under the stars in bell tents, enjoying après-cycle vibes around the campfire with a bunch of like-minded souls

Key Information

Day 1

Your weekend adventure begins!

Campsite, Chilterns, England, UK, Intro to Gravel Biking, Wild Cycles

Clock off for the weekend and get ready for an invigorating adventure, gravel riding and camping in the idyllic countryside of the Chiltern Hills. A designated 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' on the doorstep of London, the Chilterns are a haven for traffic-free cycling and the perfect playground for honing your skills. Rock up in time for an evening meal and enjoy getting to know your biking companions beside the campfire.

Day 2

The Ridgeway & Ashridge National Trust Estate

Ridgeway, Chilterns, UK, Cycling, WildCycles

Cycling

5-6 hrs · 55km · 660m up · 660m down

Rise and shine early to make the most of a full day. After breakfast, you'll have a safety briefing and an introduction to your bike, followed by a route overview and an explanation of what to expect. Over the next two days, you'll be taught about adventure prep and planning, equipment essentials and fundamentals of off-road gravel riding (including ascending, descending, gear selection, cornering and braking). Today's route features a blend of country lanes, farm tracks, trails and bridleways, including a section of the Ridgeway - Britain’s oldest road, which runs along the edge of a spectacular chalk plateau. You'll wind your way through the stunning Ashridge National Trust Estate with its endless smooth gravel trails meandering through ancient woodland lanes, ending at a fabulous viewpoint. Lunch stop will be at the Chilterns' coolest bike cafe, and in the evening you'll reflect on learnings from the day's ride back at the campsite, with a healthy home-cooked meal and sundowners around the fire.

Day 3

Grand Union Canal & Wendover Woods

Cycling along the Grand Union Canal. Photo: Host/Wild Cycles

Cycling

4-5 hrs · 45km · 390m up · 390m down

Recap on the techniques and experiences from yesterday, along with another safety briefing for the ride ahead. Roll out of the camp onto a carefully designed route which features slightly trickier terrain to reinforce and put into practice the same techniques. You'll encounter picturesque forest tracks, the Grand Union Canal, and the cycling wonderland that is Wendover Woods. This Forestry Commission site perched atop the highest point in the Chiltern Hills features a maze of sublime, sweeping gravel tracks through the woodland. By mid-afternoon you'll be back at the campsite, to pack up and toast to a great social weekend of two-wheel adventuring.

Day 1

Bell Tent · Multi share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Bell Tent · Multi share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Snacks, Gravel Riding, Chilterns, England, Intro to Gravel Biking, WildCycles

Enjoy delicious home-cooked meals by the fireside on Friday and Saturday evenings. Your hosts will cook up meals featuring locally-sourced produce with vegetarian and vegan options, plus a selection of brews and non-alcoholic drinks. Breakfasts at the campsite include homemade Bircher muesli, granola, pastries, fruit, fresh coffee and tea. You'll also get some snacks to keep you going during the rides! On Saturday you'll stop mid-ride at the Chilterns' coolest bike cafe for a chance to grab a bite of lunch (not included) and a pit stop will also be factored in around lunchtime on Sunday.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request this in advance on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Campsite, Gravel Riding, UK,WildCycles
Bell Tents

You’ll be staying in a beauty of a camp, tucked away deep in the countryside - it will be hard to believe you're less than an hour from London! The weekend experience includes two nights in a fully-equipped canvas bell tent 'village', complimented by a cosy evening campfire: chilled, under-the-stars fireside vibes guaranteed. The campsite is set up with bell tents and separate eating and cooking areas. The tents vary in size, each sleeping either 2, 3 or 4 people. Depending on the makeup of the group, your guides will distribute the rooming arrangements and make sure that everyone feels comfortable. Camp beds are provided, so you just need to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. The campsite has bathroom and showering facilities.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private tent can be booked for an extra charge (subject to availability). Please request this at the time of booking - a limited number of single tents are available and these will be confirmed on a first come first served basis. Note that this will be a standard design small tent as opposed to a bell tent. See Optional Extras for the price.

The Area

map

Logistics

Starts

Tring Train Station

18:30 hrs on Day 1

Ends

Tring Train Station

Afternoon on Day 3

Transfers

The campsite is situated approx. 4km from Tring station, and you'll be sent the address by the host after booking. Your host will organise a group transfer from the station to the farm at 18:30 hrs on Day 1. If arriving later then you should get a taxi to arrive at the campsite independently.

Travel options

For anyone arriving by road, cars can be parked at the campsite for the duration of the weekend. Your host will send you the address after booking.

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 included?

  • Adventure bikes (see FAQs)
  • Shared Bell Tents
  • Individual camp beds

What do I need to bring?

CYCLING

  • Your own helmet (compulsory), which conforms to current safety standards
  • Cycling shoes (bring your own pedals if using cleats)
  • Pedals and saddle if you would rather use your own (these will be fitted to the bike for you. The host provides either flat or SPD MTB pedals and will discuss your choice with you beforehand.)
  • Refillable water bottles

BAGS

  • Main luggage bag e.g. duffel bag or rucksack
  • Small daypack, bumbag or frame/handbar bag to carry basic essentials in while riding

CLOTHES

  • Padded cycling shorts
  • Sports tops or cycling jerseys
  • Breathable wicking layers
  • Cycling gloves
  • Down jacket, fleece or similar for the evenings
  • Trousers/leggings for the evenings
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Buff or neck scarf
  • Warm hat
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear and socks
  • Sunglasses/eye protection
  • Sunhat
  • Something to sleep in
  • Sandals

SLEEPING

  • Sleeping bag
  • Travel pillow

OTHER

  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Personal medications
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Headtorch or torch
  • Reusable water bottle x1 litre
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Private Single Tent

Payable Before Departure

Private Single Tent

Danielle D.(May 2024)
This was a lovely trip!

This was a lovely trip! The cycling was fun, the countryside was beautiful, and the food was delicious! John was a great guide and made gravel riding feel very accessible. Would recommend!

Ali K.(May 2024)
A fabulous weekend in the

A fabulous weekend in the Chilterns gaining confidence with gravel riding on a range of terrain. Superb routes in lovely countryside. Real thought and attention to detail in the briefings, camp facilities and food which was amazing.

Liga H.(May 2024)
Brilliant weekend cycling! Beautiful scenery
Brilliant weekend cycling! Beautiful scenery

Brilliant weekend cycling! Beautiful scenery and such great hosts. Would definitely recommend ❤️

Sam(November 2023)

Great trip, all staff at wild cycles were brilliant, couldnt be more helpful.

Jacques(November 2023)

What a great weekend adventure! Fantastic hosts, amazing scenery and delicious food. As someone who has only cycled on the road, it was not too challenging and John provides plenty of coaching along the way. Can’t recommend it enough!

Elizabeth(October 2023)
Loved every minute of my third MBA trip. Th...
Loved every minute of my third MBA trip. Th...
Loved every minute of my third MBA trip. Th...
Loved every minute of my third MBA trip. Th...
Loved every minute of my third MBA trip. Th...

Loved every minute of my third MBA trip. The other riders were interesting and amusing, the venue was excellent and John, Beatrice and Nick looked after us throughout the weekend. Would definitely recommend!

Suman(October 2023)

The weekend was a great intro into gravel riding, pitched at a level to suit all abilities with a reasonable level of fitness. The equipment, food and accommodation provided were first class.

Charlotte(October 2023)

Great hosts, insightful and a fantastic location for anyone interested in an introduction to Gravel biking. Big thankyou to MBA & associates for another epic adventure: )

Sharon(August 2023)

Fabulous hosts - could not have been better, nothing was too much trouble and the home cooked food was fantastic. The highlight was the confidence I gained through Jon's expert guidance and encouragement

Antoinette(August 2023)
Thank you to our camp and ride leaders! Hos...
Thank you to our camp and ride leaders! Hos...

Thank you to our camp and ride leaders! Hosted by the very excellent John, Beatrice and Nick. I was a first time gravel rider and first time camper. Slick operation from start to finish. The cycling was pitched to everyone in a way that gave them confidence. We rode as a team and we encouraged each other irrespective of different abilities and speeds. Great meals and hospitality throughout. Advice to those thinking of booking: you'll need grit, you'll leave with a unique experience. My only regret was not packing more snacks/creature comforts - but, first time camper, had no idea what to expect and it was still great.

Clare(August 2023)
I loved every minute of this trip! We were...
I loved every minute of this trip! We were...
I loved every minute of this trip! We were...

I loved every minute of this trip! We were really well looked after by John and Beatrice. The food was amazing and John was a font of all knowledge of all things cycling. I loved the bike I was provided with. Now I can love both Road and off-road cycling. A fantastic trip that has done me the world of good, both mentally and physically!

Ors(August 2023)
The gravel cycling intro weekend was a grea...
The gravel cycling intro weekend was a grea...
The gravel cycling intro weekend was a grea...
The gravel cycling intro weekend was a grea...

The gravel cycling intro weekend was a great way to built confidence on this type of bike & terrain. Special thanks to John, Beatrice and Nick for the warm welcome and being excellent hosts/guides. It was also great to meet fellow riders/adventurers and share good times in the camp.

Jess(June 2023)

Incredible weekend with the team. John, Beatrice and Nick were so thoughtful, kind, knowledgeable and approachable. Great little touches throughout the weekend that made it feel so personalised and special. Would 100% recommend this trip, great vibes all round. Felt safe and looked after, and the biking was awesome! So nice to unwind and feel so looked after. Thank you!

Alice(June 2023)
Had a great time on this trip. The campsite...

Had a great time on this trip. The campsite was super nice. The cycle was a great way to get out and explore nature. Beautiful scenery to cycle through! Would recommend.

Amanda(June 2023)
Would 100% recommend...
Would 100% recommend...

Would 100% recommend

Kathy(May 2023)
This is an extremely fun cycling weekend th...
This is an extremely fun cycling weekend th...
This is an extremely fun cycling weekend th...

This is an extremely fun cycling weekend thanks to John, Beatrice and Nick as hosts. They have a prime camping spot overlooking the spectacular countryside in the Chiltern Hills. There is plenty of healthy, home-made food throughout the weekend and a homely, clean and welcoming campsite. John and Beatrice went out of their way to make sure everyone was warm, fed, safe and having fun. The cycling is varied and at a comfortable pace, with plenty of stops to take in the beautiful countryside and eat/drink/rest. If you love the outdoors and you enjoy being active, this trip is perfect!

Hannah(May 2023)