ESCAPADE SERIES: 5-9 MID-WEEKERS

Our series of 5-9 mid-week bikepacking overnight adventures, from the heart of towns and cities. Meet at 17.00, escape, and return to civilisation for 09.00…

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Location

LONDON, MANCHESTER & BRISTOL

# Nights

1

Distance

80-130KM (VARIES)

Terrain

GRAVEL / ROAD

Join

£69

Group

6-16

Escapade: London (LDN) sees us escape into the Surrey Hills – along gravel tracks, country lanes and fire roads for a night of social, food, drink supping and stargazing in the lovely British countryside. Expect a long ride out from the suburbs, a pub stop and good night’s sleep before an early breakfast, #coffeeoutside and direct ride back into London for 09.00. The train back is also an option, providing you are super early, or happy to leave after rush-hour…

Escapade: Manchester (MCR) sees us escape into the heart of the Peak District – along country lanes and gravel tracks for a night of social, food, drink supping and stargazing in the stunning Peakland countryside. Expect a long ride out from the suburbs, a pub stop and good night’s sleep before an early breakfast, #coffeeoutside and direct ride back into Manchester for 09.00. The train back is also an option, providing you are super early, or happy to leave after rush-hour…

Escapade: Bristol (MCR) TBC

LONDON (LDN) DATES
MANCHESTER (MCR) DATES
BRISTOL (BRS) DATES
ESCAPADE SCHEDULE
DAY I

MEET – 16.30
RIDE-OUT – 17.00

Meet on the outskirts of London/Manchester and into the Surrey Hills/Peak District, respectively. End at a country pub, before heading to our bunkhouse accommodation for pizza-making and sundowners…

Accommodation: Bunkhouse. Beds provided. Sleeping Bags needed.

DAY II

An early start for coffee and a light breakfast before a direct road ride into central London/Manchester, for 09.00. The train back in, is an option on all Escapades…

TOUR INCLUSIONS

>> Overnight accommodation
>> Evening meal and breakfast
>> Bunkhouse welcome drink
>> Guided ride
>> GPS routes for both days

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

>> Travel to and from start/end point
>> Alcoholic drinks
>> Travel/riding insurance
>> Bike and sleep kit hire, if required

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ESCAPADE: London, Manchester & Bristol

Joining: London
This tour starts in Richmond at 17:00 on day one of the itinerary. The exact location will be sent out to all riders once booked on. Please aim to arrive promptly so we can get away on the bikes and miss the evening traffic leaving London.
Train >> The closest overground stations are Putney, Wimbledon and Barnes.
Ride >> Richmond Park is a short ride from central London.

Joining: Manchester
This tour starts in Marple (TBC) at 17:00 on day one of the itinerary. The exact location will be sent out to all riders once booked on. Please aim to arrive promptly so we can get away on the bikes and miss the evening traffic leaving Manchester.
Train >> The closest stations are Marple and New Mills.
Ride >> Marple is a short ride from central Manchester.

Joining: Bristol
TBC

Please do not book non-refundable travel before a tour has been guaranteed to go ahead [see our general FAQs]

Food and drink
One evening meal and one breakfast are included on this tour. All or meals are vegetarian with meat and vegan options available. Please let us know of any specific dietary requirements on booking.

One welcome drink is included at the bunkhouse. If we have time we will stop at a country pub close to our accommodation for a drink. There will also be an honesty bar, stocked with all your favourites, at the bunkhouse for those wanting more drinks in the evening.

Accommodation
We spend one night in bunkhouse accommodation. The accommodation is clean, comfortable and a lovely place to stay. Rooms are in a shared dorm with shared facilities – no private rooms are available.

You will need to bring a sleeping bag or a liner to use at the bunkhouse as bedding is not supplied.

What to bring
Adventure bike (Off-road tourer, gravel bike, CX bike)
Bikepacking bags (unless hiring)
Sleeping bag
Cycling kit, shoes, helmet
Off the bike clothes – a simple change of clothes to sleep and relax in for the evening
Waterproof jacket
Head torch

Bike details
We ride a mixed-terrain route on this tour so we recommend bringing a bike that can handle some light off-road use. A gravel bike, cyclocross bike or adventure bike would be ideal. We don’t recommend using a mountain bike purely because of the distances. We recommend using a minimum tyre width of 33mm. Road bikes are not suitable for this tour.

Route Information 
Our routes are a mixture of paved and unpaved roads. Please note that the roads will be busy at times when leaving/entering the Cities, though we have done our best to use cycle lanes and quiet ways where possible. Once out of London and Manchester we use mainly single-track lanes, forest roads and bridleways, which are mostly hard-packed sand and gravel.

Health & Fitness
Please read the daily cycling distances and be confident in your ability to complete them before booking onto this tour. The rides are not overly challenging but do require previous cycling experience, especially when riding within the cities. There are a few ups and downs on the route – especially on Escapade: Manchester – so we recommend you have a reasonable level of fitness to complete the tour.

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