INTRODUCTION TO BIKEPACKING

Our ‘Introduction to Bikepacking’ Weekend in the Peak District National Park. Expect two days of adventure, road & gravel cycling, camping & cooking outdoors with Pannier Guides…

Tour Difficulty Rating
Location

Peak District N.P. (UK)

# Nights

1

Distance / Climb

110KM / +1500M

Terrain

GRAVEL / TARMAC

Join

£165

Pedal out of Sheffield into the Peak District National Park for an overnight bikepacking ride with Pannier.cc. Expect The Peak’s famous gritstone edges and moorlands, gravel tracks and single-track roads. Garnished with the finest cafes stops and campfire cookouts – this jam packed weekend is guaranteed to get you hooked on bikepacking…

DATES
TOUR/COURSE SCHEDULE
DAY 1 (SATURDAY)

MEET, CENTRAL SHEFFIELD
09.30

>> Gravel / road ride out to Pannier Basecamp, in the heart of the Peak District National Park
>> Lunch-stop at our favourite cafe(s)
>> Evening camp meal and drinks
>> Social

Accommodation: Pannier Basecamp

DAY II (SUNDAY)

>> Camp brekky and #coffeeoutside

STRIKE CAMP 09.30

>> Ride back to Sheffield, via new roads and the area’s famous climbs, gravel tracks and trails
>> Cafe-stop at another of our favourites

DEPART, CENTRAL SHEFFIELD
16-17.00ish

TOUR/COURSE INCLUSIONS

>> One nights camping
>> Pannier.cc Tourer Pack
>> Mixed terrain (road and gravel) ride with Pannier.cc
>> 1 x evening meal, 1 x breakfast
>> hot / soft drinks on tap

TOUR/COURSE EXCLUSIONS

>> Travel to/from Sheffield
>> Bike & equipment hire – available on booking
>> Fancy / alcoholic drinks

JOINING

>> RIDE
Central Sheffield

> TRAIN
Nearest Stations: Sheffield

>> DRIVE
Please let us know if you’re planning on travelling in your own vehicle. We can be in touch about opportunities for car-shares etc.

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  • 24/04/2021 – 25/04/2021
  • 25/09/2021 – 26/09/2021
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Peak District Intro to Bikepacking 

Joining instructions >>
This tour starts in central Sheffield at 9am on the morning of day one. The exact location will be sent out before departure to all riders booked on. 

Please do not book non refundable travel before a tour has been guaranteed to go ahead [see our general FAQs]. We will be in touch to confirm when a tour is guaranteed.  

Getting there >>
If traveling from within the UK we recommend traveling via train, car or bike. The start point is within easy cycling and walking distance of Sheffield station. 

If you plan on driving to the start point, please feel free to contact us for advice on where to park and leave your vehicle over the weekend. All vehicles will be left at your own risk. 

Food & drink >>
There is one main evening meal and one breakfast included on this tour.

All cooking is done outside over the campfire and riders are encouraged to get involved. Our meals are all vegetarian and vegan/meat options will be available if requested. Please let us know of any dietary requirements and allergies once booked. 

We have a good selection of alcoholic beverages available on this tour. Drinks are available at our honesty bar, tally up your drinks and we will send a payment request after the tour. 

Accommodation >>
On this tour we spend one night at Pannier Basecamp in the heart of the Peak District N.P. Accommodation consists of either communal Tipi’s or private tents if requested in advance. 

You will need to bring a sleeping bag and ground mat to use at camp, or hire one from us. If hiring camp kit, it will be waiting for you at camp and you won’t need to carry it on the bike. 

You are of course welcome (and encouraged) to bring your own tent, bivvi or hammock if you would prefer to use your own. 

Bike details >>
The hire bikes on this tour are Surly Straggler adventure bikes.

If bringing your own bike please make sure it is 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. If bringing your own bike please do get in touch if you have any doubts as to weather it will be suitable.

If hiring bags you will receive a full set of Ortlieb Waterproof bags for the duration of the tour.

 

General information >>

Vaccinations >>
There are no specific health risks or required vaccinations for the UK. 

Weather >>
Average temperatures in the Peak District at the times we run this tour can range from highs of 17degC – lows of 6degC. The evenings can be cold so please pack some warm layers. 

Money >>
Local currency is Pound sterling £££

Cards are accepted throughout the route but we recommend bring some cash for small purchases.

Local time >>
GMT 

Route info >>
The route is roughly 60% on paved roads and 40% on gravel/unsurfaced roads. There are a couple of optional single-track sections for anyone wanting to give them a go which we will point out.

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

This tour is an ideal intro to gravel riding and bikepacking. Previous cycling experience is required but no previous off-road cycling experience is necessary. 

 

Health and fitness >>
Please read the full tour information regarding distances and elevation before booking. The route is undulating with some long climbs and descents and a level of fitness is required to complete the cycling involved. We ride as a group, with plenty of breaks, and no one gets left behind. We will likely be outside for the whole day (from 10am – 4pm). 

You will need to inform us of any ongoing injuries or health issues once booked, this information will be requested before departure. It is vital for us to know about anything before traveling into remote areas.

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