Introducing the UK’s first bikefishing experience* – three days of the finest gravel riding x road cycling x fly-fishing – in and around Nidderdale: England and Yorkshire’s “Secret Dale”…
Expect everything of a typical Pannier bikepacking trip: off-the-beaten track adventures with home comforts, guided/hosted cycling at a steady and accessible 15KPH pace, group social and atmosphere, quality food and drink outdoors … and then cast-in the fly-fishing experience and tuition for our first bike-fishing trip; the reel deal…
“Many m̶e̶n̶ people go fishing all of their lives, without knowing that is not fish they are after” Henry David Thoreau
27 – 29 May 2021
40km // 400m+
The tour starts at the Bunkhouse, just after lunchtime, before setting up bikes and heading out for an exploration ride of the surrounding area, and a basic introduction to fly fishing with guide, Oscar. In the evening we will socialise over meal and drinks, a fly tying demonstration and an overview of the days to come…
50-80km // 600-1000m+
After a hearty breakfast and #coffeeoutside, we will load the bikes with our fishing equipment and food for the day and set off on a road/gravel loop ride, taking in today’s fishing spot. We will spend some time fly fishing in the River Nidd under the guidance of guide, Oscar, and hopefully catch some fish! We’ll end up riding back to our accommodation and on to a local pub for a hearty meal and a few drinks…
Food: Breakfast, Lunch
50km // +600-1000m
…wake up in glorious Nidderdale for one last time, for breakfast, social, and one last road/gravel loop ride. Ride optional
DEPART – AFTERNOON
>> Adventure Bike & Accessories
>> Bikepacking Bags
[Fishing Rods & Fishing Consumables included]
>> 2 days adventure cycling with Pannier guides
>> Two days guided/instructed fly fishing with Oscar Boatfield – Bear FlyFish
>> Bunkhouse accommodation
>> Pannier Tourer Pack
>> Bear Flyfish custom accessory bag
>> Fly fishing equipment hire and consumables
>> All meals listed in the itinerary
>> Fishing ticket/permits
>> Travel to and from Pannier Bunkhouse
>> Riding/travel Insurance
>> Alcoholic drinks and souvenirs
>> Snacks and extra stops not listed in the itinerary
>> Bike hire
>> Environment Agency Rod licence – we will send a link for purchasing your rod licence pre-trip. They’re not expensive
>> Pub meal on the final evening
*Please see Trip FAQ/Field Notes for more info, and note about booking travel before a tour is guaranteed*
The Pannier Base is just outside Ramsgill, in the Nidderdale AONB
Nearest Stations: Harrogate. We can send you a GPX for a lovely 40km route from Harrogate to the Bunkhouse. Let us know if you plan on riding to the start and we will do our best to recommend routes if coming from other areas…
Parking is available. 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.
*following extensive research online
The boring stuff. Sorry.
To confirm your place(s) on the Tour, we require a 50% deposit. At which point, we’ll be in touch via email or over the phone to have a chat about your requirements / arrangements. Please don’t book travel to Yorkshire until the Tour is 100% confirmed by us 🙂
Pannier (Pannier Ltd) is a Tour Operator, and is compliant with the Package Travel Regulations 1992. We do not arrange or book travel to and from our Camps/Tours.
Our Booking T&Cs need to be agreed to/signed in order to secure a place on our Camps.
Our Hire T&Cs will need to be agreed to/signed on arrival at a Pannier Basecamp, if you are hiring anything from us.
In accordance with the Package Travel Regulations, Pannier Ltd is is a company committed to customer satisfaction and consumer financial protection. At no extra cost to you, and in accordance with The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations 1992 all passengers booking with Pannier Ltd are fully insured for the initial deposit, and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form. The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Pannier Ltd. This insurance has been arranged by Towergate Chapman Stevens through Zurich Insurance PLC. Exclusions: Travel Insurance, and any claim relating to Air Flights.
FAQ / Field Notes
Bikefishing: Yorkshire Dales / Nidderdale
Joining instructions >>
The tour starts and ends near Ramsgill, in Nidderdale AONB.
Full joining instructions including parking information, addresses and timings will be sent out to all riders four-six weeks before departure.
We recommend you arrive at Pannier Base by 13.30-14.00 at the latest on day one to allow time to check in, sort kit out and meet the Pannier team before heading out on the planned intro ride.
If you are bringing your own bike we recommend you allow more time to re-build / sort your bike on day one as there will be limited time to build bikes in the afternoon before we ride off.
Please do not book non refundable travel before a tour has been guaranteed to go ahead [see our general FAQs]
Bike details >>
This tour is across mixed terrain – you will encounter paved road, gravel, rocks and sometimes mud. We recommend using a gravel/cyclocross/adventure bike with a minimum tyre width of 38mm. A cross country mountain bike would also be well suited to the terrain. A typical road bike is not suitable for the riding on this tour.
Our hire bikes for this tour are Surly Straggler adventure bikes with low gearing, 700c X 41mm tyres and a Brooks Cambium saddle. Please note: This is subject to change if, for example, we have too much demand for specific sizes.
Food & Drink >>
All breakfasts, all lunches and two evening meals are included on this tour. All tasty, hearty meals are cooked by Pannier guides and are generally vegetarian, vegan and meat options will be available. If the weather is nice we will do as much cooking outside as possible and welcome you to get involved.
Riding snacks are included throughout but please bring a selection of your favourite snacks with you as well.
Alcoholic beverages are available on most nights of the tour, please make sure you have some cash if you wish to purchase alcohol.
On the last night we visit a traditional country pub. This meal is not included in the tour price.
Dietary Requirements >>
We are, of course, happy and able to cater for all. Please let us know as soon as possible about any requirements (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free) or allergies so we can work on meal plans and contact the eateries we visit, if required.
On this tour we spend three nights in a beautiful rural bunkhouse. The accommodation is basic with shared rooms and facilities, it is clean, comfortable and a lovely place to stay. There is a great communal area and plenty of space to relax. Bedding is supplied.
Cycling Routes >>
The route is roughly 60% on paved roads and 40% on gravel/unsurfaced roads. The unsurfaced sections are well maintained and not too technical. Some previous experience of cycling on gravel would be recommended but is not essential. There are some sections where you will need to push your bike, these are only short sections and allow us to link up some incredible routes…
What to bring >>
Bike (if not hiring from us)
Cycling kit, jackets, shoes, gloves, helmet and pedals
Bikepacking bags (if not hiring from us)
Off-the-bike Clothing – warm layers, warm jacket, warm hat
Off-the-bike Shoes – for use at Basecamp and accommodation
Favourite Ride Snacks (we do provide food and snacks)
Any of your own fishing kit you might want to bring.
General information >>
Most nationalities do not need a visa to visit the UK. If you are unsure, please check www.gov.uk for details.
There are no mandatory vaccinations for the UK.
You will need a passport or identity card that is valid for the entirety of your stay.
Average temperatures for Wales are between 16° / 4° Celsius. We hope to have warm and sunny weather but rainfall can’t be ruled out. It can be warmer, and definitely colder (especially if wet) so please be prepared and pack appropriately.
Local currency is GBP£
All food and drinks are included, apart from the pub meal on the last night.
We pass a couple of shops on route, you will need some cash if you want to purchase drinks, snacks and souvenirs.
The pub on the last night accepts most credit/debit cards.
Health and Fitness
Please make sure you have read through the itinerary and are confident you can complete the distances and elevation listed before booking.
Please make us aware of any ongoing injuries or health issues before travelling with us. This information will be requested before departure as it is vital we know of anything before heading to remote areas.
If you are an overseas visitor on this Tour, you are likely to need riding insurance. Please contact us for more information.
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