Our Introduction to Bikepacking courses will transform you from Bikepacking Newbie to Hero. Over two fun-filled days you will gain the skills, experience and confidence to embark on your own overnight adventures and imprint your tyre-tracks into the dirt trails and gravel roads of the British Isles… and beyond! Completion of our introduction course also gives the opportunity to join one of our advanced bikepacking trips.
Introduction to Bikepacking teaches the following skills;
- Wild camping.
- Required equipment and packing techniques.
- Route planning.
- Handling a loaded bike on varied terrain.
- Basic bike repairs.
- Cooking nutritious meals in the wild.
- Emergency protocols.
Organisation was extremely well done and the entire trip ran flawlessly.
50 miles / 2 Days
Having fun and exploring wild beauty is at the core of every Cycle Britain trip. We have three venues for our bikepacking courses. In Snowdonia, we ride through rugged terrain and sleep in the shadow of Wales’s highest mountain. In Salisbury Plain, we criss-cross a vast chalk grassland past the world’s most significant prehistoric sites and camp on the banks of the River Avon. In the Peak District, we undulate over the Dark and White peaks, cross barren moorland, quaint villages, tough climbs, and enjoy a campsite with a view. Wherever you join us, stunning riding awaits.
Our guides are expert bikepackers with an intimate knowledge of their area. We tailor the exact route and training to the weather conditions and group capabilities. Combined with our small maximum group size of six riders, this ensures an intimate and personalised tour with great cycling development.
Sleep under the stars in stunning Snowdonia
Become a Bikepacking Hero ready to tackle your own adventures.
Learn new bikepacking skills and techniques from expert guides.
Ride through one of Britain’s most stunning and fascinating landscapes.
Making new friends and enjoying the camaraderie of riding in a group of 6.
Full vehicle support. We carry your bags, distribute food and assist with any medical or mechanical problems.
Explore the forests and mountains surrounding Betws-y-Coed.
- Summary of the Tour
- Dates and Prices
- What’s Included
- What’s Not Included
Summary of the Tour.
Bike Handling, Bike Mechanics and Camp-Craft (25 miles)
On the first day we cycle across mixed terrain soaking up the beautiful surroundings. We stop several times to learn new skills such as climbing and descending on rough terrain, cornering, and basic bike mechanics. These are taught through a series of fun games and competitions.
By late afternoon, we approach our campsite and learn about wild camping, camp-craft and minimising our impact on these fragile environments. After dinner cooked on our personal stoves, we enjoy an evening under the stars.
Navigating and Advanced Bike Handling (25 miles)
We break camp and enjoy a hearty breakfast. Day two focuses on navigation and everyone is given the opportunity to plan a section of the day’s riding. We develop some of the skills we learned yesterday and continue riding through picturesque landscapes.
Our tour concludes with a final group discussion, inevitably over a well-earned coffee and cake or celebratory beer. By now you will feel confident and motivated to head off on your own adventures.
A few weeks before your tour we organise an evening of online discussion. This will be a mix of engaging storytelling to get you motivated, a discussion of the finer points of bikepacking and some gear recommendations. This is also a chance for you to ask any questions!
You’ll meet your fellow bikepacking adventurers and tour guide at Betws-y-Coed train station. This tour combines fun lessons and games which develop bikepacking skills with a stunning off-road journey through the beauty of Snowdonia. We twist through Gwydir forest, steadily weaving our way towards Capel Curig. We stay at a fully-serviced campsite where you will learn about camp-craft, cooking delicious camp-stove meals and wild-camping in Britain.
On the second day, the focus is on route-planning and navigation. There’s more challenging riding over the mountains and forests of Snowdonia. A highlight of the day is rolling into Penmachno, a historic mining village with world-class mountain bike trails. Finally, we trace the River Conwy through Fairy Glen Forest back to Betws-y-Coed.
We conclude the trip with a final discussion, inevitably over a coffee and cake or celebratory beer. By now you should feel confident to set off on your own overnight adventures.
*We may tailor the route to account for weather conditions and group capabilities.
All our routes are available to our Komoot followers. Follow Cycle Britain on Komoot.
Pre-tour online meeting
A pre-tour online evening of storytelling and bikepacking discussion. A chance to ask your questions!
Our experienced bikepacking guides are passionate about teaching others how to go bikepacking.
One night in a stunning campsite.
Full vehicle support.
Our support vehicle and driver work hard behind-the-scenes. They carry your bags, prepare lunches, distribute snacks and assist with any medical and mechanical problems.
Unrivalled knowledge of cycling in Britain.
We pride ourselves on being the experts on British cycling.
Free nutrition, training and bike setup guides.
To help you prepare for this demanding tour, we provide information on what to eat, how to train, and how to setup your bike.
We provide delicious and nutritious lunches and snacks from the support vehicle.
What’s Not Included.
Bike, helmet and bikepacking bags.
Please provide your own bike, helmet and bikepacking bags. Get in touch if you have any questions regarding whether your equipment is appropriate.
Transport to/from Betws-y-Coed
This tour starts and finishes in Betws-y-Coed. It is easily accessible by car and train.
We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.
We will be glad to help organise accommodation before or after your trip.
We provide lunches and snacks from the support van. We will keep you updated with where breakfast and dinner can be bought and how much to carry.
We provide a recommended packing list. We have some spare camping equipment we can rent for a small fee.
One night of campsite accommodation in a stunning location.
We stay in a fully serviced campsite to comfort those who are camping for the first time. It is wild enough to be an adventure, but keeps a few home comforts!
This is a Grade 3 tour, which means it is suitable for ‘regular cyclists who enjoy regular cycling whether training indoor or outside.’ The focus is on a ‘half-day of cycling with fun stops and sightseeing.’
This tour unfolds along singletrack trails and gravel paths, ensuring not only your fitness but also your bike handling ability will be tested. This trip is even suitable for those who have never cycled off-road, however, as our expert guides will coach you in proper skills and technique.
The average daily distance is 25 miles. Over 2 days, you may climb up to 6,000 feet (1,800 metres).
Frequently Asked Questions.
Do you cater to vegan and vegetarian diets?
Absolutely! Inform us in advance of any dietary requirements and we will be glad to cater to you.
What level of fitness do I need?
This is a Grade 3 tour, which means it is suitable for ‘regular cyclists who enjoy regular cycling whether training indoor or outside.’ The focus is on a ‘half-day of cycling with fun stops and sightseeing.’ The average daily distance is 25 miles. Over 2 days, you may climb up to 6,000 feet (1,800 metres).
What level of support is offered?
This is a guided tour and includes full vehicle support meaning everything you need is taken care of. Your guide will lead the way and teach you bikepacking skills. We provide lunches and snacks, can carry your bags and resolve any medical or mechanical problems.
What kind of bike do I need?
A mountain or gravel bike is necessary for this trip as the route utilises gravel roads and dirt trails. Get in touch if you have any questions about whether your bike is suitable.
Can I use an e-bike?
E-bikes are welcome to join this course. You might just have to wait for us at the top of the hills though!
Let us know if you are bringing an e-bike so we can arrange for the campsite to charge your batteries.
What camping equipment do I need?
We will send a full packing list once you have booked onto the trip. You must bring an appropriate tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat and cooking stove. We have a limited collection of spare items which can be rented for a small fee.