Join our very own local legend, coach and guide, Jim Barrow, who has bivvy’d all over the UK and North America, on this two-day introduction to the awesome fusion of mountain bikes and wild camping. Over these two days Jim will pass on his best advice and share his inspirational stories to ensure you are immersed and hooked into the adventurous and addictive world of bikepacking, all this, within an hour of London.
- Total price: £175pp | £215 (kit hire option)
- Deposit: £75pp (non-refundable)
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- Group size: 6 (max.)
- 2 guided rides on the South Downs
- 1 night wild camping
- Fully qualified MTB coach and guide
- All of Jim’s extensive knowledge of bikepacking
- Fun and interactive prep session in a stunning converted barn at the South Downs Bunkhouse
- Pub lunch in a 800 year old country pub on the Sunday
Day 1 – Itinerary
We will meet at 10am at the South Downs Bunkhouse where there is ample off-road parking. A brew and snacks will be waiting for you in the converted barn room where Jim will welcome you. In the next hour or so Jim will share some of this bikepacking adventures with some slides and videos before talking about the specifics of bikepacking such as the kit, culture and etiquette all before loading up your bikes before heading off for a riverside lunch at the tea rooms. The ride will be approximately 25-30 miles of rolling downland bridleways and woodland trails. Jim’s local knowledge is second-to-none and he’ll use all this knowledge to provide you with a superb and sociable afternoon ride. In true bikepacking tradition, you will have to drop off the ride to find supplies for dinner and breakfast in the morning and do not forget your hip flask for a cheeky wee-dram for story time at nightfall.
Day 2 – Itinerary
After a cosy and wonderful first night under the stars, it’ll be time to wake up to bird song and look forward to a warm cuppa and the excitement of the slightly unknown breakfast with your fellow bikepackers. After a leisurely start, you will break camp, re-pack your gear, leave no trace and set off for Sunday’s ride. This will include an introduction to riding singletrack with a laden bike with key tips and pointers from Jim in the forest of Houghton. After another superb ride on the South Downs it will be time to roll back to the bunkhouse and close out the weekend with a well earned hearty pub lunch at the 800 year old George and Dragon across the road where you will be already planning and dreaming of your next wild camping and biking adventure. All our rides and adventures are super chilled and sociable with no real pressures on time. However, to help you plan your travel, we would aim to be back at the bunkhouse for around 2pm before heading for the inclusive late lunch.