The perfect bikepacking course
Join our very own local legend, coach and guide, Jim Barrow, who has slept in his bivvy bag all over the UK and North America, on this two-day introduction to the awesome fusion of mountain bikes and wild camping. Over the two days of this intro to bikepacking course, 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 and welcome you 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. Over the next hour and using slides and videos, Jim will share some of his bikepacking adventures and experiences. All this before talking you through the specifics of bikepacking such as the kit, the culture and the etiquette. After this interactive and fun chat you will load up the bikes before rolling down the road for a riverside lunch at the tea rooms.
The ride will be approximately 25-30 miles of classic downland bridleways and woodland trails. Jim’s local knowledge is second-to-none and he’ll use all this experience to provide you with a superb and sociable afternoon ride. In true bikepacking tradition, you will drop-off the route to find supplies for dinner and breakfast. Make sure 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 will be time to look forward to a brew and the excitement of 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. Whilst enjoying your pint of local ale, the excitement of your next wild camping and biking adventure with your new friends will be in full flow. Just like all our rides and adventures this bikepacking course will be chilled and sociable with little pressure on time. However, to help you plan your onward travel, we will aim to be back at the bunkhouse for around 2pm before heading for the inclusive late lunch.