Explorers Connect

Powering the Adventure Revolution

Bikepacking for Beginners
Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th August 2019

With bikepacking, you can create wilderness adventures right from your front door. All you need is a well-packed bike, a little bike-maintenance know-how, some navigation and wild-camping skills, and the whole world becomes your playground. This course covers all this and more, from the heart of the beautiful Peak District


Bikepacking is a true wilderness adventure, combining the freedom of long-range, multi-day trips with the thrill of riding a mountain bike, carrying only your essential gear. It’s about seeing more, doing more, and going to places less-travelled, which are sometimes right on your door step. The idea behind bikepacking is that you explore on trails and dirt tracks by day, and set up camp anywhere you like by night - in the woods, in a field, on the side of a mountain, by a lake. On a bike, the possibilities are often endless as you can cover more ground. With this beginners guide to bikepacking, you’ll learn how to plan and roll out your own adventures, with the opportunity to rent any kit you don’t have already, meaning that it really is open to anyone who wants to try their hand at exploring the world by bike.

Based in the heart of the Peak District, we’ll have the cream of the crop in terms of rich and varied routes, with breathtaking scenery. Alongside route-planning, the course will also cover off-road mountain biking skills, bikepacking kit requirements, packing techniques, and basic bike maintenance. As a key part of bikepacking is venturing into remote locations, you’ll also learn about wild camping including what to take, where to sleep and how to make food.

EC adventures are informal, friendly and great fun! They're made up of singles, couples and small sets of friends with ages typically ranging from mid 20s to mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old and young at heart is welcome. Whether it's your first time exploring the outdoors or you're an adventure professional, EC adventures are a great way to meet like-minded people in a safe, welcoming and fun environment.


The beauty of bikepacking is that you can head out on your own with just a little experience - but so that you can get the best out of your adventures its always good to have the basic skills nailed down first. On this course you'll spend most of the time outside with experienced bikepacking professional Pete, learning all about:

  • Gear: What to take and how to pack your bike

  • Bike skills: Loaded off-road riding

  • Basic bike maintenance

  • Navigation

  • Wild camping: what to do, where to sleep, how to make shelter

  • Fuel: Camp cooking & nutrition



On Saturday morning you'll meet your guide to go through your kit, what to take, how to pack the bike, basic maintenance and route planning. You'll then head out into the Peak District at a gentle pace with plenty of stops - you'll spend the day riding off-road, going through skills and techniques before finishing up at a beautiful secluded wild camp spot in plenty of time to set up before it gets dark. 

After you've enjoyed a night sleeping under the stars, on Sunday morning you'll pack up and slowly cycle back, enjoying the scenic views of the National Park along the way. There will be time to cover any other skills that you want to learn about and you can choose from an easy or more challenging ride back! 

You’ll likely finish at a cafe in the early afternoon before arriving back at base, where you'll unpack and get the chance to ask for any final advice and tips. After that you're free to head home or carry on exploring! 

View out to the private beach from South Shore Lodge


No previous off-road cycling or mountain biking experience is necessary and only a moderate fitness level is required - but you need to be happy cycling around 20-30 miles per day and sleeping outside on Saturday night.

You are welcome to bring your own bike (we recommend a hard-tail mountain bike) and equipment or you can hire it all from us. All you need to bring is a sleeping bag and a sense of adventure - we can guarantee you'll have an amazing time and come away with skills, knowledge and excitement!


Our recommended kit list for bikepacking adventures is HERE. You need to bring your own sleeping bag but you can hire the rest of the kit from us (see below for info on the packages available).


  • Experienced and qualified bikepacking professional accompanying you throughout the course

  • Two days high-quality bikepacking instruction in a small group of 6, with the chance for one-to-one tuition, advice and support

  • Overnight wild camping mini-adventure in a beautiful secluded spot


  • Bike / equipment hire CLICK HERE for packages and pricing (you can add on the packages you need when you book your space)

  • Food and drinks - you'll have the chance to pick up food on Saturday if you need to


I loved getting away into nature; great activities and great people


This adventure runs from 9am on Saturday 2nd to around 4pm on Sunday 3rd August, 2019.

  • Discounted Earlybird price for Explorers Connect CLUB members - £169 (if booked before Friday 5th April 2019)

  • Discounted Earlybird price for non members - £199 (if booked before Friday 5th April 2019)

  • Standard price for Explorers Connect CLUB members - £199

  • Standard price for non members - £214

You'll need to pay a £99 deposit when booking with the balance due by Friday 7th June 2019.


If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.