A 300KM bikepacking route, taking in wide open bridleways and sweet singletrack, lots of places to bivvy and a whole host of pubs, cafes and shops.
There are various bikepacking events and routes in the UK, but very little in the south of England. Many of my friends from elsewhere in the country have said there’s little point of coming to my neck of the woods as “it’s flat” as they put it. You will find there’s a lot of climbing in this route, just to dispel that myth once and forever!
I spent the summer of 2018 creating and researching a 300km loop designed to have a mix of classic downland doubletrack as well as some singletrack and fun descents. The main aim was to keep off the South Downs Way wherever possible and use as little road as possible.
Obviously this is the crowded south of England so it’s impossible to have no road, but I’ve kept it to country lanes wherever possible.
Because it was researched over several trips theres is currently (28/02/19) no time set for the complete route, but hopefully I can do a complete run at it once we get to the spring. If you decide to have a go send me your completed GPX file and we can start a list of those who have completed it….
- Cal Nicklin – 36 hours 47 minutes
- Philippa Battye – 36 hours 47 minutes
- Nicky Hughes – 53 hours 42 minutes