Wanted: 2 day bikepacking route in Northern England
Looking for a fair bit of pedalling but don’t mind a wee bit of hikey-bikey to get to the right spots.
Tarmac acceptable to join up (legal) trails.
Views more important than gnar.
2 days at 50-60 miles or so. Must be a loop and have somewhere safe to park a van overnight.
Wild camping preferred, though not put off if I have to camp near a pub 😉
What have you got?Posted 3 years agoloweySubscriber
Day 1Posted 3 years ago
Park in Keswick, Borrowdale, Honister Quarries, Warnsacle bottoms, Scarth Gap, Ennerdale, Balck Sail, Wasdale Head, Ascend and Camp at either Sty Head tarn or Sprinkling Tarn.
Esk Hause, Angle Tarn, Rossett Ghyll, Stake Pass, Langsrath, Seatoller, Honister, Carry up Dale Head, Descend High Spy, Maiden Moor Hause Gate and Back to Keswick.
Cross fell +1
Stay the night in Gregs hut. You can make it a decent length 2-dayer by starting from Hexham or Barnard Castle say.
This is almost exactly what I would recommend, unless you want a pub, then you can stay in a few places, Dufton, Langdon Beck or Garrigill.
You could also start in Weardale and cross over the tops to Cowgreen Reservoir before doing the loop. Plenty of nice high level moorland trails.Posted 3 years ago
+1 again for a route involving high cup nick, fantastic place to camp for amazing views right at the head of the nick itself (spent the night there last year for my birthday, plenty of streams nearby for drinking water/beer cooling duties too!). Free parking in abundance around there, I generally use the one by Cow Green reservoir. If you do this, also worth hopping off the bike for a little diversion on foot to check out Cauldron Snout (waterfall).Posted 3 years agobajsyckelMember
I like the High Cup Nick/ Cross Fell and around suggestions, but below is a route in the Cheviots you might try…
Starting from (for example) Wooler, head (SWish) up through the woods onto Wooler Common, follow bridleways out over the moors towards Broadstruthers, then down into the Harthope valley by Langleeford, Pick up the bridleways (SE) over to Threestoneburn/the Dod. At the farm head SW and over the hills to the Ingram valley. Various options around Linhope, but head W eventually, aiming for Alwinton or thereabouts on the upper Coquet. Pick up any of the various bridleways onto the border ridge. You can drop down to Hownam, Belford or Cocklawfoot on the Scottish side or stick on the Northumberland side and ride the flagstone-armoured path over the bog towards the Cheviot (footpath and Pennine Way but if you’re considerate that should be fine, and Scotland is about 1 metre away from the path for most of the way in any case). A diversion to the top of the Cheviot is well worth a short trek on a good day – on a good day you can see as far as Ben Macdui to the north (so I’m told – I’ve only managed as far as some bits of the Trossachs and the tops of the Perthshire/ Angus glens), Cross Fell in the South and all the beaches down the East Coast as far as N. Yorkshire. Take the Bridleway (N) down red Cribs into the College Valley, spin down the valley and take a route (E) towards Humbleton Hill (this involves the back road unless you were to ride the footpath marked as St Cuthbert’s Way) and back to Wooler.
Other than the (pretty much) traffic free road towards the end this can be done without touching tarmac and avoiding anything larger than farms/ hamlets if you want. There are nice spots for a bivvy or wild camp or using the Mtn rescue hut on the border ridge but they wouldn’t be half way if you started in Wooler. Finally I just realised your 50-60 miles probably means per day – this is probably only pushing 55 – 75 depending on variations, it’s a good long day out in summer anyway. Oh well.Posted 3 years ago
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