This nice video from occasional STW contributor, Huw Oliver, and first person to complete the HT550 in winter, Annie Evans, may have you planning a trip. Even if you don’t head off to the Pictish Trail, there are some nice moments in there about getting along on a long ride, and some honesty about not always loving every minute. It’s a great looking route, with lots of interest along the way, and some very varied landscapes. Plus, it’s well away from many of the usual honeypot locations, so you should find yourself with quite trails. Just about time to get out there between the deep snow and midge seasons, eh?
Annie Evans and Huw Oliver investigate a new bikepacking route from the far-north reaches of the UK down to Edinburgh. Along the way, they ride through the former site of the Pictish kingdom, take in breathtaking views, and check out charming Scottish towns.
If you’re new to the idea of planning your own route, or bikepacking, Cycling UK has some new videos aimed at those just starting out. From how to plan a route through to what to pack, there’s an introduction to figuring things out. We all have to start somewhere.
Our next magazine, Issue 148, has a feature on Sleeping Out – to hopefully inspire you to try a night out under the stars – plus Steve Bate’s attempt at a winter HT550 round. If these videos have whet your appetite, be sure to get this issue!
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