United Kingdom · May 10 - 12 2024

Rapha Manchester Gravel Getaway

A Peak District Bikepacking weekend



Prepare for your summer adventures with our Gravel Getaway, a three-day bikepacking experience in the Peak District. Whether you're an old hand or a bikepacking novice, join us as we ride out from Rapha Manchester on Friday and set up camp for the weekend. On Saturday we'll do a big gravel loop from our campsite, returning for a second night's stay before riding back to Manchester on Sunday. Depending on the weather, you may want to pitch a tent or you might prefer to look up at the stars from a bivvy bag. The choice is yours; the only condition is you have to carry all your own gear with you. We'll have coffee and snacks on site on both mornings, but the rest of the food is up to you to source. We want to make this as authentic as possible, and shop raids are part of the fun of a bikepacking trip!


Here's the plan





Leave Rapha Manchester at 10am, head out for an 80km ride in the Peak District. That should get us to our campsite around 4pm, where we'll pitch up and get changed. Anyone who needs to go to a shop for food or refreshments can do so, and then we'll cook up our feasts at the campsite before heading off to bed.



We've got a big loop planned for Saturday, taking in 100km of some of the Peak Districts finest trails. That will include a lunch stop, and there'll also be shortcut options for anyone who wants to skip bits of the route for a slightly easier day out. We'll finish the ride with a pub stop, and again stock up for dinner back at the campsite.



We'll pack down in the morning, and need to be off the campsite by 10:30am. The route back will again by around 80km, and we'll celebrate our amazing weekend with a beverage at Rapha Manchester.


North Lees Campsite

North Lees Campsite

Based just north of Hathersage, North Lees is the perfect spot for immersing yourself in the outdoors and exploring the Peak District. It has fully-equipped shower block with separate men's and women's facilities, and the reception area has ice creams, a variety of cold drinks and other sundries.

The Riding

The Riding

We'll be guiding you around some of the best gravel the Peak District has to offer, with a sprinkling of quiet tarmac roads. It won't be flat, and it wont be smooth, but it will be beautiful. Oh, and this wouldn't be a proper bikepacking adventure without some hike-a-bike.

What's Included

What's Included

Three led rides

Two nights camping

Coffee and snacks each morning

Lunch and dinner

Support vehicle

Bag drop


Either a gravel bike or MTB will be fine. We recommend at least 35mm tyres, but the bigger the better as there'll be a few technical sections and some bumpy stuff that you'll want a bit of comfort for. 

Yep! This is designed to prepare you for bikepacking and/or wild camping but in a controlled environment. You'll need your own sleep system, whether that's a tent or a bivvy bag, and you'll need your own bike bags to carry all your own luggage.

There's no secure bike storage on site. There are a few little tricks for making sure your bike is safe while you're wild camping, but a lot of people tend to just take a little portable lock and attach their bike to part of their tent. 

To make this trip worthwhile, we really wanted to do it over three days. If you can't make it to the ride on Friday, you're welcome to join us in the afternoon/evening, or even Saturday morning. North Lees is close to Hathersage Station, or there's plenty of on-street parking in the vicinity if you'd prefer to drive there and back. Unfortunately we can't drop the price for those who can't stay both night, we had to book a minimum of two nights.

We want to make this as authentic a bikepacking experience as possible, so in true bikepacking style we'll stop at shops for lunch and to stock up on food for dinner. Make sure you pack a musette or save some space in one of your bags so you can transport it to the campsite! The campsite doesn't allow fires but it does allow single gas burners so if you want to pack food pouches or the like, you're more than welcome.

You're welcome to pack some tins or minis to drink at the campsite, but please bear in mind this is a family-friendly site and has a 10pm curfew so we must be respectful of those around us.

Rapha Manchester Gravel Getaway

United Kingdom