United Kingdom · July 5 - 7 2024

HIGH CAMP

A three-day LGBTQ+ bikepacking retreat in the Peak District

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Overview

Friday 5 July–Sunday 7 July Join us for High Camp – a three-day LGBTQ+ bikepacking retreat in the Peak District, for gravel riders of every ability. We’ll spend two nights at the wonderful North Lees Campsite in the Hope Valley. There will be guided rides in from Sheffield and Manchester train stations, (30km and 90km respectively) on the Friday, and a 60km loop for everyone to ride at their own pace on the Saturday. Then on Sunday, you can choose between an all-day ride back to Manchester and a half-day back to Sheffield, or jump on the train at Hathersage. It's up to you whether you bring a tent or a bivvy bag. All we ask is that you carry all your own gear with you to the campsite, either by bike or by car. This trip is free to attend, but riders will need to pay for their own campsite pitch (to allow flexibility) and food and drink. We’ll have snacks and coffee (courtesy of Kickback Coffee) on-site both mornings, and the planned routes include café and pub stops,.

Highlights

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.

Riders will need to book their own pitch. We recommend booking ASAP to ensure availability.

Bike + tent only: £10 per night (£20 total)
Car parking included: £15 per night (£30 total)

The Routes

The Routes

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 won't be smooth, but it will be beautiful. Oh, and this wouldn't be a proper bikepacking adventure without some hike-a-bike.

The Experience

The Experience

This isn't just about the riding, it's also about the experience – having fun, meeting like-minded people and learning new tips and skills for future bikepacking adventures.

Expect pre-ride coffee, post-ride activities, bike repair advice and more.

Hosts

We're joined forces with some local legends for a queer-led experience.

Emily Chappell

Emily Chappell

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Peak Queer Adventures

Peak Queer Adventures

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Kickback Coffee

Kickback Coffee

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Schedule

Here's the plan

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Friday

We'll meet at Manchester Piccadilly at 10am, or Sheffield Station at 3pm, for led rides to the campsite. Alternatively, take a train to Hathersage and meet us at the campsite any time after 5pm. 

Anyone who needs to go to the local shop for food or refreshments can do so – there are a couple of small supermarkets down the hill in Hathersage, a 15-minute ride from the campsite – and then we’ll set up camp, cook up our feasts, and settle down for a good night’s sleep.

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Saturday

After a fresh coffee provided by Kickback Coffee, we'll head out for the main ride of the weekend. We’ll all be riding the same 60km loop: it’s up to you whether you want to ride solo or with a group, and how fast (or slow) you choose to go. 

There will be a lunch stop at a café (bring cash), and shortcut options available for anyone who wants an easier day out. We’ll finish the ride with a pub stop, and there’ll be a chance to stock up on dinner supplies before heading back to the campsite.

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Sunday

After breakfast and a final coffee, we’ll pack up and aim to be on the road by 10am. As before, there will be a 90km ride to Manchester, a 30km ride to Sheffield, and the Hope Valley Railway for those who are tired or pressed for time.

What's Included

What's Included

Led Rides

Snacks

Coffee by Kickback Coffee

Communal Area

Routes

Campsite pitch

Travel

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

FAQ

You can book a pitch at the North Lees Campsite here: https://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/things-to-do/camping/camping-northlees


Please book Friday July 5 to Sunday July 7 (two nights).


Options: 

  • Hike-in / Bike-in Grass Pitch - No Parking: £10 per person per night
  • GRASS PITCH with Reserved Parking: £10 per person per night + £5 per car per night

We strongly recommend booking as soon as possible to ensure you secure your spot. You will not be able to join the camping element of the trip if you do not book a camping pitch.

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 and tent, and you'll need your own bike bags to carry all your own luggage (unless you choose to drive to the campsite – which is an option!).

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. Alternatively, there is a standard bike parking rack on site, if you want to bring a lock and lock to this when you're not riding.

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. 

In true bikepacking style we'll stop at shops or pubs for lunch and will stock up on food on the road 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.

This trip is designed to create a space for members of the LGBTQ+ community. That said, if you're not straight, but don't feel like you exactly fit into the LGBTQ+ acronym, you are very welcome to join us. <br>

If you are a LGBTQ+ rider who wants to join the trip, and you would feel more comfortable bringing a friend or partner with you who is an ally to the community, they are also welcome to join.<br>

High Camp is intended to be a safe space, and no one's identity will be doubted or interrogated.

HIGH CAMP

United Kingdom

Free

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