There’s no denying it; 2020 has been a crap year for anyone that loves travelling, even if that’s on home turf. Fingers crossed the situation will improve soon, and we can get back out on our bikes to explore.
While fantasising about bikepacking around the glorious British Isles, we’ve pulled together this guide to UK bikepacking routes, to give you some inspiration for future adventures! If you click through to the komoot Collections below, you can find a lot more detail about these marvellous off-road routes.
UK official off-road bikepacking routes
Okay, the use of the word official might not be solidly defined, but here are *most* of the recognised long distance bikepacking across England, Scotland and Wales.
To view them all, click through to the komoot Collection and hit the ‘Show More’ button on the map to load more Tours.
Then to view each route in more detail, follow the links to the individual route Collections below.
If you’re new to komoot use our ADVNTR voucher code to get a region map bundle for free. Head to www.komoot.com/g and enter the code ADVNTR.
Valid until 31/12/2021
UK long distance bikepacking routes
These three routes span more than one single country.
|The Great North Trail
(Pennines to Cape Wrath)
|Second City Divide
(Glasgow to Manchester)
(official route for GBDURO)
Check out Dan Monaghan’s account of photographing Lachlan Morton at the GB DURO race here.
Scottish bikepacking routes
Please respect the Scottish Right to Roam legislation and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code when riding in Scotland (more details here).
|The Capital Trail
|The John Muir Way
(coast to coast)
|The Cairngorms Loop||komoot.com/collection/901294||302 km|
|The Badger Divide
(Inverness to Glasgow)
|The Deeside Trail
|The Borders 350
|The Faultline Trail
(Scotland tip to tip)
|The Reiver Raid
|The Southern Upland Way
|The Central Belter||komoot.com/collection/915663||1,215 km|
|West Island Way||komoot.com/collection/1070065||333 km|
|West Highland Way||komoot.com/collection/887973||160 km|
|Wild About Argyll||komoot.com/collection/1096077||677 km|
Welsh bikepacking routes
|Trans Cambrian Way
|The Triban Trail
|Sarn Helen||komoot.com/collection/940661||306 km|
|Wales North to South
(Bangor to Cardiff)
English bikepacking routes
|The King Alfred’s Way**||komoot.com/collection/1025015||350 km|
|komoot.com/collection/900448||74 km +|
|The South Downs Way
|South Downs 300
|Tim Woodcock’s Coast to Coast off-road
|The Wessex Ridgeway
(Dorset and Wiltshire)
|The Icknield Way
The Pennine Bridleway (Northern England)
|Yorkshire Dales 300
|The Peak 200
|The North Downs Way
The Braunton 150 (Exmoor)
|The West Country Way
** check out our experience on the new King Alfred’s Way loop here
*** Read more from Nigel and James on riding the Peddars Way here
The Greater Ridgeway Trail
You can also link up the Wessex Ridgeway, the Ridgeway, the Icknield Way and Peddars Way to create ‘The Greater Ridgeway‘ spanning from the South Coast to North Norfolk.
To date, there’s just one section missing, the second half of the Ridgeway trail, which is currently inaccessible to bikes, although there is an alternative official bike trail in the works.
Not listed here: The Highland Trail 550 and The Lakeland 200. Let us know about any others we’ve missed!
*Distances my vary to official guides and other sources
Last modified: 11th August 2021
Really? Is this the prescribed narrative? Follow the yellow brick road…where’s the sense of discovery in that?
Heya James, these are established routes that you can choose to follow, or you can choose to make your own routes. No one’s telling you which option you have to go for!
This must be the best Komoot collections post of the year. Hands down amazing! I saved it to my Komoot favorites immediately. Bucketlist material for years to come…
Thanks for sharing ADVNTR & Katherine!!!
Great piece of work – thanks Katherine! Hope we cross paths again in 2021 – Emma O & I are all set to play host here in Calderfornia
I hope so too! Yorkshire was big on my list to explore in 2020 so let’s hope it’s just shifted by a year, no more!
North Peaks 100
Lakeland 300 looks good! Never heard of the first one though, have you got a link?
Here is the North Peaks 100 route: https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MzA5NTk1Ng==
The author asks that anyone completing the route posts it on The Bear Bones Bikepacking forum thread.
Are there any routes around the New Forest area?
Not official routes, but Cass from Bikepacking.com made this great one with some help from The Woods Cyclery: https://bikepacking.com/routes/new-forest-gravel-taster-uk/
Thank you for your reply. I’ve checked out the link you sent me. I have ridden along part of the route shown on the map but have not covered all of it. I would like to do this some time next year.
This is a great collection of rides – thank you for putting them together – going to try the Yorkshire first – but it looks tough!
Yes that’s Yorkshire alright, but magnificent too!
Just wanted to say thank you for putting this together! I’ve swung a sabbatical this summer and have used this collection to plan a north to south UK tour taking in as many of these routes as possible. Never been so excited for a staycation!
Awesome! Staycations are the one, so much to explore here in the UK! Let us know how you get on with it, yeah?
100%, ADVNTR are pretty much accountable for my overall experience now right? 😅
Heh, heh, heh. The good, the bad, and the ugly – but that’s bikepacking for you!
if you’re up for adding to this post the east devon way could be added