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.
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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)
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
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.
*Distances my vary to official guides and other sources
Last modified: 11th August 2021