The best bikepacking routes in the UK
At Sea to Summit we love bikepacking! Which is why we have created loads of gear specifically for bikepacking.
So we have put together a list of our favourite bikepacking routes in the UK - read on for our low-down on our favourite destinations for multi-day bike trips.
West Highland Way
Start Point: Milngavie, Scotland
Distance: 96 miles
Duration: 2-3 Days
The West Highland Way is a classic walking route - now adopted by those of us who favour 2 wheels over two feet. Being in the highlands this route has a lot of ascent and descent - with over 9000ft of climbing in less than 100 miles!
Taking you from Milngavie, just north of Glasgow through some of the most stunning scenery the Highlands have to offer. Thanks to Scotland's wild camping laws you have your pick of amazing places to camp out.
This route is best done in Spring to avoid the winter conditions and the notorious Scottish midges - which are at their worst in mid-summer.
West Country Way
Start Point: Dartmoor
Distance: 130 miles
Duration: 2-5 Days
If you are looking for a purely off road bikepacking route in the UK then look no further than the West Country Way. From the costal paths to woods and moors the terrain is varied so you will need a mountain or gravel bike. Dartmoor is notoriously bogy - so there will also be a fair share of hike-a-bike.
If the bogy conditions don't put you off you are in for a treat. With everything from beautiful coastal views over the channel to the best of Dartmoor and some amazing riding in between.
Lands End to John O'Groats
Start Point: Lands End
Distance: 870 miles+
Duration: Various but at least 10 days
We couldn't compile a list of the best bikepacking routes in the UK without including the ultimate British bike tour - LEJOG!
Taking you from the very bottom to the very top (or vice-versa) of the mainland British Isles this is a British bikepacking classic route covering over 800 miles it is no mean feat.
Due to the length of LEJOG there are loads of different routes which you can take - with a lot of different terrain and ascent options - making this the ultimate bikepacking experience.
Start Point: Conwy
Distance: 160 miles
Duration: 4 to 7 days
King Alfred’s Way
Start Point: Winchester
Distance: 220 miles
Duration: 3-6 days
A relative newcomer, King Alfred's Way is a circular route first opened in 2020. This is one for the history buffs - passing Stonehenge, Avebury and Iron Age hill forts at Old Sarum and Barbury Castle.
Being circular - you can go in either direction, but going clockwise gives friendlier ascents and a headwind. With gravel paths, Roman Roads and woodland trails, the terrain in mixed but nothing too tough.