Bikepacking trips 2022

Some of the best UK bikepacking routes for getting out there on two wheels next year...

Words and images by luke douglas (op co-founder)

"Outdoor Provisions was born out of a bikepacking trip back in 2018. There's nothing like a few days living off the bike, with mates, taking on a bit of a challenge, sleeping outside and exploring new trails."

"We're spoilt for good bikepacking in the UK and you don't need to travel far to get into the wild stuff and luckily some folks have spent time plotted some belting routes too - here's five worth your consideration in 2022."

East Devon Trial

Devised by friend of OP Katherine Moore who has more than a bit of bikepacking experience and knows how to enjoy life on two wheels. We're fully assured this route will be a the ideal balance of toil and pleasure and are fully intending to ride it as soon as we can. Coastal bridleways, beach bivvies and many, many ice creams.

Yet to officially 'launch', you can follow its development here.

Second City Divide

Glasgow (or Edinburgh) to Manchester linking all the good rough stuff bits inbetween - we put this route together ourselves over the past few years.

You can ride it anytime but we're excited by rumours of a women's only edition this year (watch this space), then the second running of the Pennine Rally in June, using a slightly modified version of the route and finally the mass finish event we host in Manchester that's open to anyone. Finishing in Manchester on Sunday 4th September.

Here's our write up from last year if you're looking to get an idea of what the route is about.

Wild about Argyll

This route looks incredible...

"Argyll and the inner hebrides is and give you a truly memorable experience. Explore Scottish places that are remote, secluded, unspoiled and wild. If you are a lover of space for calm and solitude or to have an exhilarating adventure, it's all here for you on the west coast of Scotland, in abundance."

Old Chalk Way

A 575km coast to coast bikepacking route along Britain's oldest road. Lyme Regis (Dorset) to Holme-next-the-Sea (Norfolk).

'Expect a mix of well trodden and signposted bridleways, white gravel chalk paths and overgrown grassy desire lines. You'll find rolling green hills, ancient woodland, two seas, ancient market towns, Bronze Age round barrows, Iron Age hill forts and plenty of red kites.'

View the Komoot collection here...

Badger Divide

Inverness to Glasgow through the gravel roads of the Highlands - already a classic in our eyes. We failed at our first attempt and succeeded at the second a few years later and can't recommend it highly enough - 320(ish)km over 3/4 days is ideal.

Follow on from Glasgow on the Second City Divide down to Manchester to make it a Double Divide. As with the other routes you can ride it anytime but there's also a mass depart planned for Saturday 7th May...

Here's our write up from last year, part one of the Double Divide.

Now I'm not suggesting for one second that's all there is, just what we've got our eye on and some of the best options if you want a pre-planned, well researched route to follow.

There's loads of good bikepacking in Wales too, like the Trans-Cambrian Way. All eyes with be on HT550 this year after Liam Glen's stonking ride earlier this year and Annie Le with an incredible winter completion just this month. No doubt the folks with stir up some inspiration, GBDURO with still be ace to follow and we'll be at Brother in the Wild again for sure.

Grab some mates, get some dates blocked out and enjoy what's on our doorstep...

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