Curious about the world of adventure cycling in the UK? The inaugural ‘Adventure Cycle Festival’ — due to be held from June 2nd-4th at Brathay Hall, near Ambleside in the Lake District — could be a great introduction.


Start: June 2, 2017 @ 5:30 pm

End: June 4, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


Cost: £20

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This not-for-profit festival aims to inspire people to use bikes for adventure, whether that’s a day in the mountains, a coast-to-coast epic, or an overnight bikepacking trip. Based at the spectacular location of Brathay Hall on the shores of Windermere, the Event Village will provide a hub from where exciting organized activities will launch including a ‘cross challenge event’, guided overnight bikepacking trips across the Lakes, a loaded hill climb challenge, and self-guided trips. There will be the chance to try demo bikes and equipment from major brands, plus attend workshops, lectures and film screenings, and of course an evening bar with live music.

Brathay Hall is set in 360 acres of mature woodland and rolling pasture on the shore of Lake Windermere, just a stone’s throw from Ambleside in the center of the Lake District. The festival will be run in association with the Brathay Trust, a charitable organization which aims to inspire children and young people to make positive changes that last a lifetime.

Confirmed partner brands include Shand, Salsa, Bombtrack, Ortlieb, Exped, and Optimus with further brands to be confirmed. Workshops will be run by these companies plus Bearbones Bikepacking, Backcountry Scotland (packrafts), Ghyllside Cycles,, EDS Bikes and athletes at the event.

Optional on-site accommodation ranges from camping to luxurious lodges, while there are campsites, hostels and B&Bs close by.

Dates are 2-4 June and tickets will cost £20 per person covering the whole weekend, with under-16s going free. Any surplus funds will be reinvested into subsequent festivals, or donated to charity.

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