The Festival takes place 2-4 June at the spectacular location of Brathay Hall on the shores of Windermere. It’s a not-for-profit event that 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.
The Event Village at Brathay Hall provides a hub from where organised 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, plus attend workshops, lectures and film screenings, and an evening bar with live music.
The headline speaker is adventure cycling royalty; Mark Beaumont, who held the world records for cycling around the world and riding across Africa solo. Also on the podium will be Pete McNeil from Adventure Pedlars, Greg May on riding the Tour Divide, and Ed Shoote from the We Love Mountains blog.
Tickets cost £20 per person covering the whole weekend, with under-16s going free. The festival is in association with the Brathay Trust, a charitable organisation which aims to inspire children and young people to make positive changes that last a lifetime. The event is being run on a not-for-profit basis, with any surplus funds reinvested into subsequent festivals, or donated to charity.
Confirmed supporters include Bombtrack Bikes, Exped, Halo Wheels, Light My Fire, Miss Grape, MSR, Ortlieb, Salsa, Stand, Surly and Thermarest. Workshops will be run by these companies plus Bearbones Bikepacking, Backcountry Scotland (packrafts), Ghyllside Cycles, Pannier.cc, EDS Bikes and athletes at the event.
Further event information is at adventurecyclefestival.co.uk