The Bishops Way
Gorrick are facilitating the 2 day cycle events run by Heath*Trail*Bike*Camp.
The Bishop’s Way event is now 12-13 September 2020
Statement 19 March: In light of what the government & health officials are now saying about gatherings of people, we have done the responsible thing and postponed the Bishops Way to 12-13th September 2020.
These events are 2 day self-supported bike packing events, suitable for both mountain bikes and gravel bikes, where everything is included in the entry fee. Venues will be chosen for easy access to a great route and the convenience of a local train station so you can leave the car at home. From the start venue you will follow a GPX route which will be mainly offroad, avoiding main roads but using short lengths of linking roads, to an overnight stop where you will be able to camp, bivi or hammock and there will be toilets and water. We will provide your evening meal, refreshments, some real ale and cider, soft drinks and a fireside social, followed by breakfast in the morning before you set off on the remainder of the route back to the start. The event will be self sufficient, which means you will need to carry everything with you for the event, tent or bivi, sleeping bag, mat, clothes, bike bits, first aid kit, snacks and water*. Once you have entered, we will keep you updated on our planning and helpful tips to get the best from the event. We will provide details of shops, cafes and pubs along the way to keep you refreshed and stocked up. One week before the event we will send out a GPS of the route and the final instructions including the details of the start venue.
We may also offer optional Friday night camping at some start venues where suitable at a small additional cost. See event for full details.
* We may also offer an optional porterage service to those riders not wishing to carry their overnight equipment, at an additional cost that will be donated to charity. See event for full details.
Please always check the actual events for further full details.
Suitable bikes and equipment
Pretty much any bike is suitable that can withstand light offroad terrain and mixed surface riding. The ideal is probably a hardtail mtb or gravel bike. Or just ride whatever comes to hand first in the garage! You’ll need to be able to carry your equipment on your bike, so a simple roll up attached to your handlebars and top tube together with a back pack will do. Purpose made bikepacking luggage is available in a range of shapes, sizes and prices to suit all budgets for frame, seat and handlebar mounting.
The Bishop’s Way – 12th-13th September 2020
Starting on the outskirts of Reading on Saturday 12 September you'll ride 90 miles of trails and tracks over 2 days (split 50/40) through the Berkshire, Surrey and Hampshire countryside following a GPX circular route. There is also optional camping at event HQ on Friday night, with food shops and pubs close by.
The ride is self-supported, but with plenty of shops and cafes along the way. If you’re not a regular bikepacker – where you carry all your kit with you on your bike - well we don’t want you to miss out, so there’s an optional extra of camping kit porterage with the charge going to local charity My Cancer, My Choices.
Your event entry includes overnight woodland camping, bivvying or hammock on Saturday night at our quiet woodland site with toilets and water, a street food dinner in the evening, refreshments, some real ale and cider, soft drinks and a fireside social, followed by breakfast in the morning before you set off on the remainder of the route back to the start.
Before the event
After you enter, you'll receive regular event updates including details of what you'll need to get the most out of the event together with more details of the route and images. The GPX of the route, details of shops, cafes and pubs along the route, details of the start venue and final Instructions will be emailed to you one week before the event.
Friday 11 September
(Optional extra). Camp or bivvy overnight at the start HQ with both grass and woodland pitching areas. There's plenty of private onsite parking and toilets plus food shops and pubs close by. Why not leave the car at home and come by train? Reading station is just 3 miles away.
Saturday 12 September
Arrive at the start from 7.30am, there's ample parking, sign in and be ready to leave at 9.30am. You’ll then follow our GPX route through 50 miles of mainly offroad trails to our woodland overnight stop. Sign in, then set up your tent, bivvy or hammock for the night in the woods or grassy glades or, if you want, you can bed down under tree hung tarps. You can then enjoy the inclusive meal & drinks in the marquee (vegetarian & vegan options available), relax and socialise around the woodland camp fire. There'll be toilets and water on site. If you've opted for porterage, your kit will be waiting for you when you arrive.
Sunday 13 September
After your inclusive breakfast, pack up, sign out then follow the remainder of the route back to the start, where the team will welcome you back at sign in with a finisher’s goody bag.