London to Manchester Cycle Challenge Picture 1
London to Manchester Cycle Challenge Picture 1

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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  360m

Dist:  350km

Min age:  18

Duration:  3

Cycle London to Manchester

Bike Adventure

Join this Classic British bike ride! From our capital, we shall ride North and across the Chiltern Hills, and through beautiful countryside, via some quintessentially British country towns and villages. The big challenge of the ride is traversing the Peak District, expect a few sneaky climbs to test your mettle! Finally it's a steady meander through Manchester (we've found the only quiet road through the city!) to the finish line in time for the big conference!

This ride is a bit of a hidden gem, taking in some fantastic secluded roads you will experience brilliant rolling countryside and classic little hamlets. Setting off from Hammersmith we'll head out along Uxbridge road before picking up the canal line to take us all the way out of London and onto the Chilterns. From here its a flat afternoon all the way to Milton Keynes for the first night accommodation. For day 2 we're really into the thick of it with a day of rural riding and *finger crossed* sunny skies, passing through Northampton, Market Harborough, around leicester and finishing in Derby. The Final day is the real test with the Peak district in the way! Expect to skirt around the worst of it but make sure you have a good breakfast as this is a real challenge! We'll then roll into Manchester for roughly 4.30/5.00pm having ridden 350kms!



08:00: Meet in London (confirmed location yet to be decided)

10.00: Morning coffee in The Bear on the Barge, Harefield

13.00: Lunch near Berkhamsted

15.00: Afternoon drinks in Leighton Buzzard

17.00: FInish in Milton Keynes


Day 2

09.00: Set off North past Northampton

11.00: Morning coffee stop

12.30: Lunch in Saddington

15.00: Afternoon Coffee

17:00: Arrive into Derby


Day 3

09.00: Departure

11.00: Morning coffee in Denstone

13.00: Lunch in Leak

15.00: Afternoon Coffee just outside Macclesfield

17.00: Finish in Manchester


Route Map

What is a Level 2.5 Cycling Challenge Like?

For this type of challenge - you can expect either distance (up to 80km), or altitude gain - around 5-600m. But not both! If you climb, then the distance will be less, if you cover the distance, then the altitude gain will be little. Typically road conditions will be good - although there are exceptions to this. If you encounter rough road conditions (or it is a mountain bike challenge), then the distance / altitude will be reduced. These events would suit someone of good all round fitness, who takes exercise regularly - without neccessarily being of high specific cycling fitness.


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 2.5 ‘Bike Ride’?

You must be active and with moderate fitness level. You should be taking regular exercise, consisting of regular bike rides and possibly other sports (swimming / football etc.) You should be comfortable in undertaking long country rides of up to 6 hours or 60 km in the lowland English countryside. Your training rides will encounter a few reasonable length hills.


Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.


Included In Trip

Experienced & first-aid trained cycling leader.

Support vehicle with first aider, mechanical back-up, spare parts, and refreshments.



Equipment Required

Bike Items
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike / Mountain Bike (with Touring Tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf
Small Rucksack (or small pannier)
Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Lamps (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Under Saddle Pouch (recommended - can be used to carry asterik* items)
Duck Tape (small folded piece off the reel)*
Puncture Repair Kit*
2 x Inner Tubes*
Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Helmet (compulsory)

Suncream, Plasters
Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc

Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Toothbrush, Toothpaste

Warm Clothing
Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat

Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts
Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (Dryflo type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable)
Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
1 Set Casual Evening Wear
1 Pair Cotton Trousers

Waterproof Clothing
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms

Camera, Memory Card
Wallet, Credit Card, Cash
Sunglasses, Mobile Phone
Penknife, Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)

Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip

A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure..


Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions. You should arrive as a proficient and competent rider. This ride is NOT suitable for inexperienced riders. Please note you should ensure you ride well spaced out and in single file at all times - this is an important safety instruction.



Being in the UK we should be prepared for anything. Whilst not wishing everyone to bring heaps of equipment we should be prepared for wet and hot. Bring both products/equipment to protect from hot sun, and also to protect in case it rains. It is unlikely to be too cold at this time of the year.


Notes on Cycling Events

This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss! Please note that for overseas point to point cycling challenges we can transport soft cases for bike transport - but not hard cases, due to space limitations on board our support vehicles. On all our cycling events, please pack sensibly and bring a reasonably sized soft holdall type bag. To participate in an overseas Adventure Cafe challenge - you must carry Travel Insurance (to be for the activity you are participating in, and to include repatriation to the UK). Please also note that you should have a good level of cycling experience and be competent to handle your bike. We ride on roads shared with other vehicles - and you need to be able to deal with this safely.


Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event



Guide price




This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information


Event Location

London to Manchester Cycle Challenge Picture 2
London to Manchester Cycle Challenge Picture 2

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London to Manchester Cycle Challenge Picture 3