North Wales Bikepacking

Entries now open for group finish August 26th 2024, to enter click here

There is no entry fee for the route but there may be a small fee nearer the time to cover food/drink/car parking etc.

The 2024 event will be bigger and better than the fantastic inaugural 2023 edition and will include a 500km gravel friendly route, the North Wales 500. It will have a group finish at One Planet Adventure in Llandegla forest with food and drink available on the afternoon of Monday 26th August. You can pick your own start time but there will be a group start early on the morning of Saturday 24th. The North Wales 500 route includes many of the same highlights as the 400 and 300 and includes an ascent of the Great Orme, the Telegraph Valley and takes in the beautiful Mawddach Estuary trail. The 400 and 300 will be very similar to the 2023 edition, with a different start/finish point and no time limit.

The inaugural North Wales 400/300 Bikepacking group finish took place during the August Bank Holiday Weekend during Summer 2023 . It featured a finish line celebration at the Colomendy Arms near Mold. Out of 28 starters, 13 riders finished one of the routes, but all had a great adventure! The route was epic, brutal and the Summer of 2023 had some challenging weather for us... bring on 2024!

Read Rob's writeup of the event at the link below to whet your appetite! 

Individual time trials 23/24

The 2024 NW400 route will be similar to last year's route, but will have a different start/finish point close to Llandegla. If you want to attempt the route before next year's event, please email and let me know you want to attempt an ITT - I will be able to provide the GPX file

2022 recce

Link to photos (much drier than 2023!)

The NW400 is a bikepacking route around North Wales, designed by Tom Bruce as a training route for the Highland Trail 550. It is a difficult route, with over 10,000 metres of climbing in just over 410 km. The route is designed to start and finish in Mold, Flintshire, which is very accessible but it can be started and finished at any point on the loop. The loop is to be ridden anticlockwise.

The NW300 has over 7,000 metres of clumbing in just under 300 km and follows much of the same route as the NW400, also ridden anticlockwise. The purpose of suggesting this shorter route is so that it can be completed within the bank holiday weekend for those who do not feel they can complete the 400km within that timescale - that being said, it is still a brutal route and should not be taken lightly. 

The intent is to ride either route as fast as you are able while adhering to the set of rules listed below. You are expected to navigate the unmarked course entirely on your own. There are no waymarkers or checkpoints on the course, only a downloadable gpx file. Map navigation is not part of the challenge, so for efficiency and safety a GPS unit is recommended.

It is an unofficial challenge that is not sanctioned in any way, with no organisation, and no support. All this website provides is the route, the rules, a suggested start time, and a list of riders who have completed the challenge. 

Highlights of this stunning route include:

The route takes you over some very challenging terrain including an ascent to the top of Snowdon, at an altitude of over 1,000 metres, which can provide a very challenging climate. There are hike-a-bike sections and some technical descents, so the use of a mountain bike is recommended. If taking on the NW400, please take some cash to put into the honesty box at penmachno trail centre as you pass - it helps funds trail maintenance.