Our site works best with JavaScript enabled.

Daring Deeds - real stories, expeditions, road trips and adventure

A Father’s Day Adventure

By Alpkit
23, Jun, 2017

David Knowles takes his daughter, Daisy, for her first bikepacking adventure on a bicycle made for two

Hayfield to edale biking trail

Anyone who is familiar with the Peak District and enjoys mountain biking will know that the routes between Hayfield and Edale offer some great riding. That being said, the idea of bikepacking the 8 miles from Hayfield to Edale for a night seems a little underwhelming. Unless, that is, you happen to be a 6 year old who's just been asked if they'd like to use the Alpkit Tandem, in which case an 8 mile bikepacking trip suddenly seems like an absolutely epic adventure.

Fitting anything into a 6 year old's busy schedule is nigh on impossible with the constant commitment to gymnastics, swimming lessons, and the seemingly never-ending stream of birthday parties. But Father's Day provides us with a convenient gap in the diary which, coupled blue skies, we just can't miss. Upon returning from the customary weekend birthday party, we pack up the tandem and are on our way. Setting off on in the late afternoon sun is an absolute joy and we make the most of the long summer evenings, stopping regularly to rehydrate, snack, and generally enjoy the route.

Parents who ride bikes have a desire for their kids to love bikes. Unfortunately an eagerness for this to happen can often backfire, so as our route is one that I have ridden regularly, I am careful to keep in mind that this is not just a bike ride for Daisy, it’s an adventure.

We arrive at Upper Booth campsite in the early evening. A basic, yet beautiful site with a toilet and shower block and little else, it’s completely full but thankfully we’ve pre-booked. We find a patch of flat grass and set about pitching our tiny backpacking tent before digging out the camping stove for a hot drink and some much needed food.

Within minutes Daisy has made campsite friends and is off exploring the site in search of anything that takes her mind off her aching bum - she’s loving the whole experience which gives me a satisfying glow.

Daisy taking a quick break from tandeming along the trial

Making the most of the long summer days to stop and take in the views | photo: David Knowles

By 9.30pm a retreat to the tent is the only option as midges are out and biting, and it’s not long before she is flat out in a deep sleep which is, amazingly, unbroken until morning.

After a final play with Daisy’s newly made campsite friends, we pack away the final bits and pieces and set off in search of breakfast. 6 mile's riding to Hope with its array of cafes is swallowed up quickly. The village is waking early to take advantage of the mini heatwave: the Old Hall is busy that so service is slow, but we don’t mind as we bake in the early morning sun and apply yet another coat of sunscreen before 10 o’clock. 

The Full Derbyshire Breakfast is served with a smile and washed down with tea served in a china cup, Daisy opts for a huge strawberry ice cream to complete the morning feast.

The old hall tearoom, a prime spot for breakfast in the sun before a day of bikepacking

We can't think of a better spot to wolf down an english breakfast before a day of riding | photo: David Knowles

We decide it’s time to press on: the climb out of the Hope valley awaits us. As we approach the iconic Winnats Pass it is obvious that the road is too busy with traffic to safely attempt the steep climb out and decide the best option is the old Mam Tor, Broken Road. The road was closed to motor vehicles in the 1970’s and, as a result, this route offers a peaceful exit from the valley for walkers and cyclists. Although the gradient is gentler, it offers us a tough enough test in the increasing heat.

We make steady progress and soon enough are peddling happily along Rushop Edge, being steadily overtaken by participants in the Eroica ride, a festival of vintage cycling. We enjoy the long descent into Chapel-en-le-Frith and on to Chinley before returning home to Hayfield just in time for lunch.

What a fantastic introduction for Daisy into the wonders of bikepacking. At 6 years old, I fail to see how this would be possible without a tandem. We covered just 29 miles and were away from home for less than 20 hours, but the whole experience left us both buzzing and eager for our next trip.

Daisy's first bikepacking adventure

  • Google+

In pictures

Hayfield to edale biking trail
Daisy taking a quick break from tandeming along the trial
The old hall tearoom, a prime spot for breakfast in the sun before a day of bikepacking
Daisy's first bikepacking adventure

  bike luggage bikepacking biking cycling david knowles hathersage hathersage store store

1 Comment

Share your thoughts about this article.

andy s
Good effort

Well done Daisy & Dave !

Related Deeds

Pedalling the Globe
Customer Story
In Daring Deeds
Yak Attack 2017: The Sound of Silence
Yak Attack 2017 mountain bike race
In Daring Deeds
Caving into Pressure
Facing fears at Hathersage SofA
In Daring Deeds
A Winter’s Training Tale Part 1
Hero training with the Sonder Gurus
In Daring Deeds
Blindly Seeking Sunshine… and Zeus…
Bikepacking the Greek Isles
In Daring Deeds


Steve Bate wins the Rovaniemi 150
Winning the Rovaniemi 150 arctic ultra race
In News
SofA Hathersage Courses for 2018
The School of Adventure 2018
In News
2017 TGO Reader Award winners
Winners of TGO awards announced
In News
Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon
Alpkit support the 40th SLMM
In News
We’ve Moved! But not that far…
Our UK Factory grows
In News


Sonder Evol: Q&A with Bike Guru Neil
Sonder's new 140mm trail bike
In Develop
The low-down on Polygiene™
Wear more, wash less: you can't get simpler than that!
In Develop
Argonaut Waterproof Jacket
Premium performance without the price-tag
In Develop
Branching out with the Rando Range
New welded bike luggage
In Develop
2 new Sonder bikes
2 new bikes set to join Sonder
In Develop


2017 Highlights
Looking back at 2017
In Spotlight
Getting the Winter Miles in
Running through winter
In Spotlight
A Weekend of Wonders
Best of Kendal 2017
In Spotlight
‘Testing’ the Argonaut
A run up that hill, ride to work, climb a tree, nip out for milk kinda jacket.
In Spotlight
What a Difference a Day Makes
What can you fit into the Bank Holiday?
In Spotlight


Explore Alpkit

adventure racing
adventure travel
alpine climbing
arctic fat biking
big shakeout
big wall climbing
bike touring
cross country skiing
cycle touring
deep water soloing
dry tooling
duke of edinburgh
endurance racing
fat bikes
fat biking
fell running
film making
hill walking
ice climbing
micro adventure
mountain biking
munro round
night running