Cycling UK video series provides ticket to tour

Cycling UK's latest series of short films aims to provide insight, tips and inspiration for both beginner and veteran tourers and bikepackers
  • Series of short films with journalist Katherine Moore provides advice for bikepackers
  • Films cover difference between bikepacking and traditional touring, planning your route, packing for multi-day trips, taking photos and how to follow the Countryside Code when cycling

As part of Cycling UK’s ongoing work to help people enjoy the outdoors, the charity has released a new series of films to help people prepare for multi-day cycle touring or bikepacking.

Presented by bikepacking journalist Katherine Moore, the series of five films provides tips and advice suitable for riders of all experience looking to get the most out of their trips.

Filmed on location in Cornwall, the series covers planning your route, packing for multi-day trips, taking photos, how to follow the Countryside Code when cycling and looks to explain the differences between traditional cycle touring and bikepacking.

The series was funded by the EU Regional Development Fund’s EXPERIENCE project, which has also supported the creation of Cycling UK’s latest long distance bikepacking routes, the West Kernow Way, the Cantii Way and the Rebellion Route.

Through the charity’s role in this project, Cycling UK has also worked to show how cycling can be part of a sustainable and experiential holiday experience. This pilot project in Cornwall, Kent and Norfolk has looked at how we can attract people to areas which struggle with the peaks and troughs that come with being known as popular summer destinations.

Philip Igoe, Cycling UK manager of the EXPERIENCE project said:

“Whether you’re a cycle tourist or bikepacker, we all have one thing in common in that we all appreciate how cycling allows us to explore.

“Through these short films, Cycling UK aims to make multi-day travel by bike that bit more accessible, and while they’re aimed at beginners I’m sure experienced hands will also find some value in their content.

Journalist Katherine Moore said:

“I’ve always been a huge advocate for exploring on home turf in the UK, so I was thrilled to be asked to help spread that message with Cycling UK’s video series.

“Living in a tourist hotspot in Devon, I see first hand the effect that seasonality has on our communities, so promoting sustainable cycle tourism outside the peak season is a move dear to my heart.

“I really hope the series helps to empower more people to saddle up and get adventuring by bike.”

The full series of films is available on Cycling UK’s YouTube channel.

Notes to editors

  1. Cycling UK, the UK’s cycling charity, imagines a world where the streets are free of congestion and the air is clean to breathe, where parents encourage their children to cycle to school and everyone shares the exhilaration of being in the saddle. For more than 140 years, we’ve been making our streets safer, opening up new traffic free routes and inspiring more people to cycle more often.
  2. EXPERIENCE is a €23.3 million project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF, €16 million) through the Interreg VA France (Channel) England Programme 2014-2020, boosting visitor numbers in six pilot regions across England and France. 
  3. Cycling UK’s videos are available to view at:
    1. Touring vs bikepacking - what's the difference?
    2. How to plan a cycle route
    3. Cycle campers - what to pack
    4. How to take a beautiful photo
    5. Countryside Code for cycling off-road
  4. For further information on Cycling UK’s long-distance trails see:
    1. 2018: North Downs Way Riders’ Route
    2. 2019: Great North Trail
    3. 2020: King Alfred’s Way
    4. 2021: West Kernow Way
    5. 2022: Cantii Way
    6. 2022: Rebellion Way

Press contact information

For more information, please contact the national Cycling UK press office. If you would like to speak to a member of the press office during working hours (0900 - 1700) please call 07584 271 300

Cycling UK's series of bikepacking films

Cycle touring and bikepacking - what's the difference?

How to plan a cycle route

Cycle campers - what to pack?

How to take a beautiful photo

Countryside Code for cycling off-road