Lockdown Inspiration // Pannier’s ‘Homescapes: Peak District’

With a national lockdown now firmly in place across the UK we thought it the perfect time to share this inspirational journal piece from the guys at Pannier. Following Stefan, Dave and their two Big Bros on a bikepacking overnighter through the Peak District National Park last year – making the most of their local trails:

“The world was our oyster. Until it wasn’t. Hard to swallow in the early stages of a global pandemic, I was soon riding the wave of appreciation for local: local green-spaces; local businesses; local adventure and escape. So, when Brooks England asked if we wanted to take their new Scape bikepacking bag range on a rugged test, we eagerly started plotting over my crazily-creased, heavily-highlighted maps of the Peak District National Park; our Homescape…”

“At a modest 1,437 km², the United Kingdom’s first designated National Park makes a real bikepacking playground for a couple of days – a good blend of mild and wild, tarmac and gravel, moorland and grassland, forest and farm – with established routes like the Pennine Bridleway, Peak200 and Great North Trail tracking through.”

“Proof, again, that accessible adventure can be found by heading out locally on a loaded bikepacking bike – the familiar becomes unfamiliar; comfortable uncomfortable; knowns unknowns…”

So make a brew and head over to the Pannier journal > here < to read the full story – hopefully this will provide a welcome break from the current lockdown and some inspiration for future trips once restrictions are eased. And if you want to build up your own Big Bro to tackle some future adventures then you don’t have long to wait as the 2021 frames should be with us in early March – keep your eyes peeled on our newsletter or Instagram for updates.

Stay safe out there everyone!