Brother in the Wild North | Sold Out!

Location: Lancashire, UK
Dates: Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July 2023
Price: £80 per person – bell tent and campervan tickets also available

We’re excited to announce that our 2 day bikepacking, gravel grinding, adventure seeking festival – Brother in the Wild – will head to the north of England in 2023!

Across 2 days, 3 routes will explore the Rough Stuff Fellowship’s northern backyard (check out RSF archive p.47, p.130, p.162, p.164). Each route follows a mix of terrain that will show you the best trails Lancashire has to offer. Cobbles, quarries, bridleways and old train lines crisscross tower climbs, hidden reservoirs and old Lancashire towns to give you a true sense of what the North has to offer.

The Routes
Day 1 has 2 routes, both challenging with the longer route providing a chance to experience old coal roads, wind farm gravel tracks and parts of the Pennine Bridleway, plus a climb up the infamous ‘Rake’ (National Hill Climb).

Day 2 is more relaxed, staying local to basecamp and exploring the local follys and castle, including a trip up the impressive mast climb on Winter Hill. Expect gravel, mud and cobbles on all the routes!

We’re also encouraging people to tip their caps to the Rough Stuff Fellowship. Ride in wool, bring your old school rig, panniers or waxed ponchos; there may even be some prizes to win!

Dan Monaghan / Cadence Images / Route Creator: “I’ve tried to create routes that give people an experience of what we have up north. Lots of views across the moors, 3 tower climbs and a visit to the mast. Both days are different, with a longer route on day 1 that shouldn’t be underestimated. I hope everyone enjoys the riding up North, it’s very different to our other Brother events but should be equally as special.”

Home for the weekend is a campsite at the amazing Rivington Brewery. Based at the foot of Winter Hill, expect great northern hospitality, stunning views and fantastic beers. As well as the impressive tap room Rivington also offers mouth-watering food from a number of independent food trucks – including sourdough pizzas, burgers and fresh coffee in the morning.

As well as the rides, guests will also be treated to some fantastic campsite entertainment in the form of Friday night film screenings and some inspiring bikepacking related talks. We’ve also collaborated with some local brands who’ll be getting involved over the weekend – with Outdoor Provisions providing a feed station, Restrap showing some of their latest films and the team at Keep Pedalling Manchester helping out with last minute mechanicals and spares!

Thank you to our partners and friends for their support:

Essential Information:

  • Route distances: Saturday 48 or 54 miles / Sunday 24 miles
  • The routes are mostly off-road – we therefore recommend using a bike with 38mm tyres or larger
  • The event is based at the Rivington Brewery – nearest train station Adlington or a approx. 40 minute ride from Bolton and Wigan
  • Drinking water, toilets and hot showers are available in camp
  • Bring full camping kit as if you were out in the wild!
  • Hot food and refreshments available from Friday night to Sunday morning – not included in ticket price
  • There are also 4 x glamping style bell tents with amazing views – each sleeping two people – available as an add on when buying tickets
  • There are also a limited number of campervan/motorhome spaces available with electrical hook-ups – available as an add on when buying tickets
  • Please note all guests staying in bell tents and campervans must also purchase their own event ticket
  • We encourage guests to travel to the event by bike, however there is limited parking at the campsite available on a first come first served basis

Included with your ticket:

  • 2 nights camping – Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July
  • Saturday and Sunday route information shared as GPX files
  • 1 x welcome beer or non-alcoholic drink
  • Brother in the Wild dangle disc and event patch
  • Welcome goodies from partner brands
  • 2023 ‘Brother in the Wild’ t-shirt – £15 with ticket purchase

Please note: refunds are available up to and no later than 30 days before the start of the event. We will accept ticket transfers up to 14 days before the event.


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