Bee Line 200

Date: Thu 15 May, 2025 - Sun 18 May, 2025

Venue: Manchester

THE BEE LINE 200: a 200 mile circumnavigation of Greater Manchester

15-18th May 2025, start/finish - Irlam, Greater Manchester.

(Supported 4 day epic starts 15/5, Self-supported bikepacking starts 16/5)

What is the Bee Line 200?

A 200 mile MTB/Gravel route that orbits Greater Manchester in an anti-clockwise direction. It has been created with the purpose of linking some classic off-road riding spots this area offers. For 2025, we are hosting a four day supported event alongside a self-supported bikepacking adventure.

Riding through Cheshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Lancashire, the many highlights will include some of the best off-road biking trails found in the North West.

You will encounter a huge array of trail gems over the 200 mile distance, taking in bridleways, byways, singletrack, moorland, woodland, urban and some purpose-built MTB trails.

Not only is the riding superb, the views from the likes of Macclesfield Forest, Rushup Edge, Lantern Pike and Peel Tower are fantastic too, regularly capturing glimpses of the Manchester skyline in the distance.

The events start on the western side of Greater Manchester and head south-east towards Macclesfield. Here begins a lengthy off-road section that winds through the Peak District – one of England’s most iconic MTB destinations. The route through the Peaks initially heads east on the limestone trails of the White Peak before tuning north to eventually join classic gritstone sections of the Dark Peak. The route continues north on tough Pennine trails to dip into the Calder Valley at Todmordon before turning west to traverse the Lancashire Fells, overlooking the city of Manchester, all the way to Rivington Pike – a previous Commonwealth games MTB venue. A mixture of gravel, bike path and urban trails then complete the route back onto the flatlands of Cheshire to end this epic.

There are many surprises on this route, ranging from superb technical singletrack, great architecture and a fascinating history.

But beware! this is a very tough route for bike and rider which includes many remote moorland areas above 400m. Some sections have a very high technical aspect too, with many steep, rocky trails, up and down.

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