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Easter Bike Packing Micro Adventure

We hope you all had a great Easter weekend. We certainly did, we had a family trip out to Monk Park Farm near Thirsk. Arlo has a love for tractors and farm animals. He was in his element!

We have spent a lot of time talking over the last few months about where we should go for a family holiday this summer. We decided on a 4 day bike packing trip, where we haven’t decided yet though.

Friday afternoon Gem said “Sam why don’t we cycle to Muker and camp the night” Me: “Aye go on then” so we did we loaded the trailer and our bags for a night of adventure. Inspired by the ‘Micro Adventures’ book written by Alastair Humphreys. We set off on our one night of adventure!  


We had packed boil in bag meals but two minutes down the road the smell of fish and chips was too good to pass. It was Good Friday after all, so we picked up fish and chips from the fish van in Reeth and cycled to Healaugh to eat them on the green. Great cycling fuel!

We then got back on the bikes and headed another five and half miles down Swaledale to Muker. Where we camped at Usha Gap Campsite- the campsite is great, the facilities are amazingly good and it’s a stones throw away from a great pub.

9.5 miles up and down dale we arrived in Muker. The kids still had the energy to run wild, off they went exploring the campsite whilst Gem and I pitched the tents.

ZZZzzz a good nights sleep had by all.

Packed up for our return journey back to Reeth. This morning we had one thing on our minds ‘back to Reeth for the breakfast club’. We had 9.5 miles up and down dale with the wind on our backs thinking about that Full English Breakfast we would have when we arrived home.

The breakfast was great, we haven’t seen Millie eat that much that quick for breakfast for a long time. Massive smiles all round, Gem and I are so proud she cycled all that way with no moaning aged 7. Arlo just wanted to go faster all the time on the back Gems bike. “Mum faster” every five minutes.

Our little Easter micro adventure complete! Next time we aim to have three days away bike packing before the summer where we would like to do a four day trip!