PPYCC Overnight mountain bike and camping trip September 9th-10th September

Overnight Mountain Bike trip to Gumber Bothy National Trust Camping Barn

As we have previously posted, the PPYCC Gumber Bothy trip is coming up next weekend, and there are still places available to join us all for a fantastic club event. Please could you email Charlie if you would like to join the trip- charlie@ppycc.org.uk Full information below. Please could all those who have already indicated they would like to come email Charlie as well to ensure we have everyone’s details.

Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th September

After a break of seven years we are finally returning to Gumber Bothy for an end of summer bunkbarn camping trip.

This is very much a social event with cycling thrown in. We will also be inviting our friends at VC Jubillee and Solent Pirates to join us.

Gumber Bothy, up on the South Downs near Bignor, is a fantastic place to spend the night and we have been lucky enough to secure exclusive access for PPYCC. Check out the website


Just like in 2010 the idea is to arrive on bike by cycling along the South Downs Way. On the Sunday we will cycle home reversing the route. But all are welcome however you arrive. We will use a support vehicle to bring in food, sleeping bags and tents etc. There is no direct vehicular access to the site. The NT will bring our gear in from Slindon village. There will be a drop off point on Friday for any kit you would like transported to the Bothy, time and place to be confirmed next week

The route is almost entirely off road using the South Downs Way but we will ride for about 3 miles on the road. The only busy road section is a one mile ride from Amberley to Houghton which we will ride as a group with PPYCC coaches at the front and rear. The section of the South Downs Way we are riding is bumpy in a lot of places although there are some smooth grassy sections. The main challenge will be the four ascents and descents on route. The full 28 mile route is challenging and we do not recommend that any riders under 10 years or any riders with no mountain bike experience years attempt the full route. We may offer alternative start points at Washington or Amberley for younger riders and tag bike riders if required. Strong parents may be able to manage the whole route pulling a tag bike but it would be a long bumpy day on the back for a child! Experienced riders should be able to manage riding a low geared Cross bike. There is also an option of only riding one of the two legs. All children will need assigned, consented adult supervision. We will have vehicular support, if for any reason enroute anyone finds they are unable to complete the journey and needs picking up.

Below is a download of the route. we will leave from Preston Park around 10am


Bookings can be made by email to charlie@ppycc.org.uk

Cost- £12 per adult and £6 per child