The Bee Line 200

A supported or self-supported adventure

15 – 18 May 2025, Irlam, Greater Manchester

What is the Bee Line 200?

This is 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.

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..

Why the Bee Line?

The worker bee has been a symbol of Manchester for over 150 years. It represents the work ethic and unity of workers during the industrial revolution with the city’s mills and factories being a ‘hive of activity’. The physicality required to get round this route as well as the camaraderie on this and other similar events means the Bee Line is an apt and fitting name..


200 miles (322 km)


19,800k feet (6,040m)


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What’s included in supported option ?

– Event information pack

– 3 nights camping

– 3 buffet breakfasts

–  Luggage transfers

– Comprehensive route guide

– Fully detailed OS maps

– GPX files

– Public liability insurance

– Event T-shirt

– Big discount on Exposure Lights

What’s included in bikepacking option ?

– Event information pack

– Comprehensive route guide

– Fully detailed OS maps

– GPX files

– Public liability insurance

– Big discount on Exposure Lights

Something For Everyone!

It’s exactly the same route, but whether it’s a fully supported four dayer with a little bit of luxury or a self-supported bikepacking adventure, the choice is yours?

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How hard is this event?
The 200 mile distance and the 19,800ft of elevation gain is a big challenge on its own. With a large part of the route being off-road and with plenty of opportunities to test your skills, together will make this event a pretty tough ride for most. Daily distances on the supported event are approximately 55, 45, 50 & 50.

What type of bike do I need?
A short travel mountain bike, either hardtail or full suspension would be ideal. A gravel bike shod with the biggest possible tyres could also be suitable, though some of the numerous descents and gnarly sections will push your bike and your skills to the limit! Whatever your choice, your bike will need some decent off-road tyres and be in good working order.

When and Where do the events start and finish?
The events start and finish on the western side of Greater Manchester (exact location to be determined). The supported event starts at 9am* on Thursday 15th May whilst  the unsupported bikepacking event will start the following day at midday*, Friday 16th May. Both events officially finish on Sunday 19th May, (* times subject to confirmation).

How will I get to and from the start/finish?
We recognise a lot of people will not be local to the event and need to travel. We strongly encourage people to get the train or car share to minimise the impact of the event. The area has good rail links from the Midlands and the North.

Where will I park?
There will be ample parking at the start/finish venue. Details will be released a bit nearer the time.

Can I enter on the day?
No, entries will close 2 weeks (1 week for self-supported option) before the events start. 

Will event run in bad weather?
Yes, for example if part of the route is flooded, a diversion will be in force.

I’m planning on arriving the night before, is there anywhere to camp/stay?
There’s plenty of hotel/B&B accommodation to be  found in nearby Altrincham, Lymm, Irlam or Urmston. Pre & post event camping details will be released later.


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