We are sorry to announce that the Cycle Touring Festival 2020 has been cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation. The next ‘proper’ festival will take place on 28-31 May 2021.

In the meantime, we are hosting a virtual festival, over the weekend of 25-26 April 2020.  See here for more information.

The focus of the 2020 festival was intended to be ‘Travel Lightly’.  We had planned to feature cycling adventures closer to home, and those which avoid flying wherever possible.  Cycling is the most environmentally friendly mode of transport, and we wanted to celebrate that.

2020 talks and workshops (NOW CANCELLED)

Selection only – full list was still to be confirmed when the event was cancelled.
Tales from the road

Lost Lanes North – Jack Thurston

Trans Pennine Trail – Louise & Jem Clines

Bizarre Biking – Britain’s oddest places to ride – Rob Ainsley

Exploring Andalucia – Cress Allwood

Trip planning

Flight free travel – Debs Butler

Wild camping – Pete Gostelow

Best of Britain – Anna Hughes

Great North Trail and other UK off road trails – Cycling UK

Santander to Portugal – Andrew Sykes

Forging the Oyster Wheel – Tim Boden

Touring with a dog – Lucy Goldsmith

Touring Israel & Palestine – Julian Sayerer

Toulon to Valencia with a folding bike – Frank Burns

Discovering the UK by bike with the help of the British Cycle Quest – Jacqui and Dominic Godfrey

A time of birds – Helen Moat

Thighs of Steel – Harri

Mind, body, planet

…and the aftermath is troubling – John Devoy

Keeping your back healthy on your – Stephen Lord

Shelter building – Tim Millikin

Hope and this road – Fearghal O’Nuallain

Adventure Plus – Kate Rawles

The cycling poet – Caroline Burrows

Practical workshops

Broken Spoke extravaganza on bike maintenance

Wheelbuilding (advance booking required by contacting Ghyllside Cycles)

Making your own e-zine – Abi & Lilith

Wild camping – Pete Gostelow

Ortleib repairs – Lyon Equipment

Hear from the Cicerone authors
Cycle touring kit
Family-friendly sessions

Children are welcome to any of our talks and workshops, but there will be some specific child-friendly activities going on, including a special session on bike maintenance for children, a treasure hunt and a family tent with games on offer.


PLUS tell us your own story in the Open Mike session on Saturday night!  You will have three minutes to tell us about your adventure before the bell is rung and you have to get off the stage.