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Date details
27th Aug 2021 – 30th Aug 2021
Difficulty
All levels
Duration
4 days
Group size
Up to 38
Location
Embercombe and Dartmoor
Activity
Cycle
Price
From £450
Meeting point
Embercombe, Devon

Why the Wellness Weekender?

Blending a boutique cycling experience with morning yoga, gong baths and optional workshops in sustainable living, we head to the very edge of Dartmoor National Park for nature connection, stillness, singletrack roads and wild ponies. Expect to leave your bank holiday feeling rejuvenated, reconnected and restored.

Booking Options

Ticket Type Availability Total Price Price per Person
Single Yurt 3 £575 £575
2 Person Yurt 3 £1,090 £545
3 Person Yurt 8 £1,635 £545
5 Person Family Yurt 1 £2,250 £450


*You can secure a booking with only a 25% deposit.

Wellness Weekender, Devon

August bank holiday, 2021

A weekend of warmth, wellness, stunning cycling and reconnection.

Our weekend base is Embercombe, a 50-acre eco-estate on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. A place known for its sustainability programmes, rewilding schemes, community projects and a deep-rooted nature connection there’s plenty to explore on-site. There’s beekeeping, wildflower meadows, oak woodland, stone circles, fruit orchards and even a lake for wild swimming. 

After daily rides and activities, we’ll nestle into comfortable, cosy yurts set up with beds, bedding and woodfired stoves. Yurts are available for individuals and bubbles of 2, 3 and 5. Prices differ slightly depending on which you choose. This is glamping at its best. 

Highlights

  • Stay under canvas in spacious and comfortable yurts
  • Wake to the sound of bird song
  • A selection of different riding options each day exploring the Devonshire countryside and Dartmoor National park. Something for everyone
  • Discover Embercombe, a sustainable smallholding with a focus on personal development
  • Be refreshed and invigorated with yoga lessons and gong baths
  • Cool off in Embercombe’s lake
  • Eat organic nutritious food
  • Workshops and talks from a variety of sustainability inspired areas including rewilding and a fireside talk from Embercombe founder and public speaker, Mac.

About Embercombe

Embercombe is a place that pairs inner growth with outer action, inspiring people to live in close relationship with nature. The site is a beautiful 50 acre rewilding estate on the edge of Dartmoor and a place to find a deep connection with nature – wild nature around us and wild nature within us.

The land at Embercombe is a mix of nature scapes to reconnect with, from mature oak woodlands that are over 150 years old, meadows and pastures for our family of sheep we have on the land, to various fruit orchards and gardens to explore, as well as our sacred stone circle and sacred well to seek counsel from. It is a place for nature connection, self-development, inspiration and engaging in nature.

To view the route and see what's included and not included in the trip, download our tour pack with all the details.

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Off the saddle

Embercombe offers lots of activities at an additional cost. These include storytelling sessions, gong baths, crafting workshops, rewilding walks, a ‘meet the bee’s’ talk, ceremonies in the stone circle, wild cooking and singing. 

Some of these may be available to you at an additional cost depending on covid-restrictions at the time. We’re working closely with workshop leaders and the venue and closer to departure we’ll be asking you which, if any, of the available sessions you’d like to take part in (and the associated costs).

Download our Wellness Weekender tour pack and find out more about the amazing routes we take, what to pack, how to get there, plus compare with our other trips and more!

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Meet your guides!

Rosie Riley

Rosie Riley

Co-Founder/Director of Adventure Uncovered, writer and dedicated North Sea surfer who settles for cycling, running and outdoor swimming when in London. Advocate and promoter of sustainability and clean technology in the UK corporate sector and developing countries.

Joe Reid

Joe Reid

Joe Reid is the Founder of Brake the Cycle, a company that takes groups on bike tours across the UK and Europe. From epic adventures such as Lands End - John O’Groats to weekend retreats combining cycling and yoga, all their tours boast a unique, sustainability infused twist.

Shalyn Wilkins

Shalyn Wilkins

Since joining her first Brake the Cycle trip, Shalyn has been hooked on adventuring by bike. Having now converted countless friends and family (and sometimes even strangers) to the joys of biking, Shalyn joins us to lead rides and share her infectious enthusiasm for exploring by bike, opportunistic yoga, sharing good food and camping under the stars. It's also quite possible that Shalyn holds the record for the most puncture-repairs in a calendar year - so we're glad to be in experienced hands.

James Ballantyne

James Ballantyne

James's first Brake the Cycle trip was back in 2015 when he cycled LEJOG. Since then he's crewed on many trips, across 5 different countries. James loves languages and can speak French, Spanish and Italian as well as his native English. When not cycling James works as a civil servant on UK government climate change policy.

Trip FAQs

What kind of places do we stay?

We’ll be staying in beautiful yurts of different sizes. Each yurt has its own bed and woodfired stove. Depending on your booking you’ll be staying in a single yurt or with those in your bubble. You will not be sharing a yurt with anyone outside of your bubble. 

Do I need to train? Will I be fit enough?

Of course, training is advised, if only to make it a more comfortable and enjoyable experience when you arrive. Build it up with regular, easy rides: it’s all about creating a rhythm and getting into the swing of things.

But this trip is different from the Coast and Castles and Coast to Coast. There’ll be two options each day, a longer hillier route and an easier shorter route (both equally as beautiful). This means we really can cater for all levels of fitness although we guarantee you’ll be ready for food, a drink and an early night at the end of each day!

How about getting there and back again?

You’ll need to arrive into Embercombe by 18:30 when we have the Meet and Greet. We’ll be running transfers from Exeter station during the afternoon and suggest you arrive in good time to get set up and settled. Plus, it’s a beautiful site, so get down here and explore! Once you’ve booked on we’ll get more details on train times etc. 

On Monday morning we’ll run transfers to Exeter station again to get you to your train in good time. There’s parking on site for those driving or carsharing. 

Do I need travel insurance?

We highly recommend you get some.

What kind of food will I be eating?

Embercombe will provide healthy, nutritious and delicious meals. All vegetarian and with lots of options for vegans. We know how important it is to keep fuelled with nourishing food.

Bring a little extra cash for any stops in cafes or shops.

What’s the weather up to?

Whilst this trip is running in the height of the UK summer, the weather is getting increasingly difficult to predict. We'd recommend ensuring you at least have something warm for the evening and a waterproof for the ride.

What will the terrain be like?

Dartmoor is beautiful but hilly. The hills are long (relatively!) but can be steep in sections. It makes for a brilliant ride! We’ll be keeping to quiet, well surfaced roads as much as possible so we suggest a road or hybrid bike. 

Any questions on whether your bike ‘is good enough’ just get in touch with us.

What cycling grade is this ride? 

We’ve graded this weekend 2 / 5 and 4 / 5 because we cater to both! Each day there’ll be two options, a gentler route and a challenge.. Take your pick on the day! )

Can I hire a bike from you? 

No, unfortunately, we don’t have bikes to hire.

How does this trip compare to others?

Location

Our base for the weekend is a short hop from Dartmoor National Park (where we will cycle) and the city of Exeter in Devon.

Embercombe, Devon

Embercombe runs experiential programmes that aim to ignite a spark of courageous and active leadership for a just, peaceful, and sustainable world.

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