Now in its fifth year, Eroica Britannia is one of the UK’s best loved cycling events. This festival of music, food, cycling, dressing-up (and…well… anything else fun you can think of) attracts thousands of people to the north of England each year and, although it isn’t exactly in Sheffield, there are a good few people in The Outdoor City that can’t wait to join the other 4,500 cyclists on the Eroica Britannia trail this summer.
The three-day camping festival will run from 15-17 June 2018, with the main event ‘The world’s most handsome bike ride’ taking place on Sunday 17 June. Not for the faint hearted – the bike ride, although attached to the wider fun and frolics of the festival – has a decidedly more serious tone to it. To do the longer routes justice, we’re told you need to be looking good and cycling hard!
Taking in a variety of the stunning lanscape that the Peak District National Park is famed for (perfect for lovers of traditional Italian L’Eroica), there are three distance options to select from so you can tailor your ride to your ability. The 30-mile Tourist Route is more family friendly and suitable for all abilites, while the 60-mile Sportsman Route includes a 4560ft of elevation for the more adventurous rider.
Finally, only heroes need apply for the gruelling 100-mile Hero Route including 7,565 ft of elevation and testing the legs of anyone fearless enough to take it on, ouch. Collectively the cyclists will ride a whopping 250,000 miles as they're encouraged by the rapturous applause of festival goers en route.
Cycling aside, Eroica Britannia is as well known for its three-day camping festival as it is for its handsome bike ride. Complete with live music acts, family entertainment, food, beer and more, you’ll find something for the whole family at Eroica Britannia.
As you’re here reading this, you’ll probably be interested to know that it is a stone’s throw from the Outdoor City (17 miles), which is no doubt why nearly 700 Sheffield folk entered last year’s bike ride and hundreds of families joined the camping fun.
This year the three-day family campsite is located in the green and very pleasant farmlands surrounding Friden Grange, which is about 11 miles from Buxton and just an hour’s drive from Sheffield.
So what are you waiting for? Full information and tickets can be found on the official Eroica Britannia website.
And if you are coming from a bit further afield – make sure you stop off and say hi to Sheffield – there’s a lot going on in these seven hills.