Its all about weeknight bike packing!
Summer always seems so fast, before you know it, every weekend is booked, so why not get out there on a weeknight! its totally doable, even with work in the morning.
I pedalled out From home, over the chain ferry to the ‘Isle of Purbeck’ on The Surly Karate monkey. I hit as much single track and gravel as possible to end up on the coast cliffs for a sleeping spot, with morning swimming options (essential in this heat)
Purbeck is magical at any time, but especially in the evening when the sun is low.
I managed to sneak in a swift pint at “The Square and Compass’ before heading down to the cliffs for a quick dip before finding a sleeping spot.
No need for a tent of even a bivvy bag! it was so warm.
Waking up to sunrise on a cliff edge was pretty special, seabirds gliding past and waves lapping the rocks below, I made a quick coffee, ate some oats and climbed down to the natural rock pools for a morning swim. I ended up swimming along the coast for about 500 yards, climbing up and exploring the ledges and caves as I went.
When I got back to my bike, a Guy had just climbed down to the water to let his golden retriever have a swim, he was hiking the south west coast path, just him and his dog. we had a nice chat and made a coffee.
The ride back was epic, beaming sunshine and empty dusty trails. Ill be heading out on a weeknight again soon for sure!