Galloway Gallop Adventure Cross


Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this event. More information as to why and what you need to do can be found below.

Galloway Gallop Adventure Cross

Sunday 23rd September 2018

UPDATE - 19th March 2018 - EVENT CANCELLED

We are sorry to inform you that due to unforeseen circumstances, we will no longer be able to run this year’s Galloway Gallop Adventure Cross on 23rd September 2018.
We understand that you will share our disappointment and we are very sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

If you had already entered the event, you will receive an email with instructions on how to transfer to another event, claim a refund or donate your entry fee to Alzheimer's Research UK. 

For any enquiries about the event, please contact:


The Galloway Gallop route is predominantly forest road so is significantly less technical than some other rounds, however that doesn’t mean there is no variation in the surface as you will be riding everything from loose gravel to bedrock or even crushed shells, a highly unusual man-made surface.

There is plenty of challenging climbs and the views at the top are breathtaking, more so than the effort of climbing them. Hold something back for Archie’s Alp which occurs right at the end of both routes and is a test for your legs even when fresh.

One of the key things to be aware of is the exposed nature of parts of this route, whilst there are lots of sections within the shelter of the forests there is also long stretches of open moorland. Fingers crossed for a glorious day as in previous years but even so make sure you are carrying extra layers.

Galloway forest was given the status of Dark-Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association, a reflection of how empty the park is – there are no homes or street lights to pollute the night sky. However whilst the forest appears initially empty of man-made intrusions, the evidence of human activity is all around.

The route runs along part of an old railway line and through an old platform, it’s one of the only giveaways, other than the viaduct that you ride across, that a railway ever existed there. A local landowner claims that the moment when John Buchan jumped off the train in 39 steps was inspired by the terrain at Loch Skerrow and Big Water of Fleet Viaduct.  The platform at Loch Skerrow, that the route passes, was one of the highest and most remote in the country.

Of all the Adventure Cross routes this is the most remote and wild, a real antidote to the busy and often over-crowded roads many of us ride on. The Galloway Gallop is definitely an experience not to miss out on.


This Event Includes:

  • Facilities and parking
  • Mechanical support
  • Medical support
  • Full route marking
  • Rider public liability insurance
  • Feed Stops
  • Energy food and drink
  • Electronic chip timing
  • Web results service
  • Online certificates
  • Finisher gift
  • Finisher medal
  • On site catering
  • Pick-up wagons
  • Photos by SportivePhoto
  • Retail Opportunities

Route Information

Route: Massif

Distance: 69 Miles   


Difficulty: 6/10
Route: Mini Massif

Distance: 52 Miles   


Difficulty: 6/10

Event Video

Key Information

Operationally run with our partners and friends at Rather Be Cycling

PLEASE NOTE: Adventure Cross events are not open to riders under the age of 16 years. Riders aged 16 to 18 years are permitted to ride the short route (Mini Massif) but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Terms and Conditions apply.

Timings for your ride

Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride and make them available via

Event photography by SportivePhoto

SportivePhoto will be taking pictures of all riders at this event. Please visit once you have taken part in the event to view your photos!

Terms and Conditions

By purchasing an event entry you agree to the UK Cycling Events terms and conditions.

Terms and Conditions can be read here.

Route distances and elevations are approximate and subject to change. Changes can be due to road closures or for safety reasons. Any changes will be kept to a minimum where possible.