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Mountain Biking in The Peak District

Peak District

• Guided mountain biking in the Peak District
• Bikes available - or use your own
• Learn uphill & downhill riding techniques
• Discover the best places to ride!

What's Included

  • One day introduction to Mountain Biking
  • Welcome, intoduction and briefing with tea or coffee
  • You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide throughout
  • Experience some of the UK's best mountain biking trails 
  • Expert tuition to improve your technique and gain confidence
  • Learn about body position, footwork, line choice and cornering on the natural trail
  • Bring your own mountain bike or opt for bike hire (available for £30, payable when booking your date)
  • You will form part of a small group of up to 6 participants for this experience

What Can I Expect

Go on a two-wheeled adventure on these Peak District mountain biking experiences! This part of Derbyshire boasts some of the very best mountain bike rides in the whole of the country. There are endless tracks and trails offering beautiful views. 

You don't need any mountain biking experience or knowledge for these rides out. As long as you can cycle, you can enjoy the Peak District on a mountain bike. These courses are also ideal if you own a mountain bike, but want to learn more about where and how to ride in the open countryside.

We are offering full day courses, with the option of bringing your own bike, or using one of the centre's hire bikes. If you use your own bike, it must be suitable for the off road terrain of the Peak District, with things like a minimum of 80mm front suspension, good brakes (disc brakes preferably), quick release seat post clamp and suitable tyres. If you're not sure, the Peak District MTB team will check if your bike is suitable.

As for where you'll be riding - well, the world is truly your oyster around the Peak District. Ancient paths (long before mountain bikes were invented) make for superb open trails for MTBers. They are all bridleways, BOATs (Bridleways Open to All Traffic), or restricted byways, which means you can ride a bike on all of them.

Criss-crossing over hills, moorlands, down valleys and round rocky outcrops, these routes are truly superb. Accompanied by expert guides, you'll learn the technique for riding uphill on your mountain bike and for hitting the descents with ease (it's all about where you put your weight on the bike). Then there's orientation. There are no specific mountain bike signposted routes, so you'll learn about route navigation too.

Around the Hope Valley and Hathersage area, where this outdoor centre has its base, there are some truly classic Peak District mountain biking trails. These full-day MTB courses will show you the very best routes to pedal, giving you confidence and building up your mountain bike knowledge too.


  • Selected Saturdays throughout the year
  • Sessions start at 09.30 finishing around 16.30


  • Peak District, locations may vary within this area
  • Meeting Point is Hope Valley, Bamford

Suitable For

  • Minimum age is 18
  • A good, general level of fitness is required

Anything Else

Equipment required

  • You will need a hardtail or full suspension mountain bike in good working order (available for hire if required for £30 - inc. helmet)
  • Helmet
  • Clothing suited to the weather (waterproofs, warm tops, gloves, etc)
  • Comfortable footwear for riding in
  • A good supply of snacks and a drink
  • Sun cream, and sunglasses


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Rating: 4 stars
Sheila Coad
Had a great day out with group & our leader Dan. So lucky with the weather, def recommend to friends