Mountain bike guided Adventures

Discovering the best trails is hard work and takes a lot of time. Here in the Peak District, Staffordshire Moorlands and Derbyshire Dales we have some of the best natural riding and ‘off-piste’ routes (that’s jargon for not at a trail centre) in the UK.

Take the stress out of finding the best routes, single track and scenery the area has to offer. Let us guide you on an adventure to remember.

Sharing our riding experience and knowledge of the amazing trails and locations with like minded Mountain Bikers of all abilities is what we love.

Learn new skills and techniques as we are out and about, we’ll help you become more confident, you’ll end up smoother, faster and a safer rider. If you need to hire a mountain bike contact us to discuss options we have a good selection of partners where we can source you the very best bikes for use on our trips.

Information on how our booking system works:

  • As we offer a large variety of adventures, experiences and courses we don’t want to set a specific date for any of our offerings.
  • Our booking calendar allows you to book onto any of our specific adventures onto any of our available dates.
  • Minimum of 4 persons required for the experience/adventure to run.
  • Maximum 8 riders.
  • Once minimum number of riders have been met for that activity then that course will be the one that runs and confirmation of booking with then be sent to participants.
  • If the activity you have selected does not run to to minimum numbers not reached you can either choose another activity that is running on that date or contact us for one of our Private Bespoke Activities. 
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SEE JUST A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE ROUTES

We have put together just a small selection of our favourite guided adventures available for booking for all ability levels.  There are so many amazing areas to ride we thought we’d give you a small sample to wet your appetite if your new to the area.

If its a specific route or area you wish to ride or you simply want to tick off those bucket list trails just contact us on the link below.  With our help we can create a progressively challenging route where towards the end of the day with our input on skills advice you’ll be riding with increased confidence and riding with more control and speed. (This isn’t a specific skills course however, see our skills page for more details on those specific coaching sessions)

We are not limited to the Peak District so if you would like our guiding services and bike hire get in touch and we can work with you to create you an adventure to remember.

our ride grading system

GREEN

BLUE

RED

BLACK

All our adventures are graded so you know before you book exactly what the route is going to ask of you!

Using a combination of the philosophy used in UK climbing grading, which recognises both how techincal the climb is and ski and trail grading that acknowledges difficulty by colour, our route grading is designed to give you an idea of the skill level and fitness level required to book onto the chosen adventure by the colour and no of bars represented.

In order to make sure beginners aren’t overwhelmed or put in dangerous situations, and to make sure that experts get the challenge they expect we’ve introduced the grading system, It might seem a little overkill but we want to ensure all riders on the day get to ride with shredders of similar experience and skill.

SEE JUST A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE ROUTES

We have put together just a small selection of our favourite guided adventures available for booking for all ability levels.  There are so many amazing areas to ride we thought we’d give you a small sample to wet your appetite if your new to the area.

If its a specific route or area you wish to ride or you simply want to tick off those bucket list trails just contact us on the link below.  With our help we can create a progressively challenging route where towards the end of the day with our input on skills advice you’ll be riding with increased confidence and riding with more control and speed. (This isn’t a specific skills course, see our skills page for more details on coaching sessions)

 

Rowsley Circuit

£55.00 per person Full Day

An extremely scenic route that takes in a good chunk of the White Peak. A challenging blue or nice red this big loop of nearly 40km has a good mixture of challenging rocky decent on the limestone around Lathkill Dale, while mixing up the woodland single track with surprise climbs and descents you wouldn’t think were there in passing.

A great chance to stop in various places including Bakewell, the village of Edensor and the grounds of Chatsworth Estate.

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Course Details

Rowsley Circuit
  • Distance 41.08km
  • Elevation Gain 1,043m
  • Capacity: 6

Grade

Rowsley Circuit

Rowsley Circuit

£55.00 per person Full day

Grade

An extremely scenic route that takes in a good chunk of the White Peak. A challenging blue or nice red this big loop of nearly 40km has a good mixture of challenging rocky decent on the limestone around Lathkill Dale, while mixing up the woodland single track with surprise climbs and descents you wouldn’t think were there in passing.

A great chance to stop in various places including Bakewell, the village of Edensor and the grounds of Chatsworth Estate

  • Distance 41.08km
  • Elevation Gain 1,043m
  • Max Riders: 8
  • Min Riders: 4
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Gradbach Loop​

£55.00 per person Full day

Grade

ur classic training loop taking you from our Cycle Hub deep into the South West Peak District on this not so well ridden route but definitely one to try.

It has some road work in it as we cross over towards Macclesfield Forest via Wildboarclough and Cumberland Clough renowned as on of the best descents and most challenging in the Peak District. Building up speed on a number of fast corners with tricky gullies theres a brief rest before it starts over again with a run down a rock and root strewn track.

  • Distance 30.61mi
  • Elevation Gain 4,472ft
  • Capacity: 6
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Gradbach Loop

£55.00 per person Full Day

Our classic training loop taking you from our Cycle Hub deep into the South West Peak District on this not so well ridden route but definitely one to try.

It has some road work in it as we cross over towards Macclesfield Forest via Wildboarclough and Cumberland Clough renowned as on of the best descents and most challenging in the Peak District. Building up speed on a number of fast corners with tricky gullies theres a brief rest before it starts over again with a run down a rock and root strewn track.

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Course Details

  • Distance 30.61mi
  • Elevation Gain 4,472ft
  • Capacity: 6

Grade

Peak Enduro Epic

Peak Enduro Epic

£80.00 per person Full Day

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This is a tough challenge, you’ll need your skills as well as your fitness for this 40 mile route across the Peak District from Chinley to Dore in Sheffield.

Taking in all the Peaks classic descents and more, extremely challenging climbs mixed with stunning scenery and remote locations go to ensuring you’ll remember this experience for quite a long time. Its point to point so we’ll be getting transport back from Sheffield in our courtesy bus or on the train after a well deserved refreshment stop.

This is a good one if your training for a long distance race or challenge event or you just fancy testing yourself. This route is slightly long for the e-bikes without a big charge en-route, we do a shorter bike version just to stay within the battery capabilities if your interested..

  • Distance 39.21mi
  • Elevation Gain 6,280ft
  • Capacity: 6
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Peak Enduro Epic

£65.00 per person Full Day

This is a tough challenge, you’ll need your skills as well as your fitness for this 40 mile route across the Peak District from Chinley to Dore in Sheffield.

Taking in all the Peaks classic descents and more, extremely challenging climbs mixed with stunning scenery and remote locations go to ensuring you’ll remember this experience for quite a long time. Its point to point so we’ll be getting transport back from Sheffield in our courtesy bus or on the train after a well deserved refreshment stop.

This is a good one if your training for a long distance race or challenge event or you just fancy testing yourself. This route is slightly long for the e-bikes without a big charge en-route, we do a shorter bike version just to stay within the battery capabilities if your interested.

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Course Details

Peak Enduro Epic
  • Distance 39.21mi
  • Elevation Gain 6,280ft
  • Capacity: 6

Grade

Killer Hope Loop

Killer Hope Loop​

£55.00 per person Full day

Grade

Think your hard enough? Come on then lets give it a try.

This classic route attempted by many is a gruling one. With seven big climbs this route features almost all the best descents in the Dark Peak, you’ll definitely deserve that post ride cake when we reach Hope.

Plenty of stops en-route to refuel

  • Distance 36.75m
  • Elevation Gain 5,705ft
  • Capacity: 6
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Killer Hope Loop

£55.00 per person Full Day

Think your hard enough? Come on then lets give it a try.

  • This classic route attempted by many is a gruling one. With seven big climbs this route features some of the best descents in the Dark Peak, you’ll definitely deserve that post ride cake when we reach Hope.

 

Some of the trails we’ll encounter on this bucket list route:

Pindale Singletrack 
The Beast 
CaveDale
Mam Nick
Screaming Mile
Potato Alley
Whinstone Tor
Derwent Edge

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Course Details

Killer Hope Loop
  • Distance 36.75m
  • Elevation Gain 5,705ft
  • Capacity: 6

Grade

Classic Ladybower

Classic Ladybower

£55.00 per person Full day

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Starting from Hope railway station this route is a great Hope Valley introduction if you’ve not visited before.

Classified as a red route there’s lots of variety from rocky descents to great single track, woodland trails and remote moorland riding. We have the option to extend this route and pick up some other famous Peak classic trails if good progress is made. 

  • Distance 18.45mi
  • Elevation Gain 2,542ft
  • Capacity: 8
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Classic Ladybower

£55.00 per person Full Day

Starting from Hope railway station this route is a great Hope Valley introduction if you’ve not visited before.

Classified as a red route there’s lots of variety from rocky descents to great single track, woodland trails and remote moorland riding. We have the option to extend this route and pick up some other famous Peak classic trails if good progress is made. 

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Course Details

Classic Ladybower

Grade

  • Distance 18.45mi
  • Elevation Gain 2,542ft
  • Capacity: 6
Rowsley Circuit

Manifold Valley Tour​

£40.00 per person Half Day

Grade

Starting at Hartington Youth Hostel this relaxed chilled out tour across some of the nicest White Peak scenery you’ll come across, the stunning limestone gorges of the Manifold Valley and Thors Cave. This route is split into thirds, nice single track mixed with easy going tracks and lanes combined with paved cycle routes.

Its graded blue/red as it does have a few sections of technical riding so its not a beginner route but the sections are walkable if you do wish to attempt this route.

We’ll pass on our skills to help you improve your technique and confidence as the day goes on.

We pass some great villages with cafes, pubs and tea rooms so this is a great route for a mixed day out.

  • Distance 15.76mi
  • Elevation Gain 1,525ft
  • Capacity: 6
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Manifold Valley Tour

£40.00 per person Half Day

Starting at Hartington Youth Hostel this relaxed chilled out tour across some of the nicest White Peak scenery you’ll come across, the stunning limestone gorges of the Manifold Valley and Thors Cave. This route is split into thirds, nice single track mixed with easy going tracks and lanes combined with paved cycle routes.

Its graded blue/red as it does have a few sections of technical riding taking it into an Intermediate category but the sections are walkable if you do wish to attempt this route.

We’ll pass on our skills to help you improve your technique and confidence as the day goes on.

We pass some great villages with cafes, pubs and tea rooms so this is a great route for a mixed day out.

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Course Details

  • Distance 15.76mi
  • Elevation Gain 1,525ft
  • Capacity: 6

Grade

Totley Moor

Totley Moor

£40.00 per person Half Day

Grade

An extremely scenic route that takes in a good chunk of the White Peak. A challenging blue or nice red this big loop of nearly 40km has a good mixture of challenging rocky decent on the limestone around Lathkill Dale, while mixing up the woodland single track with surprise climbs and descents you wouldn’t think were there in passing.

A great chance to stop in various places including Bakewell, the village of Edensor and the grounds of Chatsworth Estate

  • Distance 11.52mi
  • Elevation Gain 787ft
  • Capacity: 6
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Totley Moor

£40.00 per person Half Day

This great half day little loop is a nice introduction to the variety of terrain we have in the Peaks. It’s got a good amount of pedalling and takes in great views over to Sheffield and the valley out to Chatsworth from Curbar Edge.

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Course Details

Totley Moor
  • Distance 11.52mi
  • Elevation Gain 787ft
  • Capacity: 6

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Friden Rail Loop​

£40.00 per person Half Day

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Beginner Route taking in mostly disused railways, gravel tracks and a small amount of road. 
This is a perfect introduction to riding in the Peaks, almost traffic free with amazing open views over the White Peak.
Taking in sections of the Tissington Trial and Pennine Bridleway this leisurely route has lots of options for calling passing through traditional Peak District villages for refreshments.

  • Distance 13.01mi
  • Elevation Gain 513ft
  • Capacity: 6
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Friden Rail Loop

£40.00 per person Half Day

Beginner Route taking in mostly disused railways, gravel tracks and a small amount of road. 
This is a perfect introduction to riding in the Peaks, almost traffic free with amazing open views over the White Peak.
Taking in sections of the Tissington Trial and Pennine Bridleway this leisurely route has lots of options for calling passing through traditional Peak District villages for refreshments.

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Course Details

  • Distance 13.01mi
  • Elevation Gain 513ft
  • Capacity: 6

Grade

Buxton & The Goyt Valley

Buxton & The Goyt Valley

£40.00 per person Half Day

Grade

This pleasant tour from Buxton takes in wild moorland scenery making its way across to Taxal and Whaley Bridge before heading back through the forest tracks of the Goyt Valley.

  • Distance 16.22mi
  • Elevation Gain 2,403ft
  • Capacity: 6
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Buxton & The Goyt Valley

£40.00 per person Half Day

This pleasant tour from Buxton takes in wild moorland scenery making its way across to Taxal and Whaley Bridge before heading back through the forest tracks of the Goyt Valley.

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Course Details

Buxton & The Goyt Valley
  • Distance 16.22mi
  • Elevation Gain 2,403ft
  • Capacity: 6

Grade

Dambusters Circuit

£40.00 per person Half Day

Grade

An extremely scenic route that takes in a good chunk of the White Peak. A challenging blue or nice red this big loop of nearly 40km has a good mixture of challenging rocky decent on the limestone around Lathkill Dale, while mixing up the woodland single track with surprise climbs and descents you wouldn’t think were there in passing.

A great chance to stop in various places including Bakewell, the village of Edensor and the grounds of Chatsworth Estate

  • Distance 41.08km
  • Elevation Gain 1,043m
  • Max Riders: 8
  • Min Riders: 4
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Dambusters Circuit

£40.00 per person Half Day

Beginner ride around Derwent and Howden Reservoir

A great beginner loop for those wanting a leisurely ride on a gravel or mountain bike this ride around Derwent and Howden Reservoir is relatively flat ranging from quite roads to closed tracks.

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Course Details

  • Distance 16.00mi
  • Elevation Gain 996ft
  • Capacity: 6

Grade

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Technical and Fitness rating

There are so many amazing routes we have access to in the Peaks, so whether you are an individual or a group, we want to ensure the route is suitable for your fitness and technical ability.

We want to make sure everyone has an amazing time and experience and develops their confidence in a controlled way, and that all the group ride within their ability and comfort zone.

Each of our routes are assigned a technical and fitness grade so your able to assess if the adventure is right for you, it also allows us to plan the best route and ensure all riders are on a similar level when out riding together.

ONE Grade - TWO Components

Colour:

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The colours signify the technical diffculty of the route or adventure, just like a trail marker or ski piste.

If you are relatively new to the sport or looking to improve after a while out you should seek out GREEN and BLUE routes .

For intermediate and advanced riders after more challenging trails and routes then look for our RED or BLACK routes 

Bars:

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The bars signify the physical difficulty in climbing or distance, as we offer e-bike adventures the route will be as challenging technically but will be easier on a fitness level as you’ll be assisted.

1 Bar: Physically easy, generally flat routes with the potential for rolling terrain. Less than 500 meters climbing distance varies between 10-15km

2 Bars: A slight increase in difficulty than that of a 1 bar route, possibility of additional climbing with a duration between 1-2 hours

3 Bars: Much harder, a route graded with 3 bars will be good undertaking. Expect between 2-5 hours out on the bike depending on route and between 800-1500m of climbing

4 Bars:  The HARDEST routes we have in the Peaks. You’ll be climbing over 1500 meters and will be out between 4-8 hours depending on the route. 

Technical ratings

Green

  • Able to ride a bike:
  • Ridden one in the past but it’s been a few years
  • can understand gear selection
  • Skills: Limited mountain biking skills

Blue

  • Time on mountain bike: Relatively new, but have had a few rides on a mountain bike
  • You have basic bike handling skills. You are comfortable on a mixture of double tracks and estate roads that may have variable ground conditions around 1m wide. Shallow gradients, some rocks and roots but nothing too severe.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a Blue trail centre route

Red

  • Time on mountain bike: Riding 1-2 years
  • You have comfortably grasped basic bike handling skills on a mixture of single-track and paths, on uneven, loose and occasionally steep gradients, with some variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots. You are comfortable negotiating narrower trails around half a metre wide that are mostly stable with some variability. You are comfortable traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks and logs.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a red trail centre route

Back

  • Time on mountain bike: Riding for 2 + years
  • You are a confident mountain biker and have been riding technical terrain for at least 2 years including exposed single-track and rough trails, on uneven, loose and frequent steep gradients, with frequent variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots and small water bars. You are comfortable riding on narrow trails around a foot wide that vary greatly in their stability and may be unpredictable including loose rock. You are comfortable regularly traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, logs and drop offs up to hub height.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a black trail centre route

RED

  • Time on mountain bike: Riding 1-2 years
  • You have comfortably grasped basic bike handling skills on a mixture of single-track and paths, on uneven, loose and occasionally steep gradients, with some variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots. You are comfortable negotiating narrower trails around half a metre wide that are mostly stable with some variability. You are comfortable traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks and logs.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a red trail centre route

Black

  • Time on mountain bike: Riding for 2 + years
  • You are a confident mountain biker and have been riding technical terrain for at least 2 years including exposed single-track and rough trails, on uneven, loose and frequent steep gradients, with frequent variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots and small water bars. You are comfortable riding on narrow trails around a foot wide that vary greatly in their stability and may be unpredictable including loose rock. You are comfortable regularly traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, logs and drop offs up to hub height.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a black trail centre route
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Mostly RED with a bit of BLACK

RED

  • Time on mountain bike: Riding 1-2 years
  • You have comfortably grasped basic bike handling skills on a mixture of single-track and paths, on uneven, loose and occasionally steep gradients, with some variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots. You are comfortable negotiating narrower trails around half a metre wide that are mostly stable with some variability. You are comfortable traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks and logs.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a red trail centre route

Black

  • Time on mountain bike: Riding for 2 + years
  • You are a confident mountain biker and have been riding technical terrain for at least 2 years including exposed single-track and rough trails, on uneven, loose and frequent steep gradients, with frequent variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots and small water bars. You are comfortable riding on narrow trails around a foot wide that vary greatly in their stability and may be unpredictable including loose rock. You are comfortable regularly traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, logs and drop offs up to hub height.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a black trail centre route

Black

  • Time on mountain bike: Riding for 2 + years
  • You are a confident mountain biker and have been riding technical terrain for at least 2 years including exposed single-track and rough trails, on uneven, loose and frequent steep gradients, with frequent variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots and small water bars. You are comfortable riding on narrow trails around a foot wide that vary greatly in their stability and may be unpredictable including loose rock. You are comfortable regularly traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, logs and drop offs up to hub height.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a black trail centre route
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Mostly BLUE with a bit of RED

BLUE​

  • Time on mountain bike: Relatively new, but have had a few rides on a mountain bike
  • You have basic bike handling skills. You are comfortable on a mixture of double tracks and estate roads that may have variable ground conditions around 1m wide. Shallow gradients, some rocks and roots but nothing too severe.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a Blue trail centre route

RED

  • Time on mountain bike: Riding 1-2 years
  • You have comfortably grasped basic bike handling skills on a mixture of single-track and paths, on uneven, loose and occasionally steep gradients, with some variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots. You are comfortable negotiating narrower trails around half a metre wide that are mostly stable with some variability. You are comfortable traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks and logs.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a red trail centre route
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Mostly GREEN with a bit of BLUE

GREEN​

  • Able to ride a bike:
  • Ridden one in the past but it’s been a few years
  • can understand gear selection
  • Skills: Limited mountain biking skills

BLUE​

  • Time on mountain bike: Relatively new, but have had a few rides on a mountain bike
  • You have basic bike handling skills. You are comfortable on a mixture of double tracks and estate roads that may have variable ground conditions around 1m wide. Shallow gradients, some rocks and roots but nothing too severe.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a Blue trail centre route