Custom off-road biking

Book one of our local guides and premium mountain bikes and explore the vast network trails during your stay…

Ride | Explore | Discover

Cowdray Estate is nestled in the heart of the South Downs National Park – with a glorious ridge of rolling hills to the south and the rural terrain of the Sussex Weald to the north. Mountain bikes provide a wonderful way to experience this stunning and varied landscape for yourself. 

The team at Marmalade MTB will put together a custom experience for you, your family or your group. We will meet you at your Cowdray accommodation with high-quality full suspension bikes (with electrical assistance, if you like!) Our expert mountain bike guides will lead you through ancient woodland up to the ridge of the South Downs Way, where the view is spectacular. From there, we’ll customise a route to suit you – whether laid-back sightseeing along the hills or a twisty trail challenge for keen mountain bikers. The forests and off-road trails of Heyshott Common and the surrounding landscape are waiting to be explored, dotted with picture-postcard villages and charming country pubs.

Explore the ancient downland, sprawling country estates and winding valleys of the South Downs National Park on two wheels. A custom off-road cycling experience with Marmalade MTB allows you to travel at your own pace.

Bikes available for hire


Regular Mountain Bikes

The Specialized Stumpjumper is the swiss-army knife of mountain bikes with it’s 150 mm of plush suspension travel at both ends and 12 speed gears, this superb trail bike will provide all the comfort, control and confidence for your South Downs adventure.


Safety First

Each bike hire comes with a Specialized Tactic helmet with the Multi-directional Impact Protection system (M.I.P.S). The inlays are machined washed after every use ensuring the lids are hygienically cleaned and ready for the next ride.



Need a little assistance to cover more ground and make the most of your ride across the Cowdray Estate and beyond? Then the Specialized Levo’s and SL model bikes on offer with their state-of-the-art specification will do nothing but put a big smile on your face.

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Pricing & Booking Info

Have your own bike(s)?

The base prices below are for one person and up to a group of four riders:

  • Half day is £220 for up to 3 hours
  • Full day is £300 for 4 to 6 hours
  • To book: Select ‘Half day’ or ‘Full day’ from the ‘Experiences’ drop down
  • Add more riders for a group of five to eight using the ‘Extras’ drop down menu

Need to hire bike(s)?

  • Select the ‘Half day + bike’ or ‘Full day + bike’ option from the ‘Experiences’ drop down and this will add the delivery/collection charge to the prices quoted above
  • Add more riders for a group of five to eight using the ‘Extras’ drop down menu
  • Add your bikes based on the height and type options from the ‘Extras’ drop down menu

Meet point: Once you have booked, we can decide on the best location to start your ride. This will depend on where your accommodation is on the Cowdray Estate.

If you want to discuss this before you book then please send Sean an email or call on +44(0)7840724611.

(All prices include VAT)

What our guests say

” We had an absolute blast with Marmalade! Visiting from the United States, our mountain biking session was the perfect way to explore some of the South Downs with a knowledgeable and fun guide. Sean was an excellent instructor and able to tailor the ride to our skill levels. We walked away with more confidence in our riding and wish we could ride with Marmalade every day! Absolutely 100% a must-do experience if you are in the area and, if you are not in the area, well worth travelling for! Thank you so much for an unforgettable adventure! “


Maria Walker – Oct’ 2023 – Washington D.C

” My son Daniel and I had an amazing MTB experience with Paul during our family holiday in London. Paul was very nice and kind with us, took us to very beautiful trails and we had so much fun. Paul is a very professional guide, gave us very helpful instructions before each technical challenge to keep us safe . As a professional guide he could match the level of trails to our level of fitness and technical abilities. The Surrey Hills is so beautiful, the weather was wonderful! Paul took many lovely pictures of us. Thank you very much for the amazing day!!! We are looking forward to the next time. “


Yulia Yalonetsky – Aug’ 2023 – Israel

” Our group of 8 from CA USA and Ontario Canada have been riding together for about 23 years now. We wanted to ride Surrey, and continue south to the coast for an epic 6-day ride. Sean, Paul, and Jim were absolutely fantastic in guiding us, accommodating us out of and back to London, with 4 village stays along our route. They had mastery of the trails, pointing out many historic monuments, and dealing with us when we got 9 flats and a broken chain all in one day! Hats off to Marmalade, and I would definitely charter this fine team again!!! “


Jason de Vries – Aug’ 2022 – California

” The Marmalade team and Sean did an amazing job for a 6 day XC trip with our private group of 9 in South England. We have done custom trips all over the world every year for the past 22 years and Sean’s program was fantastic. We are planning a follow on trip with him and would highly recommend Marmalade. “


Jason Gress – Aug’ 2022 – California

” I came for a 3 day scenic cruise with my eBike and I return to South Africa having completed the most scenic and most challenging ride in my time! I rode the SDW with my son David and we met up with great co-riders – Annabel, Anne and Simon. Our ride would not have been what it turned out to be if it was not for our truly professional Marmalade coach and guide. “


Pieter Naude – Sep’ 2023 – South Africa

” Marmalade organized the best tour for our group of 9. The tour involving London to Surrey Hills, The best of Surrey hills, then on to South Downs, South Downs way, isle of White, isle of Purbeck, Wow what a beautiful ride, stunning views and great cross country riding and some great single track. Sean and his team were organized and able to fix all of our mechanical issues and flat tyres! Great accommodations, great food and culture. We also learned a lot of history on the historical trails and Sean’s history lessons along the way. Sean’s support team were awesome. Next year we will ride with Marmalade again which we look forward to. “


Ed Newton – Aug’ 2022 – Canada

Do you have a bespoke request?

Whether you want to experience a different area or have special requirements, Marmalade MTB will customize the experience just for you. Contact Sean by email or the form below to plan your tailored ride.

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