For many the mountain biking in the Lake District is the best in England and Wales and for some can rival Scotlands world class variety. Boasting everything from prime forest singletrack to the immersive fells and ancient mountain passes to reach those eye-popping epic summits, the Lake District with its technical natural trails will leave you drenched with adrenaline.
They regularly feature in magazines as ‘must-do’ rides for all mountain bikers! These are the packhorse trails of yesteryear, that link the fells and glacial valleys across the Lake District. They are the perfect blend between remote adventure and adrenaline inducing descents on sublime ribbons of ancient singletrack. From Garburn, Nan Bield and Gatescarth passes, East and North-East of Windemere to Black Sail, Sty Head and Walna Scar passes that intertwine the West, we are on hand to take you up and over for that wild MTB experience.
The highest mountain in England, topping out at 950m is riddled with trails and is synonymous with Lake District mountain biking. To take on Helvellyn is simply a must for the experienced biker. At anytime of year and the right weather, a dawn-raid or dusk descent will have you talking about this epic ride for years to come.
The Lake District is not all about big committng MTB adventures. The diverse network of trails that lead out from the towns and connect the picturesque fells and magical lakes, provide an unlimited resource of great mountain bike routes. Whether it is the tarns of Claife Heights, the panoramic views of Iron Keld, the secret and sublime singletrack of Dunnerdale or the brilliant Borrowdale Bash, be reassured we know the very best of these classics and much much more.
Amongst the rugged peaks and the numerous stunning lakes the forests of Grizedale and Whinlatter are festooned with gravel tracks, rolling bridleways and a splattering of man-made singletrack, thanks to the trail centres that call these forests home. Close to Hawkshead, Windemere and Keswick, the Lake District has everything to provide the newbie and famillies a fun-filled introduction to mountain biking.
A long weekend or something bigger? From 1-2-1 birthday treats to large groups looking for a challenge with stunning scenery and awesome mountain biking, our knowledge of the Lake District will create the ideal biking trip or weekend. On and off the trails we can advise on the best places to stay and the best places to relax and unwind after exhilarating days out on the hills.
Our MTB Trips
Along with our stalwart South Downs Way, Bikepacking and Peak District trips, we have added two new, four day intermediate and advanced epics in the Tweed Valley to our schedule of awesome MTB short breaks. Basing ourselves at the superb Swiss House B&B, in the heart of the Peaks and the Traquair Arms Hotel in Innerleithen, these will provide us with the perfect base to take on the world class mountain biking, brimming with epic rocky descents, technical climbs and huge views for the reward!
Intro to Bikepacking
Discover the ultimate adventure
Day 2: 15-20 miles
Day 2: 1,100ft
South Downs Way
100 miles of classic cross-country
100 miles (total)
Epic Dark Peak
Rocky, rugged & raw
Day 2: 16-18 miles
Day two: 2,300 ft
World Class Enduro & Natural
Day 1: 13 miles
Day 2: 31 miles
Day 3: 15 Miles
Day 4: 9 Miles
Day one: 2,100 ft
Day two: 4,248 ft
Day three: 2,780 ft
Day four: 2,100 ft
Sean’s passion for natural trails and big skies are only surpassed by his passion for making his guests happy. From great riding down to what you eat – a weekend with Marmalade is all about you. Highly recommended!
Spencer / Watford
So it’s Wednesday and I’m still buzzing from our long weekend in the peaks with Sean. Seriously had the best MTB experience since I took it up in the 90s. Such good laughs. Amazing mountain biking. If anyone is thinking about booking with Marmalade MTB as Nike would say “Just Do It”
Gareth / Ricksmansworth
Absolutely EPIC 3 days in the Peaks with Sean and the gang. Did the most technical gnarly riding I’ve EVER done with Seans help and guidance, always giving us a little heads up to upcoming gnarly stuff and encouraging us all to excel in whatever we was doing.
Stuart / Ricksmansworth
I’m still buzzing from my trips to the Peaks with Marmalade. Sean was a fantastic guide, driver, mechanic, drinking buddy, organiser, motivator (and probably a lot more that I’m forgetting!) More than that, it was just like riding with another member of the mob!
3 truly awesome days in the Peaks that are up there with the best I’ve had, on and off the bike. Won’t hesitate to book with Sean again and already plotting the next adventure!