South East England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biking adventures on the edge of London

Our local expert guides can deliver everything from a single day guided ride to a multi-day experience that includes accommodation, transfers, meals, bike hire and excursions.

The UK’s south east is a region bristling with green hills, winding trails, traditional villages and historic castles.

The South Downs National Park stretches for 100 miles near England’s south coast. Along with the Surrey Hills National Landscape, it’s criss-crossed with off-road trails waiting to be explored by bicycle.

It’s not just biking. Traditional English pubs are waiting to offer refreshment to the weary traveller. Ancient castles tell the story of an island nation. The waters of the English Channel bear witness to battles that shaped the world over the centuries.

Within easy reach of London, the South Downs and Surrey Hills are perfectly located for an easy-to-reach European off-road adventure filled with fun trails and living history.

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Close to London

Within 1.5 hours of London by road or train the South Downs National Park, the Surrey Hills, the Isle of Wight and Dorset are easy to get to.

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Award-Winning Vineyards

The vineyards of the Sussex Downs and the Surrey Hills are recognised by wine lovers across the globe. Our knowledge of the off-road trail network can create an itinerary that links many of these together for you and your friends to relax after a day’s riding.

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Castles - Visit & Stay

There are reminders across this landscape of England’s ancient history. Our biking routes include stunning views of castles and we can even arrange for you to stay in historic venues open for accommodation and dining. Now, what a memory that would be!

Discover the South East of England

One Day Experiences

If you’re visiting London, escape the busy city to explore the peaceful rolling trails of the Surrey Hills or South Downs. 

  • Enjoy mountain biking among unmissable English landscapes
  • Try something new, or enjoy your favourite activity
  • Rent a high-quality e-bike or conventional mountain bike

Multi-Day Adventures

So many trails to ride here, you’re spoiled for choice.

  • Spend two or three days on the classic South Downs Way long-distance trail
  • Add a day amid the twisty singletrack fun of the Surrey Hills
  • Cross the waters of the Solent to take in the hills of the Isle of Wight

Mix Up the Fun

Why stop at mountain biking? Enjoy a mix of experiences that show you the fun of south-east England.

  • Mountain biking with Marmalade MTB
  • Paddleboarding on the Sussex coast
  • Winetasting at some of Europe’s finest vineyards
  • Fine dining at amazing restaurants
  • Royal palaces, battle-scarred castles and ancient battlefields

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

Getting to the South Downs and Surrey Hills

Whether you are flying from overseas or by car or train from Europe, your south-east biking holiday is super accessible.
  • London: around 1 hour by car
  • London train: multiple connections across the region
  • London Heathrow Airport: less than 1 hour
  • London Gatwick Airport: at the heart of this region
  • New York flight time: 7 hours
  • Toronto flight time: 8 hours

Let’s create your perfect cycling holiday today

Whatever English adventure you’re looking for, Marmalade MTB will customize a trip just for you. Contact Sean to plan your visit.

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