Geologically split in two by the limestone outcrops of the White Peak and the gritstone edges of the Dark Peak, the UK’s first national park has plenty to offer all mountain bikers. The Peak District mountain biking classics such as the steep and rugged Jacobs Ladder to the wild Cut Gate, can all be found in and around the MTB meccas of Hope and Edale valleys. Whereas the sublime rolling dales of the White Peak provide more mellow and scenic days out for all levels.
The ancient trail network of the Dark Peak that emminates out from the Hope and Edale Valleys are considered some of the best in the country. Rideable all year round thanks to the gritty terrain, means that Peak District mountain biking has long been a firm favourite for riders. The bucket-list of famous routes goes toe-to-toe with anywhere in the UK. Our team are on hand to guide you around all the classic passes and descents such as Roych Clough, Rushup Edge, Whinstone Lee Tor, Doctors Gate, Jacobs Ladder, Ladybower, Cut Gate amongst others.
The riding around the White Peak is generally quite a bit different to the rugged and technical trails further north. However, the diversity of the the riding in the Peak District makes it so appealing. Revitalised disused railway lines, rolling downland and beutiful ash woodland intertwined with bridleways that offer big climbs and even bigger views give the White Peak a very distinctive mountain biking experience for all the family.
Join us in 2021
Back again for 2021 is our two day Dark Peak weekend which forms part of our impressive and unrivalled schedule of awesome UK wide MTB experiences. Basing ourselves at the superb Swiss House B&B, in the heart of Castleton, we will provide you with the perfect base to take on two of the Peak Districts classic loops, that are brimming with epic rocky descents, technical climbs and huge views for the reward!
Epic Dark Peak
Rocky, rugged and raw
Day 2: 16-18 miles
Day two: 2,300 ft
Rattling down rocky descents that spit you out on the doorstep of quintessential coaching inns, sampling the delicious local food after a big day out and staying at the best accommodation for your budget. Are all the little details we can help you with whilst building your perfect Peak District mountain biking trip. Speak to us today and lets discuss the options.
South Downs Way
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!