10-12 miles

Ride Type

XC Trail


1,200 ft

Introduction to Mountain Biking on the Surrey Hills


(7 customer reviews)

We created this Brand New  guided ride in 2020 and now in its second year, we once again look forward to welcoming the novice or casual cyclist and introducing them to the awesome world of mountain biking on the famous Surrey Hills. All this within an hour of London!


Join us in 2021 for our Surrey Hills MTB for beginners. This is the perfect introduction for the regular cyclist or budding mountain biker looking for a sociable, relaxed but structured launch pad into singletrack riding. During the 12 mile ride we will share our expertise and knowledge, to provide you with the perfect foundation to take your off-road cycling to the next level. During the ride, we will stop in suitable places to share tips and advice on core bike handling techniques.

Our professional MTB leaders will provide a super relaxed and sociable day that will kick-off with the all important informative briefing. After the chilled start we will explore the woodland trails and bridleways that festoon the famous Surrey Hills. Depending on the overall level of the group, we will use our unrivalled knowledge of the trail network to dynamically adapt the ride to ensure your introduction to trail riding and singletrack, is all about high-fives and ear to ear grins.

What to expect!

For our Surrey Hills MTB for beginners, you will need to have a good level of fitness to be able to enjoy this day out. Although this is an intro to MTB, it is suited for active people who are looking to try off-road cycling under the expert leadership of a professional guide. The riding is a mixture of cross-country on double track bridleways to the super fun and flowing singletrack of the famous Surrey Hills. The terrain and trails we will use are not overly technical, however, they will provide an exciting mixture to inject plenty of fun and a sense of challenge for all levels, especially novice mountain bikers.

The Surrey Hills experience would not be complete without a mid-ride stop at the awesome Peaslake Village Stores for a famous cheese-straw or slice of cake and the traditional post-ride drink at the Royal Oak in Holmbury.

If you are still not sure whether this ride is for you, then please do not hesitate to contact us by clicking here.

The area and the trails

The lush woodland that smothers these green sandstone hills is festooned with ancient bridleways and trails that have become synonymous with the Surrey Hills. This ride will perfectly link together the best introductory trails of Holmbury Hill and potentially Pitch Hill, depending on our progress on the day. We will show you sections of classics such as Telegraph Row and Yogurt Pots and many many more.

Shredding with Marmalade

We pride ourselves on creating the perfect vibe that makes everyone feel comfortable and confident to maximise your enjoyment. Combine this super fun and relaxed atmosphere with our expert knowledge and professionalism we will guarantee you the best day out on your bike to discover the trails of the Surrey Hills.

MTB bike hire

Visiting family and friends without your bike? Or simply you want to give this ride a go, but do not own a mountain bike? Then we can arrange day hires through our local partners, Pedal and Spoke of Peaslake and Chalk Pit Trails.

  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Distance: 10-12 miles (approx.)
  • Elevation gain: 1,200 ft (approx.)
  • Technical Grade: Advanced Novice
    (any questions, please contact us)
  • Meet time: 9.30 am | 10 am on bikes
  • Meet point: Hurtwood car park 9 (Felbury House), Holmbury St. Mary
  • This ride is aimed at the novice off-road cyclist and the regular beginner mountain biker looking for a sociable and informative guided ride
  • You are an active person who has the personal fitness to ride for at least 2-3 hours at a social and comfortable pace
  • You will be confident in basic bike handling skills and proficient with operating your bicycle in the correct manner
  • The trails will include features such as roots and loose rocks, along with small rollable drop-offs. All of which are rollable or can be ridden around
  • All the trails will have options to ride around features that you do not feel comfortable riding
  • You have your own suitable mountain bike (Hybrid and budget bicycles are not suitable for this ride)
  • The ride does contain a limited number of undulating and in places challenging climbs
  • You are aged 18 and over unless accompanied by an adult also participating on this ride
  • If this sounds a little beyond your current skill and fitness level, please contact us for other options
Equipment, kit and clothing

  • Suitable mountain bike in good working order*
  • Helmet*
  • Gloves and glasses**
  • Backpack**
  • Spare inner tube**
  • Puncture repair kit and bicycle pump**
  • Clothing & shoes appropriate for cycling and weather conditions on the day*
  • Padded cycling shorts for comfort**
  • Personal choice of drink and ride snacks*

* without these you will not be able to take part in the guided ride Our guides carry an extensive kit to assist with trail-side repairs

** these items are recommended, however are not essential. If you have any doubt please do contact us

(IMPORTANT: your helmet must be within the warranty period from the date of manufacture to take part in any of our guided rides. See the warranties table tab. You will be asked to submit this information via our riders consent form).

What’s not included

  • Bike hire
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Pre, during or post activity refreshments
  • Transfers to & from location
  • Personal Travel and Accident Insurance
MTB Helmet Warranties

7 reviews for Introduction to Mountain Biking on the Surrey Hills

  1. Paul Hart

    A really excellent session with Sean. Although I’d done a bit of mountain biking before I picked up loads of useful
    advice and tips. The trails were terrific and Sean has a excellent approachable teaching style. So good that I’ve already booked another Marmalade MTB day.

  2. Jeff Grimes

    Brilliant morning. As a newcomer to mountain biking this provided just the right amount of challenge on my second go at single track. Clive provided useful instruction, helpful feedback and importantly knew where the trails are. Will look to see if I can book on some future Marmalade sessions.

  3. Chris Marshall

    Many thanks to Paul at Marmalade. We had a great time in the Surrey Hills and Paul showed us lots of fantastic trails. Was good to have someone knowledgeable giving you tips as we went on the trails. Would definitely recommend!

  4. Chris Marshall

    Many thanks to Paul at Marmalade. We had a great time in the Surrey Hills and Paul showed us lots of fantastic trails. Was good to have someone knowledgeable giving you tips as we went on the trails. Many thanks Paul.

  5. Joe Powell

    I had a fantastic time doing the intro to mountain biking with Marmalade. The day had a really laid back feel but Sean still got us riding a host of trails and made what would otherwise be intimidating feel totally rideable. A great day which I highly recommend

  6. Sara Bennett

    Many thanks to Sean at Marmalade for a great morning on the Intro to MTB in the Surrey Hills. Armed with his insightful tips and encouragement, I made it down some wonderful single track, feeling in control and wanting to go back and explore more. I look forward to riding with the Marmalade team again as they are really friendly and encouraging and happy to share their knowledge and passion for mountain biking.

  7. Richard Grieveson

    Great introduction to mountain biking. We had a range of abilities in our group and the trails catered to everyone so we all had a great ride. Sean is a great instructor, made us all feel completely at ease. Couldn’t recommend it more!

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