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Difficulty: 8

MTB Ride Level 8
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Distance

Day 1: 16 miles
Day 2: 19 miles
Day 3: 12 Miles

Ride Type

XC / Big Mountain

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Ascent

Day one: 2,590 ft
Day two: 2,940 ft
Day three: 2,950 ft

Discover the Lake District

£65.00£220.00

Prices above are deposits
Total from £495 per person (room choice dependant)
Non-residential = £325 per person
Couples > SELECT ‘QTY 1’ – the price is calculated for two people
Sharing twin rooms available (see below for details)
S/O = Single occupancy

Discover the magic of the Lake District and the best natural mountain biking in the UK on our BRAND NEW three-day MTB trip.

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Each year we strive to bring you the very best classic mountain biking in the UK. For 2022 we bring you this BRAND NEW Lake District MTB trip which will showcase the magic of the Lakes.

Our passionate big-mountain specialists and British Cycling Level 3 leaders Sean and Liz will be your hosts for three truly epic rides in the South Lakes.

The perfect four-star location

The base for this Lake District MTB trip will be the fabulous four-star 17th century Queens Head Inn, at the heart of the idyllic village of Hawkshead. This comfortable, award-winning hotel provides off-street parking and secure bike storage.

From the front door of the Queens Head, Liz and Sean will introduce you to the world class natural mountain biking the Lake District is famous for. Hawkshead is also home to many superb pubs and eateries, serving hearty, locally sourced culinary delights that will be there for us to sample each night.

Escaping the crowds 

For decades the Lake District has been very popular for all types of visitors and adventure-seekers. When England’s largest national park received ‘World Heritage Site’ status in 2017, the region – and its impressive trail network – was put firmly on the map. We believe in low-impact mountain biking, on quieter trails, which is why we have planned this trip around weekday riding, escaping the weekend crowds.

Read on below to see what’s in store for this epic Lake District mountain biking holiday:

Day 1 – Wednesday: Grizedale and beyond

After breakfast we ride from our hotel through the quaint, narrow lanes of Hawkshead, from which our first bridleway takes us up into the fringes of the famous Grizedale Forest. From here, our warm-up continues on gradually undulating fire-roads as we make our way towards the breathtaking views across Coniston Water. 

A short fast drop takes us to Low Parkamoor before we link over to the first of our significant world class two-kilometre natural descents, with rocky singletrack, slabby rollers and flat-out corners. More great trails await as we head through central Grizedale. The diverse nature of this loop continues as we take in the sheer beauty of Claife Heights and its many tarns (small lakes). The final section links us over to one last two-kilometre descent – ticking all the boxes as it brings us back to Hawkshead and a beer or an ice cream. We’ll have earned it!! 

Day 2 – Loughrigg Terrace

Any mountain biking trip to the Lakes is not complete without ticking off this all-time classic ride. Once again we ride from the front door of our hotel to enjoy vast beauty and panoramic mountainous views. 

First up (Yes, it is an up!) is the rugged Iron Keld plantation, leading to a Cumbria Way descent that  brings us through an old quarry on super fun slatey chutes to Hodge Close. Next up is a remote and stunning journey from High Tilberthwaite to Little Langdale and onto the nadgery, raw descent through Sawrey’s Woods and the quarries at Elterwater. Last but not least we arrive at Loughrigg Terrace as it flanks and contours its way down past Rydal Water. 

After another epic day we return to Hawkshead via the quiet lanes and cycle paths from Ambleside.

Day 3 – The Old Man of Coniston

The final day before we travel home has to feature a famous Lakeland pass and big mountain experience to wrap up this truly memorable trip. 

After a fifteen minute drive from Hawkshead we park up in Torver at the perfect finishing place, another delectable country pub. From here we’ll head out to the Dunnderdale Fells to a lesser-known sliver of prime remote Lake District singletrack down to Seathwaite. While here we will probably enjoy a café stop before climbing up the famous ‘Walna Scar’ pack horse trail to top out at 604 metres (1,981 ft). We will be directly below the Old Man of Coniston, a Lakes giant at 803 metres (2,634 ft). There’s no better way to wrap up three days of the best natural mountain biking than enjoying one of the best UK mountain biking descents with the whole of the southern Lakes as the backdrop!

Lake District MTB Trips

Details of your Lake District MTB trip

We have carefully crafted this three day trip aimed at strong intermediate riders – to provide you with the very best format and team to discover the awesome Lake District mountain biking. Mix this all together with the friendly, sociable Marmalade magic we’re famous for and you have the perfect recipe for an unbeatable experience and lifelong memories.

Full details of our 2022 Lake District MTB trips are below, along with additional information on the other tabs. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Dates:
    • 21 – 24 June 2022
      • Ride days are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Places available: 10 (max.)
    • 1:5 ratio of riders to fully qualified British Cycling Level 3 MTB Leaders
  • Total price per person:
    • Non-residential = £325
      • We can advise on local campsites and other accommodation providers
    • Standard twin room (shared) = £495
      • See further twin room information and options below
    • Standard double room (single occupancy) = £627
    • Standard double (couples) = £495
    • Classic double (single occupancy) = £642
    • Classic double (couples) = £503
    • Superior twin room (shared) = £518
      • See further twin room information and options below
    • Superior double room (single occupancy) = £672
    • Superior double room (couples) = £518
  • Twin room options:
    • Available for friends who are happy to share
    • On your own and happy to share? Please book a twin room and you will be placed with a member of the group of the same gender who has requested the same option*
      * if no one else books this option, then you will be offered the room as single occupancy based on the room rates above
  • 20% Deposit:
    • From £100 per person (non-refundable)
  • Balance payment:
    • Due 60 days before the first day of the trip

What’s included:

  • 3 nights bed and breakfast at the amazing Queenshead, Hawkshead
    • Bed and breakfast: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night
      • Single or shared occupancy en-suite rooms available (see above)
      • Additional pre- and post-trip nights available by booking direct with the Queens Head.
  • 3 fully guided days by Liz Peacock and Sean Howell our British Cycling qualified Level 3 MTB leaders and coaches

What’s not included:

  • Evening meals and drinks
  • Travel to and from our accommodation for the start and end of our trip
  • Personal health, activity and holiday insurance
    • The above is a requirement for your participation on this trip
  • Bike hire (options available – please contact us)
  • Bike spares

Reassurance

We comply with the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 by paying money received for package holidays into a trust administered by independent trustees: Serenity Travel Trusts. This means that in respect of all arrangements requiring protection, in the event of our insolvency, funds will be available to ensure that you will receive a refund of the money you have paid to us. If places on the holiday are not filled then we hold the right to cancel or postpone.

To read the full terms and conditions please visit them here. Thank you.

Marmalade MTB weekend trips terms and conditions serenity travel trust

 

Lake District MTB Trips

Day One: Grizedale and beyond
  • Duration: 3-5 hours *
  • Distance: 22 kilometers | 13 miles *
  • Elevation gain: 650 meters | 2,100 feet *
  • Technical Grade: Experienced intermediate (minimum)
    • Minimum of 2-3 years mountain biking experience with regular experience on steep, technical and natural trails
    • See ‘Is this for me tab’
    • Any questions, please contact us
  • Group size: 10 maximum **
    • plus 2 qualified Level 3 MTB Leaders
      • This is the highest level of MTB leadership in the UK
Day Two: Loughrigg Terrace
  • Duration: 5-7 hours ride time *
  • Distance: 50 kilometers | 31 miles *
  • Elevation gain: 1,295 meters | 4,248 feet *
  • Technical Grade: Experienced intermediate (minimum)
    • Minimum of 2-3 years mountain biking experience with regular experience on steep, technical and natural trails
    • See ‘Is this for me tab’
    • Any questions, please contact us
  • Group size: 10 maximum **
    • plus 2 qualified Level 3 MTB Leaders
      • This is the highest level of MTB leadership in the UK
Day Three: The Old Man of Coniston
  • Duration: 3-5 hours ride time *
  • Distance: 16 kilometers | 10 miles *
  • Elevation gain: 650 meters | 2,100 feet *
  • Technical Grade: Experienced intermediate (minimum)
    • Minimum of 2-3 years mountain biking experience with regular experience on steep, technical and natural trails
    • See ‘Is this for me tab’
    • Any questions, please contact us
  • Group size: 10 maximum **
    • plus 2 qualified Level 3 MTB Leaders
      • This is the highest level of MTB leadership in the UK
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* for each day the distances and elevation gain could be dynamically adapted to suit the weather and the overall riding level of the group. Our rides will be sociable and relaxed. This is big country and we appreciate we need to look after our legs, therefore to maximise the smiles we will take all day if required to pace ourselves

** the luxury of having two Level 3 MTB leaders means we can manage the group/s on each day whilst maximising your experience!

  • You will be at least a strong and experienced intermediate rider with a minimum of 2-3 years regular mountain biking experience
  • The above experience would include example routes and locations that you have successfully ridden such as:
    • Jacobs ladder in the Peak District
    • The Trans Cambrian Way and the Elan Valley
    • The Gap in the Brecon Beacons
    • Technical red trails with some black features in places like Bike Park Wales, Afan and Coed-y-Brenin
  • You will have confident in your bike handling skills and not be phased by steep, technical and long trails that would be graded predominantly red with some black sections
  • The trails will include features such as roots, small to medium committing roll-able drop-offs and slopes with loose rocks of varying sizes
    • Your professional Level 3 MTB leaders will dynamically manage the group and individuals during each day. There will not be any pressure to ride features or sections above your riding ability on the day
  • You have your own suitable full suspension modern ‘all mountain’ / ‘trail’ mountain bike
    • 120 mm of suspension travel with modern and aggressive geometry is the bare minimal for this trip
    • 140-160 mm of suspension travel on an ‘all-mountain’ / ‘trail’ bike would be perfect
    • Hybrid and budget bicycles are not suitable for this 3 day trip
  • The ride does contain many undulating and moderately steep, technical and long climbs
  • You have the personal fitness to ride for at least 6-8 hours on consecutive days at a social and comfortable pace
  • 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, then please do contact us for further discussion

Equipment, kit, clothing and anything else

  • You have your own suitable full suspension modern ‘all mountain’ / ‘trail’ mountain bike *
    • 120 mm of suspension travel with modern and aggressive geometry is the bare minimal for this trip
    • 140-160 mm of suspension travel on an ‘all-mountain’ / ‘trail’ bike would be perfect
  • Helmet *
  • Personal health, activity and holiday insurance *
  • Gloves and glasses
  • Knee and elbow pads if this is what you usually ride with
  • Hydration backpack (min. 2 liters) *
  • x2 spare inner tubes
  • Spare rear mech hanger specific for your bike
  • x2 spokes specific to your bike wheels
  • Puncture repair kit and bicycle pump
  • Clothing & shoes appropriate for cycling and weather conditions on the ride days
  • 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

(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).

MTB Helmet Warranties

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