Level: 4

MTB Ride Level 4


18 miles

Ride Type




1,800 ft

The Long Man of Wilmington guided MTB ride

Let us introduce you to one of East Sussex’s oldest residents: the Long Man of Wilmington: 72 metres high, keeping guard over the South Downs. An off-road bike ride is the best way to take in this rolling landscape, and to get up-close-and-personal with this local legend.

This ride is only available as a custom experience. If you are staying at the Saltmarsh Farmhouse or just want to book this as a bespoke ride along with bike hire, then click the button below.

Starting at the beautiful Seven Sisters Country Park join us as we ride through beautiful Beech woodland and along fantastic South Downs bridleways passing ancient villages, a ruined priory and of course the iconic Long Man of Wilmington. The wonderful flowing trails will eventually lead us back through the Cuckmere valley via some fantastic fast rolling descents to the Seven Sisters.

What to expect

You will need to have a good level of fitness to be able to enjoy this day out, although electrically assisted mountain bikes are available to hire if you want that helping hand. The riding is mainly on cross-country double track and open downland. The terrain is not overly technical. but it provides an exciting mixture to inject plenty of fun and a sense of challenge for all levels, especially novice mountain bikers.

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

Our ride location and route is set within Friston Forest and the ancient downland on the edge of the Seven Sisters Country Park that encompasses the famous Cuckmere Haven, where the River Cuckmere meets the sea.

How to get here

By train – The nearest station is Seaford which provides easy connections from London and across the south east. It’s then only a short 15 minute pedal to our meet location – though there is a hill to get you warmed up!

By road – The coastal A259 runs right past Cuckmere Cycle Company and to the north the A27, via Alfriston, provides further easy links to this rural setting.

Riding with Marmalade

We pride ourselves on creating the perfect vibe that makes everyone feel comfortable and confident to maximise your enjoyment during your ride with us. 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 South Downs National Park.

  • Duration: We have all day, if we need it, but we expect to take around 3 to 4 hours.
  • Distance: 18 miles / 29 km (approx.)
  • Elevation gain: 1,800 ft / 550 m (approx.)
  • Technical Grade: +Advanced novice
    (any questions, please contact us)
  • Meet time: Flexible
  • Meet point: Cuckmere Cycle Company
  • Group size: 1-8 (max)

What’s included

  • Fully guided by a qualified and local MTB leader
  • 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 3-4 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
  • You will need a suitable mountain or gravel bike whether your own or hired –  conventionally powered or an e-bike (Hybrid and budget bicycles are not suitable for this ride)
    • See the ‘Bike Hire‘ section if you need a suitable bike
  • 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* (available to hire)
  • Helmet* (available to hire)
  • 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

What’s not included

  • Bike hire – this can be booked via the ‘Bike Hire‘ section
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Pre, during or post activity refreshments
  • Transfers to & from location
  • Personal Travel and Accident Insurance

Booking this ride as a custom experience

The base price is for one person. Add more riders using the ‘Extras’ drop down menu.
If you want a completely bespoke guided ride, then choose the ‘Custom Half or Full Day’ option from the ‘Experiences’ drop down menu.
Still not sure what experience is for you or have a question? Then please send Mark and Sean an email here.

Need to hire a bike? Then after you have booked your guided ride, scroll down or click here to reserve your bike with our friends at Cuckmere Cycle Co.

(All prices include VAT)

Bike hire selection

  1. From the system below choose your preferred date and time
  2. We recommend the 4 hour duration as a minimum or the full day to match your chosen guided ride option
  3. Select normal mountain bike or electric mountain bike
  4. Choose the size of bike, based on your height
  5. Go to checkout and complete the bike hire reservation

Please Note:
The bike hire system below can sometimes have a delay before it has fully loaded. If it fails to show, then visit Cuckmere Cycle Company direct to reserve your bike. Then return to this page to confirm your place on our guided ride.

(** Marmalade MTB is not responsible for the provision of these bikes. By using the system below you are booking direct with Cuckmere Cycle Company)


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