Difficulty: 8

MTB ride rating 8


Day 1: 23-25 miles
Day 2: 16-18 miles

Ride Type

XC / Big Mountain



Day one: 4,300 ft
Day two: 2,300 ft

Peak District MTB Weekend


(10 customer reviews)

30% Deposit from £104
Total from £345 per person
Shared occupancy for COUPLES ONLY
COUPLES – Simply select ‘QTY 1’ when booking
(the price is calculated based on two people)

If you like your mountain biking rocky, rugged and raw then our two day weekend in the heart of the Dark Peak is the perfect trip for you. The riding on both days is festooned with classic Peak District descents, technical climbs and eye-popping scenery.


You have read the magazines features and have watched countless YouTube videos about the classic routes that festoon the flanks of Edale and Hope valleys which also circumnavigate and link the Victorian reservoirs of Ladybower and Derwent. Now, you have the chance to experience the very best of the Dark Peak on our Peak District MTB weekends.

The two days of ultimate Peak District mountain biking we have planned, includes the truly epic Jacobs Ladder which will leave you exhilarated and exhausted in equal measures. Then on Sunday, the super fun and sublime ancient trails that will take us on a tour up and around the Ladybower reservoir. This again which will have you grinning from ear-to-ear as we smash down the multiple descents. In between all the riding, we will enjoy the finest local pub-grub and a couple of re-hydrating ales to reflect and share our experiences.

If rattling down rocky descents that spit you out on the doorstep of quintessential coaching inns then sampling delicious local food after a big mountain day and staying at the best accommodation, sounds like your perfect MTB experience, then join us next May and September. Check out the video below to see a sample of a custom weekend we provided for a group of friends in June 2018:


Details for our Peak District MTB weekends

We have put together this two day weekend to give you the best location, team and support for you to tick these must-do, UK  mountain bike classics off your bucket list. Mix this all together with the usual fun and social elements that we are famous for and you have the perfect recipe for an unbeatable experience that you will talk about for a very long time.

Here are the details below, along with the additional information on the other tabs, for our 2020 Peak District MTB weekends: If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Dates:
    • 10-12 June 2022
    • 9-11 September 2022
  • Total price:
    • 2 day weekend from – £345 per person
      • Room’s available:
        • Single bed room = £345 pp
        • Single occupancy basic double room = £405 pp
        • Single occupancy standard double room = £415 pp
        • Single occupancy twin room = £430 pp
        • Single occupancy premium king room = £435 pp
        • Single occupancy executive premium king room = £450 pp
        • Couples ONLY occupancy basic double room = £360 pp
        • Couples ONLY occupancy standard double room = £370 pp
        • Couples ONLY occupancy twin room = £385 pp
        • Couples ONLY occupancy premium king room = £390 pp
        • Couples ONLY occupancy executive premium king room = £405 pp
      • B&B included in the above: Friday and Saturday
      • Contact us for further details or if you have any questions about the room or occupancy options
  • 30% non-refundable deposit:
    • from £104 per person
      • See the options from selections above depending on room choice and occupancy
      • Booking Terms and Conditions
  • Group size: 10 (max.)
    • The groups will be lead by two British Cycling Level 3 MTB leaders to ensure a maximum ratio of 1:5

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 the holiday or weekend is 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

What’s included:

  • 2 nights bed and breakfast at the super comfortable Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in Castleton
    • 5 minutes by taxi from Hope train station
    • Less than an hour by car from Manchester Airport
    • Twin rooms (en-suite and shared bathrooms)
      • First come first served basis or on prior request
    • Single and double (couples only) occupancy available
  • Fully guided by Sean Howell our British Cycling qualified Level 3 MTB leader and Marmalade MTB founder
    • Along with Liz our other Level 3 MTB leaders for a maximum ratio of 1:5
  • Custom mug to bring back the memories with every future brew!

What’s not included:

  • Evening meals and drinks
  • Travel to (day 1) and from (final day) the accommodation
  • Personal activity and holiday insurance
  • Bike hire (options available)
  • Bike spares
  • Ride snacks and drinks

Peak District MTB weekends Mountain Biking Ladybower Hope Valley Edale Jacobs ladder guided rides

Day One: Jacobs Ladder
  • Duration: 6-8 hours 
  • Distance: 23-25 miles
  • Elevation gain: 4,300 ft (approx.)
  • Technical Grade: Intermediate (minimum)
    • See ‘Is this for me tab’
    • Any questions, please contact us
  • Group size: 10 maximum
    • plus x2 qualified British Cycling Level 3 MTB guide
Day Two: Ladybower Classic
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Distance: 16-18 miles
  • Elevation gain: 2,300 ft (approx.)
  • Technical Grade: Intermediate (minimum)
    • See ‘Is this for me tab’
    • Any questions, please contact us
  • Group size: 10 maximum
    • plus x2 qualified British Cycling Level 3 MTB guide
  • You will be at least an intermediate mountain biker
  • You will be confident in mountain bike handling skills on at least red graded trails and proficient with operating your bicycle in the correct manner
  • The trails will include features such as roots, small to long roll-able drop-offs and loose rocks of varying sizes. The drop-offs in some case would not be considered roll-able and along with some features may require you to walk around or down with your bike
  • Certain trails will be steep in places which will require confident bike-handling skills
  • You have your own suitable mountain bike (Hybrid and budget bicycles are not suitable for this ride)
  • 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 per day 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, please contact us for other options
Equipment, kit and clothing

  • Suitable mountain bike in good working order*
  • Helmet*
  • Gloves and glasses
  • 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

10 reviews for Peak District MTB Weekend

  1. leejohnpollard

    My first ever guided MTB experience as it was a gift for a special birthday and what an experience it was, from start to finish it was excellent the accommodation was great as well as the food and restaurant that was pre-booked by Sean.

    I didn’t really know what to expect but felt at ease the moment I met Sean who is a really great guy and easy to talk to and always at hand to offer advise and information on any questions that you may have nothing is to much trouble.

    His expertise and knowledge of the dark peaks is up there with the best, the riding is hard not going to lie but it is well worth the effort with unbelievable views, technical climbs and magnificent descents to be enjoyed finished of with a nice well earned cold beverage at the end of the day.

    So if you fancy a challenge that will test every level of your skills and fitness complimented with a guide that will not only encourage and support you in anyway that he can to ensure that you have the best MTB experience you can then I highly recommend that you book one of his epic MTB experiences. Sean and Marmalade MTB thankyou for a great weekend and I hope to get to ride with you again in the future.

  2. chrislyes-9662

    My second trip with Marmalade and cannot recommend them enough. Really well planned and delivered in an relaxed, confidence inspiring way. A very enjoyable weekend that certainly challenged – but having the gentle pointers from Sean helped me fly down things that I would have thought unrideable were I out on my own.

  3. Richard Mason

    I went on this trip in 2020 and it was so good, I came back in 2021, when it was equally brilliant. As ever, Sean manages to combine the best MTB routes with a really sociable group that makes for a fantastic weekend. Think I may be back for 2022 as well.

    • Sean

      I better change the mug design then Richard!

      Thanks for your support, see you soon.


  4. Bruce Ferguson

    I have had many great experiences on a mountain bike and this was up there with the best of them. Sean and Liz guided, coaxed and encouraged us over some of the most exhilarating natural terrain that the UK has to offer. Their infectious enthusiasm resulted in beaming smiles throughout the group, who were a pleasure to ride with. The photo album Sean has created will keep those memories alive for years to come. If you like big climbs, jaw-dropping views and exciting descents, this is the trip for you! Thank you Sean, Liz and Rachel!

  5. Mark Wild

    Peak District MTB Weekend
    I’ve just returned from a fantastic weekend with Marmalade MTB in the Peak District. Two full days on the bike riding some of the best and the most classic trails in a beautiful part of the world! The trip was led by Sean, Liz and Rachel, their expert knowledge of the area meant the whole trip from the rides to the accommodation, to the food were all superb. The group of fellow riders were all a pleasure to spend a couple of days with. I could go on and on about how great everything was. But, I will just say if your used to trail centres and you fancy trying out some more natural trails you cannot go wrong booking a trip with these guys, their passion for mountain biking and the way they enable others to share in that passion is second to none!

  6. Steven Bushell

    Words simply cannot describe what a great weekend it was riding the Peak District with Marmalade MTB.
    Massive kudos to Sean and Liz for making the whole weekend smooth (not the terrain ), enjoyable and one I will never forget, smiles for miles. I also met some great people on the trip and look forward to booking up another trip soon.

    Thanks again Marmalade, you were great

  7. Ben Simmons

    Just finished a ride in the Peak District with Marmalade. Deciding to go might just be the best decision I’ve made this year. Everything about the weekend was perfect, from the technical climbs, fast descents and spectacular views to the accommodation and oldy worldy town of Castleton.

    Sean is a great leader and coach and over the course of the weekend was able to offer me pointers to build my confidence and improve my riding.

    I look forward to more Marmalade Rides in the future. Thanks Sean

  8. Richard Mason

    Awesome may be an overused word nowadays, but that is precisely what this trip was, from the rugged mountain biking terrain, scenery and the organisation by Sean and his team, as well as joining a like minded group of enthusiasts. I’ll definitely be back for more.

  9. jpcollett

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ For Sean and all his team who put together this weekends Peak District trip. First time I have ever been to the area or spent time with Marmalade MTB and it was perfect from beginning to end. The booking was simple and follow ups in some very trying times where always sent at every step of the way with detailed breakdowns of when, what, how and why.

    The main event which consisted of two cracking rides over terrain a lot of mountain bikers dream of was not disappointing in any way. The guidance was perfect with a brief of every climb and descent before we talked them.

    If your are thinking about a day or a weekend with Marmalade do not hesitate just hit that button and you will not be disappointed.

  10. stuzx6r

    Absolutely EPIC 3 days in the Peaks with Sean and the gang. Did the most technical gnarly riding I’ve EVER done with Sean’s 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. The laughs and banter on and off the bikes combined with the stunning views of the Peak District made for the best MTB weekender ever!

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