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Difficulty

7

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Distance

100 miles (total)

Ride Type

XC

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Ascent

11,925 ft (total)

South Downs Way

£121.00£230.00

(6 customer reviews)

20% Deposit from £109
Total from £545 pp (3 day)
See full price options below

The classic South Downs Way is 100 miles of classic cross-country mountain biking with challenging climbs, flat-out descents and stunning scenery.

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Have you always wanted to tick-off an epic long distance ride off your MTB bucket list? Well, cycling the South Downs Way the classic and ancient, off-road trail, stretching exactly one hundred miles from Winchester to Eastbourne has never been easier.
We have put together two and three day weekend formats to give you the best location, team and support to conquer this mountain biking challenge, all combined with the usual fun and social elements that we are famous for!

 

The same comfy bed all weekend!

Unlike other multi-day point to point mountain bike rides, where you are living out of your bag and  sleeping in a different bed every night, we have created the perfect itinerary to ensure you benefit from the comfort and convenience of the same bed for each and every night across our weekend. This is all achieved by working with our friends, Greg and Wayne at Eastbourne Minibuses, who will handle all the transfers of you and your bike across the whole event. This will maximise your rest and relaxation out of the saddle and provide you with the perfect base to explore the medieval town of Arundel.

All of the details for cycling the South Downs Way with us and to book your place on these MTB events are below and via the tabs. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • 2021 Dates:
    • 2 Day Format
      • 21-23 May (TBC)
    • 3 Day Format:
      • 17-20 June
      • 2-5 September
      • 7-10 October
  • Prices:
    • 2 day weekend from – £TBC* per person
      • B&B: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
    • 3 day weekend from – £545* per person
      • Room’s available:
        • Non en-suite double/shared occupancy = £545 pp
        • Non en-suite single occupancy = £605 pp
        • En-suite double/shared occupancy = £575 pp
        • En-suite single occupancy = £665 pp
      • B&B included in the above: Thursday, Friday and Saturday
    • Additional 4th night (Sunday) B&B for optional celebratory meal
      • 3 day format only
        • From £35 per person**
        • **Price dependant on choice of occupancy
    • Contact us for further details or if you have any questions about the room or occupancy options
  • 20% non-refundable deposit:
    • from £109 per person
      • See the options from selections above depending on room choice and occupancy
      • Booking Terms and Conditions
  • Group size: 8 (max.)

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:

  • 3 nights bed and breakfast at the stunning Arden House, Arundel
    • 10 minutes from Arundel train station 
      • Less than 90 minutes from London Victoria
    • Twin and double rooms (en-suite and shared bathrooms)
      • First come first served basis or on prior request (bookable from above)
    • Single and double (couples only) occupancy available
  • Full Minibus transfers and on-ride support
    • From the accommodation to the ride start at Winchester on Day 1
    • From the ride start and finish locations back to accommodation on each day
    • From Eastbourne back to the accommodation on the final day (Sunday)
  • Fully guided by a British Cycling qualified MTB leader
  • Custom mug to celebrate cycling the South Downs Way

What’s not included:

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

South Downs Mountain Biking Guided Rides and MTB coaching cycling the south downs way

Two day format:

  • Duration: 6-8 hours per day
  • Distance: 100 miles (Total)
    • 50 miles per day
  • Day 1 Start: Winchester
    • End point – Houghton
  • Day 2 Finish: Eastbourne
    • Start point – Houghton
  • Minibus meets: 3 per day
  • Elevation gain: 13,620 ft (approx. Total)
  • Technical Grade: Intermediate (minimum)
    • You will be comfortable with two consecutive long days in the saddle
    • Capable of riding a minimum average speed of 7 mph off-road
    • Any questions, please contact us
  • Group size: 8 maximum
    • plus 1 qualified MTB guide

Three day format:

  • Duration: 5-7 hours per day
  • Distance: 100 miles (Total)
    • 31 – 38 miles per day
  • Day 1 Start: Winchester
    • End point – Cocking
    • 38 miles | 4,278 ft of ascent (approx.)
  • Day 2 Start: Cocking
    • End point – Brighton
    • 31 miles | 3,730 ft of ascent (approx.)
  • Day 3 Start: Brighton
    • End Point – Eastbourne
    • 31 miles | 3,671 ft of ascent (approx.)
  • Minibus meets: 1-2 per day
  • Elevation gain: 11,925 ft (according to National Trail .gpx Download)
  • Technical Grade: Advanced Beginner (minimum)
    • You will be comfortable with three consecutive days in the saddle cycling up to 38 miles per day
    • Capable of riding a minimum average speed of 8 mph off-road
    • Any questions, please contact us
  • Group size: 8 maximum
    • plus 1 qualified MTB guide
  • You will be at least an advanced beginner (3 day) and or an intermediate (2 day) mountain biker
  • You will be confident in mountain bike handling skills on blue graded trails and proficient with operating your bicycle in the correct manner
  • The trails will include features such as roots, small to long rollable drop-offs and loose rocks. All of which are rollable
  • Certain trails will be steep in places which will require confident bike-handling skills
  • 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 many undulating and moderately steep 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 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

(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

Please read our full Terms and Conditions via this link.

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 the link above. Thank you.

Marmalade MTB weekend trips terms and conditions serenity travel trust

6 reviews for South Downs Way

  1. Clare Schruers

    Such a brilliant, great fun weekend, thank you so much!  I would definitely recommend Sean and his team if you are thinking of taking on the South Downs Way Challenge.  

    It was super relaxing not having to organise any of the logistics of the weekend ourselves. We really enjoyed staying in Arundel and Arden House, our B&B was a lovely base and prepared us delicious pre-cycling breakfasts. 

    Big thanks to our friendly mini bus drivers Wayne and Gregg and also to Sean who was a fantastic guide and coach, giving us tips and help throughout. 

    I so enjoyed the whole experience and it was great to meet such a fab bunch of people too.  Very much looking forward to booking our next adventure with Marmalade.

  2. catherineeastham

    This really is great fun and you’re so well looked after for the full weekend, from Sean’s superb guiding, bike repairs and MTB cycling tips, through to Lucie’s homely welcome at the lovely Arden House in Arundel, and we mustn’t forget Greg & Wayne who got us and our bikes to and from the route every day. I’ve done lots of road cycling so thought 100 miles over three days wouldn’t be a major challenge – but you shouldn’t underestimate the South Downs Way! The first day is the toughest but Sean’s pep talk got us through and we all built skills and confidence along the way (me especially :)). Loved the big rolling hills on the final day as we neared Eastbourne – finally came into my own and got to the gates first repaying the fabulous dreamwork teamwork we experienced the whole weekend. If you want a fun long weekend cycling challenge then I’d highly recommend this.

  3. Andrew Parker

    Fantastic 3 day ride from Winchester to Eastbourne. Sean got the team to the end in one piece!! Good old Sean!! Good fun all the way!! Arden House in Arundel was a brilliant base. Wonderful choice of breakfasts to start the day off on. Arundel is also a great place to go out in the evening. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and made some great friends along the way!! Everything was superbly planned from the drop offs and pick ups to the B&B and not forgetting the riding itself. Highly recommend booking a trip out with Sean!!

  4. Fiona Bates

    Wow…an absolutely awesome weekend!! Still buzzing!
    It is obvious that a huge amount of planning and thought has gone into creating a really unforgettable weekend!
    From the warm and welcoming Arden House B&B to the super efficient and friendly minibus service.
    Faultless!
    Sean was an inspiring guide who lead and encouraged us all the way across the magnificent South Downs Way. His passion for MTB was infectious.

    A truly memorable weekend. I still can’t believe we did it….100 miles!!?

  5. Mark Bennett

    WOW – What a weekend!

    It’s a shame there’s only 5 stars, as this ride goes up to 11!

    Sara and I have just completed the South Downs Way 3 Day Weekend. The sense of achievement of riding 100 miles of the most fantastic XC trails coupled to the simply stunning views, your expert planning and guiding and the amazing company of yourself and the group made it an EXCEPTIONAL weekend.

    You have found a couple of genuinely great partners in Lucie at Arden House B&B and Wayne at Eastbourne Minibusses. Just like you, they seem to share the same “experience” ethos. It is what will keep clients coming back for more.

    We’ve already booked up for another Marmalade MTB Weekend Adventure!

  6. tessagnew

    What an absolute belter of a weekend. In signature Marmalade style, everything was taken care of, from our own personal minibus to the start of the SDW at Winchester, and back from the finish point at Eastbourne, to the pukka accommodation and great pub and cafe choices for refuelling over the weekend, not to mention the expert guidance and navigation en route too. It was such an epic weekend and a massive adventure. A tough ride for sure – but memories for life. The thing I really love about guided rides is that you can just strip everything back to the pure enjoyment of the *ride* rather than all the faff that goes with it. Best drug ever.

    • Sean

      Thank you for your review Tess. A lot of effort goes into these trips to make them as *faff* free as you say 🙂 and we are stoked your birthday weekend was topped off with conquering the SDW over the two days back in Easter 2019. Thank you and Chris for the big hearts and playing your parts in making the memories for us all!

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