South Downs Way

(41 customer reviews)

Ride info

Days: 3 (Fri-Sun)
Style: Cross-country (XC)
Level: 7

MTB Ride level 7


3 nights B&B
Historic hotel
Ensuite rooms
Bike store & charging


Day 1: 38 mi | 61 km
Day 2: 31 mi | 50 km
Day 3: 31 mi | 50 km


Day 1: 4,280 ft | 1,305 m
Day 2: 3,730 ft | 1,135 m
Day 3: 3,670 ft | 1,120 m

South Downs Way

(41 customer reviews)

12-15 Sept 2024
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from £575 (non-residential) £820 (B&B)

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

Booking more than one room? Select occupancy and room type for your first room, add to basket, then repeat.

Click HERE if  you want a ‘private trip‘.


The South Downs Way is one of the UK’s classic off-road challenges. Established in 1972, this long distance trail is based on an 8,000-year-old route along the rolling South Downs. Today, it’s the perfect option for mountain bikers wanting to soak in the beauty of southern England’s most impressive landscapes.

100 miles (160km) from Winchester to Eastbourne, with over 4,000m of climbing and descending, the South Downs Way is an unmistakably big ride – but within reach of most intermediate mountain bikers.

The Marmalade recipe

There are many ways to tackle the South Downs Way. And over the years, we’ve perfected what we think is the perfect approach, mixing unparalleled riding with the comfort and sociability that turns a bike ride into a real holiday…

Three days – At around 30-40 miles (48-65km) each day, we find the perfect pace for combining great biking with time to enjoy our surroundings.

Expert guiding – Our qualified, experienced, insured leaders have ridden the South Downs Way many times. We take care of navigation, while being on hand to help with everything: whether that’s tweaking your bike, offering biking tips, or finding the best ice cream stops in Hampshire and Sussex. Our maximum group size is 7 riders.

Arundel-based – We spend each night in the same location: our favourite hotel in the historical town of Arundel, with its castle, river and many restaurants. The perfect place to relax after a big day of riding.

Minibus and trailer transfers – We arrange comfortable luxury transport for you and your bike to the start and end of each day’s riding. 

Lightweight hassle-free biking – Without having to carry luggage or wonder where you’ll be staying, you can relax and enjoy the South Downs!

Cycling the South Downs Way

Rooms & Prices

Lovely accommodation in historical Arundel

The Norfolk Arms hotel is one of the most welcoming places we’ve ever stayed. This wonderful historic hotel – just 10 minutes from Arundel station (90 minutes from London Victoria) makes an ideal base for our South Downs Way adventures. 

Kate and her team know what Marmalade mountain bikers need: a comfy night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast. Each evening we return to the Norfolk to shower, refresh and recover before we dine in one of Arundel’s many restaurants, in the shadow of its huge castle.

The Norfolk Arms has a range of rooms to suit couples, friends, singles and those who are happy to share. Ask us if you need

We meet in Arundel on a Thursday evening to enjoy an evening getting to know each other, then we ride on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Choose to stay for an additional Sunday night if you’d like to relax and celebrate in Arundel after completing the final day of riding.

  • Prices per person: (incl. VAT)
    • Non-residential = £575
    • Single = £965
    • Double or twin = £820 (based on two people)
    • Double = £995 (single occupancy)
    • All rooms are en-suite
    • A hearty breakfast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday is included
    • Contact us for further details or if you have any questions about the room or occupancy options
  • Payment (booking 60 days or more before trip)
    • £200 deposit on booking, by credit/debit card
    • Balance due 60 days before trip, by bank payment
    • Subject to our standard Terms and Conditions
  • Payment (booking less than 60 days before trip)
    • Full balance payable on booking, by credit/debit card
  • Group size: 7 (max.)

What’s included:

  • Three nights’ bed and breakfast
  • Minibus and trailer transfers between Arundel and the three days’ start and end points
  • Full guiding and support by one of our local, professional, qualified and insured mountain bike leaders

What’s not included:

  • Evening meals and drinks
  • Lunches and snacks (packed lunches available to order)
  • Travel to and from Arundel at the start and end of the trip
  • Parking
  • Activity and holiday insurance
  • Bike spares

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

Your choice of Bike

The South Downs Way can be ridden on all kinds of bike. Hardtail mountain bikes are a popular choice, but we increasingly see gravel bikes and e-bikes in our groups – as well as some full suspension bikes. All are welcome. Each climb, and each descent, is taken at the speed that’s right for you, and we manage our groups carefully to ensure no-one feels left behind.

If you’d like to hire a bike for the trip, we can recommend these quality suppliers:

Is this for me?
  • You will be at least an advanced beginner 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
The ROUTEs - Three Day Format
  • Duration: 5-7 hours per day
  • Distance: 100 miles (Total)
  • Day 1 Start: Winchester
    • End point – Cocking
    • 38 mi | 61 km and 4,280 ft | 1,305 m  of ascent (approx.)
  • Day 2 Start: Cocking
    • End point – Brighton
    • 31 mi | 50 km and  3,730 ft | 1,135 m of ascent (approx.)
  • Day 3 Start: Brighton
    • End Point – Eastbourne
    • 31 mi | 50 km and 3,670 ft | 1,120 m of ascent (approx.)
  • Minibus meets: 1-2 per day
  • Elevation gain: 11,925 ft | 3,635 m
  • 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: 7 maximum
    • plus ONE of our local, professional and fully qualified mountain bike leader
What do I need?

Equipment, kit and clothing


  • Suitable mountain bike in good working order (bikes can be hired in advance)
  • Helmet (in good condition, with no damage)
  • Clothing and shoes appropriate for cycling and weather conditions on the day
  • Personal choice of drink and ride snacks
  • Spare rear mech hanger specific for your bike


  • Gloves
  • Glasses, sunglasses or eyeshields
  • Hydration backpack (min. 2 liters)
  • Spare inner tubes
  • Spare spokes specific to your bike wheels
  • Puncture repair kit and bicycle pump
  • Padded cycling shorts for comfort

What’s not included

  • Bike hire – see ‘Your choice of bike’ section above 
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Pre, during or post activity refreshments
  • Personal travel or accident Insurance
  1. Aidan Childs

    Hi Sean , just had the best 3 days of XC biking across the South Downs Way. From your expert guiding and great banter to the Arundel hotel and minibus support it was all outstanding . Also not forgetting the great bunch of other riders who signed up , we all laughed , tested our riding limits and shared amazing views . Thanks again , enjoyed it so much have signed up to do another one of your trips to the Isle of Wight .

  2. Jenny

    What a fabulous experience from start to finish. Just had a wonderful three days cycling from Winchester to Eastbourne along the South Downs Way with a great group of people. The encouragement of fellow team members and Sean’s expert guidance, encouragement and in depth knowledge of the trail made for an epic ride through stunning scenery. Transportation and backup throughout the ride from Greg was exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble. To return to the comfort of the hotel and enjoy a good meal in the company of fellow team members was luxury after a hard day’s cycling. A five star experience all round. Thank you guys for a wonderful three days.

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    May Southdown’s way weekend .
    Wow what does one say signed up to this weekend for many personal reasons .. from the start Sean was friendly, understanding and extremely respectful and supportive about me taking part . During the weekend he gave me encouragement and guidance, picked me up when I was down and even cut me free from the brambles. The group was amazing, we all supported one another and what a weekend we had .
    At times challenging but Sean’s pet talks helped me to complete the 100 miles.
    If you’re unsure if this trip is for you Sean is the person to speak with .

  4. Angela

    May South Down way weekend.
    Wow what does one say, signed up to this weekend for many personal reasons… from the start Sean was friendly, understanding and extremely respectful and supportive about me taking part. During the weekend he gave me encouragement and guidance, picked me up when I was down and even cut me free from the brambles. The group was amazing, we all supported one another and what a weekend we had.
    At times challenging but Sean’s pet talks helped me to complete the 100 miles.
    If you’re unsure if this trip is for you Sean is the person to speak with.

  5. Sonya Wright

    Amazing awesome fantastic beyond belief, what more can l say ! Sean you’re all of the above and more you helped and encouraged me to achieve more than l ever expected of myself I’ve only been riding since 1st June 2023 and this was the best experience ever , I’m not ready to give up yet and will push myself as far as l can you and your team are fabulous.
    Greg is a complete star and l made new friends l hope to maybe meet again!
    Sean you may not have seen the last of this fellow ginger !
    Highly recommend anyone to book through this guy you will not be disappointed!
    Awsome !

  6. Rich

    The most epic trip. I’m not even joking that day 3 of this trip was one of the best experiences of my life. I think the weather helped, but blimey, what a ride!

    Sean is so chill, good vibes only. Great tips, reminders and adjustments to my set up, which all together progressed my riding — I really feel I made progress with my downhill confidence.

    An amazing trip. Book one yourself, you will not regret it. Everyone is welcome and everyone will go home smiling.

  7. Mark Tooth

    Wow Sean, what a guy! 100 mile SDW over 3 days. The work that must have gone into making this a bucket list trip cannot be understated. I felt Sean had my back all the way, he mentored, nannied, bullied and got me though in all the right measure. The restaurants he had picked were spot on for the evening too where 7 unknown riders have all become friends. I can’t recommend Marmalade MTB highly enough, the whole package was faultless. If you want to ride choose Marmalade MTB, no regrets and wanting more. Mark

  8. Andrew Leader

    Just completed the South Downs Way epic with Marmalade and it was a fantastic weekend. This trip has been a bucket list ride for me for a long time but with the logistics of riding a 100 mile off road linear route, had never got around to it. However, I discovered Marmalade last year and they organise the whole thing brilliantly and I am stoked to have now ticked this one off. Marmalade have got the format spot on, running it over 3 days with great accommodation, minibus/bike trailer support and organising evening meals in base town Arundel. There really is no better way to take on the South Downs Way challenge.

    The trip was excellently led by Sean who worked tirelessly to ensure the whole group completed this adventure, resolving technical issues (and there were a few) and providing encouragement throughout the weekend. With Wayne providing the logistical support with minibus and trailer we were in great hands. Both these guys are legends and without their support I would have not completed it. On day one I had a tyre deform after repairing a puncture. Somehow Sean reshaped the tyre so I could complete the day and Wayne went to a bike shop to get a new one.

    The ride itself is classic cross-country with a lot of tough climbs and complimentary rolling descents. For the most part it’s not too technical but there are a few places with steep descents that keep you focused. For mile after mile, we were treated to stunning views across Hampshire and Sussex. Riding in a group enhances the trip on a social level with great team work and banter throughout. I was buzzing when we reached Eastbourne having completed the challenge. Massive thanks to the Marmalade team and my fellow riders. I really did have the best time and will definitely be back to do it again.

  9. Michelle Smith

    On day one I’m sure I wasn’t alone in wondering I’m not sure I can do this.. what was I thinking?? Being the only female and probably the least fit of the group I was very conscious of holding everyone up. Fear of the unknown and my first more than one day event was also on my mind. Sean is the most easy going, lovely bloke you will ever meet. He rode with me when I was obviously struggling… and got me through three days which still hasn’t sunk in! It was very emotional finishing and I just wanted my parents to see me cross the imaginary finish line and to share my achievement.
    Sean has given me so much confidence… my position was all wrong, an accident waiting to happen and with a few adjustments to my bike he put me right. Sean is so encouraging and this was an experience to always cherish.
    He promoted great teamwork and sharing a common goal. If you are considering this iconic route there is no one better to do it with!

  10. Peter Adams

    Wow. What an amazing experience.
    Thanks so much Sean and the team (Lucie at the B&B and Wayne with the minibus transport) for a wonderful 3 days cycling the ups and downs of South Downs Way.
    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.
    We also experienced great pubs and restaurants in the evening with excellent food
    If you’re looking for a fun and challenging weekend cycling, I would definitely recommend this trip.

  11. Pete Wilson

    Epic views after tough climbs followed by fun descents. Expert guiding as always from Sean ensuring everyone in the group got to the end with a smile on their face. Great organisation and logistics including the amazing Wayne to get us to the start point and back to base at Lucie’s fantastic b&b. Great times!

  12. Alan James

    I have just successfully completed The South Downs Way. Its brutal and gruelling but the support and encouragement given by Marmalade MTB got me through it. As a 65 year old, I was worried about my ability to take on this challenge, something I have wanted to do for a long time, the lessons here are do it and do it now with Marmalade MTB!

  13. Anne Bendy

    What an epic adventure! 3 days on the South Downs Way with like minded bikers under the great guidance of Sean, our MTB guide, coach and motivator.
    Beautiful rolling countryside was all around and we were fuelled by the delicious breakfast that Lucie at Arden House B & B provided each morning. Wayne, our minibus driver was awesome at our rendezvous points. I certainly highly recommend the Marmalade MTB experience.

  14. Annabel

    This is definitely the way to cycle the South Downs Way! Sean was a great mtb guide, leader and bike repair man! Very kindly fixing my bike on a number of occasions! He got us all up and down the hills with his enthusiasm, motivation and humour. The 3 days were so well organised. Lucie was very welcoming at Arden House and nothing was too much trouble. Wayne was awesome and we were always so pleased to see him with his minibus to pick us up. We had a great team and the weather was kind so all in all a great way to spend 3 days cycling in the glorious countryside.

  15. Simon

    I knew that the South Downs Way would be a challenge and prepared as best I could but it is only through the organisation and planning of Marmalade MTB (which was without fault) and the direct support and encouragement of our professional and qualified guide Sean and the team of other riders Ann, Annabel, Pieter and David that I actually achieved it. A credit and my thanks to all involved. Highly recommended. I can think of no better way to do it.

  16. Pieter Naude

    I came for a 3 day scenic cruise with my eBike and I return to South Africa having completed the most scenic and most challenging ride in my time! I rode the SDW with my son David and we met up with great co-riders – Annabel, Anne and Simon. Our ride would not have been what it turned out to be if it was not for our truly professional coach and guide – Sean.

  17. Helen Blair

    Brilliantly organised 3 day trip covering the South Downs Way. Sean was a superb guide who went above and beyond to make sure everyone was looked after. With his extensive knowledge of the area, mountain biking tips and roadside repairs, you will be in safe hands. Thanks also to the rest of the fabulous team who made the trip a huge success – Lucy and Iain at the lovely Arden B&B and Wayne from Eastbourne Minibuses for ferrying us around. Thank you!

  18. Jonathan Blackmore

    I cannot recommend highly enough Marmalade MTB, the whole experience was a joy, I very much look forward to more adventures in the future, Sean and team Marmalade, a massive thank you!

  19. Colin Metcalfe

    As a novice to mountain biking, I was very anxious that I would be in the van at half way on day one! I need not have worried, being in the safe hands of Sean, his experience and leadership, creating a supporting team to get us all over the line 3 days later in Eastbourne. His constant encouragement and positive attitude made this extremely enjoyable and would seek out Marmalade for my next guided trip. I have already recommended to others. The organisation was beyond fault and an excellent format. Bear in mind ‘cheeky’ is tougher than ‘substantial ‘. Altogether ….”Brakes on NOW”

  20. Andrea b

    What an adventure. thrilled to have completed it. At the end of each day I was sorry the ride was over.

    I had put in some preparation for the hills but not as much as hoped so I was nervous of what lay in store but Sean’s reassurance and guiding was perfect.

    So lucky with a wonderful group of like-minded riders. As a pack we rode naturally together on the trails. With as much banter and excitement in the mini-bus, b&b or pub off the trails.

    Thank you all for a seamlessly organized experience!

  21. Mark

    Just back from a superb 3 day trip conquering the South Downs Way, Sean was an amazing leader and I picked up so many useful tips on this trip on how to become a better rider. The scenery was out of this world and each day brought new and exciting challenges but were so super rewarding. Hats off to Lucie at Arden House B & B and to Wayne who ferried us around and waited patiently for us at the various stops, just brilliant !!.

  22. Lynne

    That’s all I can say . Epic 3 days riding the South Downs way . This is my second time and you can never get bored . Sean is amazing , his knowledge and skills across the SDW made me feel at ease knowing I was in safe hands , Lucie at Arden House B&B was always there with a smile , rooms and food were perfect a great location and just what you needed to refresh your batteries for the next day . Wayne from Eastbourne Minibuses was always there with a big smile and also couldn’t do enough to help if needed .
    Will definitely be back and 100% will be using Marmalade again .
    Thanks guys looking forward to the next challenge

  23. Robert Jones

    Simply just great fun!

  24. Jules

    If you want to experience the beauty of the South Downs then this is the way to do it.
    Sean’s knowledge and experience made this trip really special. Very well organised and some great tips over the 3 days.
    Thanks to Sean for sorting out the fantastic Arden House B and B (Lucie) and the awesome Eastbourne Minibuses (Wayne).
    Will definitely be returning

  25. John

    Thanks so much Sean and the team (Lucie at the B&B and Wayne with the minibus transport) for a wonderful 3 days cycling the hills and long descents of the South Downs Way.

    Your organisation and attention to detail made the whole trip perfect, from breakfast through to evening meal (with many humongous hills in between). Really happy to have taken on the challenge and so privileged to have done the ride with a wonderful bunch of fellow leg-powered mtb’ers. Such fun, even on a rainy 3rd day we were all smiling and the kms clicked by into Eastbourne.

    Thank you Sean, Lucie and Wayne and the rest of the gang for a wonderful holiday.

  26. David

    Had a great three days riding with Sean, everything was organised from the minute we got up till the end of the day, Sean has a real understanding of the area. Some spectacular views and a great way to spend three days riding the South Down Way. All of the places Sean organised for the evening meals were very good. Keep up the good work Sean and his Team.

  27. Deb Wheeler

    I was really looking forward to our 3 day South Downs Way trip. It certainly didn’t disappoint. Sean and his team were so well organised, we just rolled down to breakfast and from then on whole day was sorted til bedtime. The riding was fantastic with seemingly never ending vistas of gorgeous far reaching green views. All the riding was fun with some challenging long climbs, excellent long downhills, and we were lucky our fellow guests were a great bunch as we all had fun with lots of banter and laughter. Sean is a helpful and fun guide and top bloke. The evening eating options were perfect. Lucie & Iain at Arden House are so welcoming, their breakfasts and evening meal are to be recommended, and the bed was really comfy. As is the super efficient and cheerful Wayne of Eastbourne Minibuses, he’s my favourite new friend of the trip , sorry fellow riders. All in all a great trip that I’d recommend to anyone. Unless they hate hills and mountain biking. Well done Sean and the Team. Missing y’all ready.

  28. Keith

    I’ve wanted to cycle the South Downs for a number of years and Sean’s 3 day format made it possible. What made it a truly awesome challenge was the way Sean led the group and my fellow cyclists who were a lovely bunch to spend time with. I can’t recommend the experience highly enough. the whole weekend was perfectly organised with Lucie taking good care of us at the B&B, and Wayne providing minibus support with a welcome smile. A big thanks to everyone for a wonderful adventure!

  29. Gill Sellars

    Just completed the 3 day South Downs Way with Marmalade. Stunning views all the way. Thanks to Sean for the excellent organisation, pre trip training advice, great choice of accommodation at Arden House and eateries each night. This along with the en route riding tips made the 3 days of epic climbing and downhills doable and enjoyable for a very average mountain biker like myself.

  30. sprout.thacker

    Arrived at Arden to warm welcome from Lucie and guide Paul.
    Breakfasts were plentiful (burrito for breakfast Muy bien). Wayne and the van were always ready before us so we were soon out on the trail. Paul gave us lots of tips and let us know ahead of any technical bits so we were prepared.
    Different style of evening meals every night
    When a tyre was ripped Wayne was quickly on the scene with a replacement tyre which Paul fitted and refilled the sealant. Unbeknownst to us he checked our bikes whilst we were having breakfast so a nail through my tyre could be fixed before we hit the trail.
    There was great riding for the three days with sunshine every day.
    All three elements,Marmalade guide, Eastbourne minibus transport and Arden House accommodation all work seamlessly together so you don’t need to think about anything except enjoying the rides. Brilliant.

  31. stustafford

    An excellent trip! Sean and the Marmalade crew have this weekend organised down to a T so that everything runs super smooth. Just turn up and the next 3 days are solid packed with riding, eating and drinking. Arundel is a lovely base and plenty of waterholes and eateries to keep interest.
    The riding is great too: mainly bridleway, with a bit of single track thrown in, and plenty of interesting undulations to keep you focussed.
    Would definitely recommend.

  32. janetatlb

    The group were well looked after by Sean, Lucie at Arden House and Wayne of Eastbourne Minibuses.
    Although we have this on our doorstep, we had never cycled the whole route, and it was an exhilarating experience to string together all those ups and downs.
    The attention to detail was second to none, with emails letting us know what to expect, and what we needed to bring along, to the planning of each day’s ride.
    We were lucky with the weather, and the rain we expected on the last day didn’t materialise, instead we had sunshine with a cool breeze to keep us going. An experience on the bike that will be hard to beat.

  33. Jeff Grimes

    What a brilliant 3 day trip. Weather was perfect, the ups were steep, the downs were exhilarating and the undulating bits in between gave some fantastic views. Sean led our group expertly and we benefited from his motivational skills on the big climbs as well as his general knowledge of the route. Our group of 8 was really well supported by Wayne our minibus driver and Lucie who runs the B&B. This is one of the best sporting things I’ve done, if you get the chance then do it.

  34. Valerie Jordan

    I did this trip with my husband and we had a great time! Sean and his amazing team had everything perfectly organised: lovely B&B with secure bike storage, minibus transport for us and our bikes transport (with support stops along the way) and a great selection of places to eat in the evenings. He had our group working as a team from the start, enjoying the long downhill runs and encouraging us when our energy was flagging on the uphill grinds.
    We will definitely be back for more!

  35. smb

    Just home from my first 3 day trip across the 100mile route covering The South Downs Way. To be honest I am feeling a little deflated after the euphoria of the last 3 days. This epic route was fantastic and I’ve made 5 other friends along the way. On Friday we had a months worth of rain in a single day but under Sean’s expert guidance, we were not deterred, the day flowed on, just like the ‘rivers’ running down the slopes! Yesterday we finished the route in blazing sunshine over Eastbourne, the perfect end to a perfect trip. Sean’s knowledge of this route is undeniable, he appears to know every nook and cranny and as such, you always feel in safe hands. A big thank you to Wayne for the excellent transportation and to Lucie at Arden House for fabulous accommodation and fine breakfasts! so very much appreciated.

  36. debdewhurst

    Just back from an epic 3 day trip conquering the South Downs Way with some awesome people!
    Sean was an amazing leader – he even put up with my barrage of questions! Picked up so many useful tips on this trip on how to become a better rider. The scenery was breathtaking and each day held its own challenges but were so super rewarding. Hats off to Lucie at Arden House B & B and to Wayne who ferried us around and waited patiently for us at the various stops.
    You definitely need a good level of fitness for this trip but it is fully achievable and an unforgettable experience for sure, along with the added benefit of meeting some like minded, fun, fellow MTBers!

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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!!

  40. 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.
    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!!?

  41. 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!

  42. 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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The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 for Marmalade MTB – 5559, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for:

  • Non-flight packages

ABTOT cover provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled or repatriation if transportation was included in your package.  Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Marmalade MTB.  

In the unlikely event that you require assistance whilst abroad due to our financial failure, please call our 24/7 helpline on 01702 811397 and advise you are a customer of an ABTOT protected travel company.

You can access The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 here: 

You can find out more about ABTOT here:

Package Tour Regulations ABTOT Member Marmalade MTB

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