Level: 2-6



12-20 miles

Ride Type

XC Trail


1,000 ft – 2,400 ft

Surrey Hills Festive MTB Ride & Lunch

From £48.00£80.00 inc. VAT

(14 customer reviews)

Our festive ride on the Surrey Hills has been running since 2016 and closes out each year with the perfect fusion of amazing trail riding, our famous fun vibe, fancy dress and the all important three-course Christmas Dinner at the Hurtwood Inn.

Choose your ride: a fairly easy route for beginners and lower intermediates, or something a little more energetic for upper intermediates and advanced riders who like Hurtwood’s more challenging trails.

After riding, both groups reunite to enjoy our meal together.

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Join us again as we close out yet another year of awesome mountain biking experiences across the South East and UK, with our Christmas rides on the Surrey Hills and all the fun it has become famous for since 2016.

Our Christmas rides on the Surrey Hills – what to expect!

Each year we welcome a mix of new riders and old friends who are veterans of our popular guided rides to join together and create a simply amazing day of laughs and festive fun on the equally famous singletrack of the Surrey Hills.

Weather dependant, we will use our unrivalled knowledge of the best trails to create a sublime ride that will make the most of the conditions and guaranteed to have everyone smiling from ear-to-ear. The route is likely to focus on Holmbury and Pitch Hills and take in a hearty and warming snack at the Peaslake Village Stores.

Festive bling wins prizes

Another tradition of this annual event is the invitation to dress you and your bike up with festive bling and decorations, if you wish, providing it is safe and firmly fixed to your bike! This not only makes for awesome photos, but you will have the chance to win some prizes which will hopefully be donated by our friends across the MTB industry!

Festive lunch included

The Hurtwood Inn with it’s roaring fire and the delicious Christmas lunch will be our venue for the post ride festivities. The Hurtwood team will be there to welcome us from 2 pm to serve our food and the fine local ale or seasonal soft drink or two.


Why not make a weekend of it and stay a night or two with our friends at the Hurtwood Inn in one of their stylish and cosy rooms. This base in the quintessential village of Peaslake is oozing with rural charm and will be the perfect base for two day treat.

The area and the trails

The lush woodland that smothers these green sandstone hills is festooned with ancient bridleways and trails that have become synonymous with the Surrey Hills. This ride will perfectly link together the flowing and whoop inducing singletrack of Holmbury Hill and Pitch Hill with the classics such as Yogurt Pots, Telegraph Row, Barry Knows Best, Supernova, Graveyard and many many more. The gritty and sandy nature of this area results in the trails draining well and handling the winter conditions much better than other areas. This is another reason why our festive MTB guided ride should not be missed and has been enjoyed by many shredders each year.

MTB bike hire

Visiting family and friends without your bike? Or simply you want to give this ride a go, but do not own a mountain bike? Then simply book your bike/s direct from our friends at The Riders Hub Peaslake below:

(please note, Marmalade MTB are not responsible for the provision of these bikes. By using the system below you are booking direct with The Riders Hub Peaslake)

  • Price: £80 per person (incl. VAT)
    • Maximum 32 places (x4 individual groups of x8)
    • Includes Christmas lunch at the Hurtwood Inn after the ride
    • Fancy dress optional
    • Excludes drinks at the Hurtwood Inn and mid-ride cafe stop
  • Duration: 3-5 hours (dependant on the weather and overall group level on the day)
  • Distance and Elevation gain:
    • Novice group: 8-12 miles / 1,000 ft (approx.)
    • Intermediate and advance groups: 15-20 miles / 2,200 ft (approx.)
  • Technical Grade: Novice to Advance
    (any questions, please contact us)
  • Meet time: 8.30 am | 9 am on bikes
  • Meet point: Hurtwood No. 2 car park, Walking Bottom, Peaslake
    • If the car park above is full please use these other options and ride to meet your group in Hurtwood No.2 car park:
  • As with previous years will be guiding ONE group for cyclists that consider themselves at NOVICE or introductory level
  • You will be at least an intermediate mountain biker
  • You will be confident in mountain bike handling skills on 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. All of which are roll-able
  • 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 3-5 hours 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
  • Backpack
  • Spare inner tube
  • Are you tubeless?
    • Please check your sealant levels before the ride
  • Puncture repair kit and bicycle pump
  • Powerlink**
  • Clothing & shoes appropriate for cycling and the weather conditions on the day
    • Strictly no jeans or open toe footwear
  • Padded cycling shorts for comfort
  • Personal choice of drink and ride snacks
  • Change of clothes for the post ride lunch
  • Handlebar grips in good condition*
    • Please ensure your grip ends do NOT have holes in
      • Replace before the ride otherwise you will not be able to take part

* 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
** If you do not have or cannot source one before the ride, do not worry these are not essential for this ride, just a nice to have in your trail pack for the future

What’s not included

  • Bike hire (see description tab for the options)
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Pre, during or post activity refreshments
  • Transfers to & from the location
  • Personal travel and activity Insurance

14 reviews for Surrey Hills Festive MTB Ride & Lunch

  1. Sue Fergusøn

    Another great ride in the Surrey Hills led by Andy and Sean.
    Christmas outfits, Christmas cheer and whoops of delight as we rode down sparkly festive trails. “ I should Co Co “ was a single track descent in a winter wonderland. Riding with Marmalade is always a chance to meet up with friends met at previous previous rides and just delight in being on our bikes together.
    Already planning the decorations for next year!
    Dear Father Shred thank you, and Happy Christmas!

  2. Zoe Holland

    As a newbie to mountain biking I can honestly say that the Marmalade crew are the most patient and supportive guides you could possibly ask for. Clive made sure our group were clued up and prepared for every bump and dip on the ups and downs boosting my confidence as the day progressed. The Festive Ride was such welcoming, wholesome fun I’ll definitely be coming back for more in 2023!

  3. Dave Collin

    Yet another fantastic end to the Marmalade year. Everyone was very festive with the winter wonderland effect that Surrey Hill gave us. The coaching as always was second to none with a mixed bag of skill levels all catered for.
    This was a very chilled fun ride with lots of laughs and giggles.
    Great meeting new people along with meeting people from previous rides.
    Sean and the Marmalade family continue to make mtb group riding a much loved thing.
    Thanks to all involved
    See you in 2023.

  4. Steve Brooker

    So, the final ride of 2022 with the Marmalade ‘family’. The ride was, as always, excellently guided through the ‘ups & downs’ of The Surrey Hills. The frozen forest and ice crystals added some magic to what was a great day out. There is no doubt that Sean and his accomplices have hit the business just right ensuring that us ‘family’ members are loved and cared for at every point along the way. We all ride with confidence in the knowledge that Sean’s team know their stuff providing guidance and surety all the way from the talk at the start to the fine Christmas Lunch at the end. The Tiramasu was to die for! I now have time to book for 2023 and frankly, I cannot wait! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  5. nigelpigden

    An excellent day out riding in the hills with Marmalade followed by a tasty meal in the Royal Oak. Well organised & carried out thanks to Sean & his team !!

  6. nigelpigden

    Another fun winter day well organised with Sean’s team. We had a great ride and good company followed with a tasty festive meal in the Royal Oak afterwards…thank you very much Sean !

  7. dougclemmans

    Another Christmas Cracker of a festive ride with the Marmalade team. I think this is my fourth festive ride in a row with Marmalade and I’m sure it won’t be my last. It’s always a great day out, with lots of laughs and smiles. Merry Christmas everybody.

  8. Jeff Grimes

    Another fab day out with Sean and the Marmalade gang. On a wet, muddy, gritty day got to discover a host of new routes with a great bunch of people rounded off by a superb meal in the Hurtwood Inn. Lovely way to start Christmas.

  9. Dave Collin

    Great day out with guide Paul in Surrey Hills. Early Crimbo pezzie from my wife. Loved every minute of it including all the mud and grit. Big smiles from everyone.
    Thanks Marmalade, can’t wait until next year.

  10. Dave Collin

    Best group ride I have taken part in. First time on Surrey Hills so was not sure what expect. Paul was a fantastic guide and despite all the mud, water and grit the day was the perfect way to finish the year. Thanks to all the Marmalade staff. Can’t wait till next year.

  11. richard Fayers

    Another absolutely fantastic ride with the amazing marmalade crew. Followed by a great Christmas meal in the Royal Oak what else can you say a perfect Sunday

  12. Adrian Elkin

    Wet. Muddy. Cold. Fabulous! Can’t wait to do it again next Christmas.

  13. dougclemmans

    A great day out with a very friendly bunch. Sean was a great guide and host as he always is. He always allows people to go at their pace and never pushes people beyond their limits. The weather was pretty dreadful but everybody was smiling and enjoying themselves. The giant post ride dinner at the Royal Oak was delicious. I highly recommend this ride and will be booking again.

  14. Sue Ferguson

    What a muddy, gritty, fun festive Christmas ride, great guiding by Sean, always making us welcome when shredding those Christmas trails! Some ups and fantastic downs – followed by a very welcome socially distanced meal at the Royal Oak. Sue

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