South Downs Way 2021

The same comfy B&B each night, mini-bus transfers and two rides formats to choose from!

Weekly Rides

Superb guided rides for all levels across the national park!

Explore

Thousands of miles of ancient trails and the best cross-country riding in the UK

South Downs

Did you know there are thousands of miles of ancient bridleways to be explored across the South Downs? Mountain biking is the perfect way to enjoy this national park that offers 360 degree panoramic views of the English Channel and the high weald towards the North. Sprinkled through-out are the pockets of woodland which serve offer up scintillating singletrack to inject sheer flow to your South Downs MTB ride.

Monthly Guided Rides

Rookie to MTB Rider

An introduction to MTB riding

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Difficulty

1

A

Distance

5-15miles

Ride Type

XC Trail

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Ascent

variable
Clear

Goodwood & Kingley Vale

A favourite local loop

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Difficulty

5

A

Distance

22 miles

Ride Type

XC
&

Ascent

2,300 ft
Clear

Birling Gap Bash

Stunning Cliff Top XC

N

Difficulty

5

A

Distance

21 miles

Ride Type

XC

&

Ascent

1,620 ft
Clear

Stanmer Slayer

City Limits Singletrack

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Difficulty

7

A

Distance

12 miles

Ride Type

Trail

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Ascent

1,900 ft
Clear

Invest to Impress

The South Downs has a great mountain biking scene and for many it is the ideal place for an introduction to off-road cycling. The open downland and fast rolling bridleways provide the excellent terrain to build your fitness and fine tune your bike handling skills. Everyone can benefit from focussed MTB coaching from our local expert coaches Hannah and Jim. Both can deliver custom fun sessions covering core basics through to mastering singletrack. Locations for our South Downs MTB coaching include Stanmer Park, Queen Elizabeth Country Park and Friston Forest. 

Our MTB Weekenders

Along with our stalwart South Downs Way and Bikepacking trips we have added our two day Dark Peak weekend to our schedule of awesome MTB experiences. Basing ourselves at the superb Swiss House B&B, in the heart of Castleton, we will provide you with the perfect base to take on two of the Peak Districts classic loops, that are brimming with epic rocky descents, technical climbs and huge views for the reward!

Intro to Bikepacking

Discover the amazing thrill of adventure

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Difficulty

4

A

Distance

Day 1: 25-30 miles
Day 2: 15-20 miles

Ride Type

XC
&

Ascent

Day 1: 1,400ft
Day 2: 1,100ft
Clear

South Downs Way

100 miles of classic cross-country

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Difficulty

7

A

Distance

100 miles (total)

Ride Type

XC
&

Ascent

13,620 ft (total)
Clear

Epic Dark Peak

Rocky, rugged and raw

N

Difficulty

9

A

Distance

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

Ride Type

XC / Big Mountain
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Ascent

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

Bespoke Experience

Our in-depth knowledge of the South Downs trail network along with our passion is on hand for you and friends to tap into and together, regardless of fitness or ability level, we can build the perfect mountain bike ride or trip. Therefore, If you are looking for a MTB based 1-2-1, team building corporate activity, birthday, stag or hen party then please contact us today via phone or email and let’s go mountain biking on the South Downs.

1-2-1

Groups (*min. 3 riders)

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Skills Voucher

I booked Marmalade for my son’s 7th birthday having been recommended by a friend. Having not done any real mountain biking with my sons I was a bit apprehensive but needn’t have been! Sean and Paul were very professional, patient and encouraging and everyone (including me) had an awesome time! Have already been asked by the birthday boy if he can do it again next year but I have a feeling we will be booking another session before then.

Michelle, Worthing

I had a great few hours on the South Downs with Chris from Marmalade MTB. Beautiful views and a well planned ride that reflected just what I had asked for. Chris was good company and the three hours flew by. Sean had arranged everything at very short notice, and it all fell into place perfectly. I would certainly recommend Marmalade, as well as the idea of getting someone to guide you when you’re riding somewhere new. I didn’t waste a single minute in dead ends or losing elevation on tarmac like I would have done if I’d been on my own.

Olli, Norwich

Great weekend with some awesome ladies. A fab weekend which was just like being out for a ride with mates; but with the security of being with people who know the trails. The trails were a great mix of open XC and sweet old skool singletrack. Super chilled out, fun and supportive. I’ve come away feeling so much more confident in my own ability and wanting get out on the trails more.

Kate, North Wales

Just got back from a girls weekend away down south and had the best time, just a shame it all come to an end!
A defo for next year, so keep me posted.

Tanya, North Wales

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