A Big Day Out
Always fancied riding the big classic trails you've read about in the magazines or seen on social media, but not had the people to ride with, or felt confident enough to tackle them alone?
Helvellyn, High Street, the Eastern Passes, Cut Gate, Jacob's Ladder... there are a lifetime's worth of "Big Days Out" you can have on a bike throughout the North of England.
Perhaps you're simply looking to enjoy some of these awesome adventures with a bunch of like-minded people and without the stress of having to navigate as you go? We all know riding in a group can make for a great day out on the trails, and so due to popular demand we've put together some guided group day rides for this Spring/Summer!
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see what we've got lined up!
We've pitched these rides at various different levels to try and cater for everyone, but if you'd like to come on a particular one, and aren't sure about the level, then get in touch for a chat, as we may have others in the same situation and can adjust a ride accordingly!
Alternatively, if you'd like a day's private guiding for yourself or a group of friends on any of these trips then get in touch to see what days are available.
We need a minimum number of 4 participants for these days to run, but once that number has been reached, the day is guaranteed. There will only ever be a maximum of 7 in any group too.
As always, the good old British weather can sometimes put paid to the best laid plans, so we'll always have an alternate route for another great day out in the same area if conditions mean we cannot tackle our "plan A".
Each of these days will be a fully guided ride, but no transport or other services will be included so you'll need to make your own way to/from the start and finish point, and bring sustenance for a big day out! (Sandwiches, snacks, water).
All rides will meet at 9 am unless otherwise stated, aiming to return no later than 4 pm, so you should come with the fitness necessary to spend 6-7 hours out on your bike.
Bike hire can be arranged from local shops for you if you get in touch early enough.
Price: £50 per person (payable at time of booking)
To book, or for more info, please click the link below and fill out the contact form with details of which ride you'd like to book onto.
We'll then get back to you asap with a booking form and payment details to reserve your space!
dates and rides:
The Eastern Passes (Intermediate plus) - A big day out from Staveley in the South Lakes, taking in beautiful singletrack in the Kentmere valley, as well as the tough but rewarding climbs and descents of Gatesgarth and Nan Bield passes. This is a tough ride with a lot of Hike-a-bike climbs, and some loose and technical descending. but also some of the best natural trails in the UK. An excellent level of fitness is important on this ride, and strong intermediate level riding skills. Start/finish point: Staveley Mill Yard
Dates available: No dates currently planned...get in touch to register interest!
Helvellyn for first timers - Girls only day out! (Intermediate plus) - or another full day ride in the Ullswater area if the weather doesn't allow! The highest mountain you can legally summit with a mountain bike in England! Helvellyn is criss-crossed by some great, but also highly technical bridleways, as well as some fantastic flowing rocky singletrack. When the weather is good and the views are great there is no better place to be! It's a tough climb to the top, but we'll show you the best way to carry your bike, and make sure everyone moves at a pace that means you can save enough energy to enjoy the descent. If you are comfortable on red graded trail centre routes and have done some natural riding already then this ride is for you. It's a big day even though the distance isn't huge, so you'll need a very good level of fitness. There are some steeper rocky sections on our descent (and it's no problem if you don't want to ride these, some people will and some won't!) but the majority of the route is rideable. Start/finish point: Glenridding main public car park
Dates available: Friday 31st May 2019.
Duddon Valley singletrack delights (Intermediate) - This quiet little corner of the Lakes is one of our favourite spots to ride. Sublime singletrack, technical climbs, and fabulous descents make this a great day out for anyone wanting to explore a beautiful part of the Lake district they might not have visited before. As ever, it's a full day out with lots of climbing and descending so you'll need a good level of fitness, be comfortable riding on red graded trail centre routes and have experienced some natural trails too.
Dates available: Monday 3rd June 2019.
Helvellyn highs (Advanced) - On this big day out we'll tackle one of our favourite ways up and down the famous Lakeland giant. It's a rocky, stepped descent to start once we leave the (hopefully) breathtaking summit views, where concentration on the technical terrain is vital. The riding soon becomes faster and more flowing though, and will lead us swooping and whooping back to the bottom for celebratory tea and cake in one of the local cafes. The climbing is tough and you will need to be fit as well as used to riding technical and steep trails to get the most out of this day.
Dates Available: No dates currently planned - enquire for details or private bookings
Borrowdale Bash for the girls! (Intermediate) - A northern Lake District classic and rite of passage for any mountain biker. Great views, flowing trails, as well as some big descents, technical bits of singletrack, and a tough road climb mean this ride has a little bit of everything (including a mid way cafe!). Taken at a steady pace it's a good ride for strong intermediate level riders with a good level of fitness, with shorter technical sections to try if you feel up to it, but easy enough to push down if you don't! One of our favourite days out in the Lakes, whatever the season and the weather, and no matter how many times you've ridden it before, it's always good fun and especially in a group.
Dates Available: Enquire for details
Highs and lows of High Street (Intermediate) - An absolute Lakeland classic with incredible 360 degree views (if the weather allows!), a big climb, flat-out swoopy singletrack descending, and a technical rocky lakeside trail to finish. A day which is all about getting "out there" in the hills. Suitable for anyone with a very good level of fitness and intermediate riding skills (i.e. comfortable on trail centre red routes and experience of some natural terrain).
Dates available: Enquire for details
Skiddaw Skeddadle (Intermediate) - The bridleways around Skiddaw have always been popular, and for good reason! We'll use some of the classics, and some lesser used trails to form a loop with great views, fun riding, and a proper wilderness feel to the day. It'll be a full day out with over 1000m climbing and descending, on rutted bridleways, rocky singletrack, and fast grassy trails. Suitable for intermediate riders with a very good level of fitness.
Dates available: Enquire for details
The Western Four Passes (Advanced) - A beast of a ride, but oh what a magnificent one! The distance of 20 miles might sound short, but there is almost as much hike-a-bike on this ride as there is riding. Why bother then? Because each and every one of the four descents will ensure you forget instantly about the climb to reach them, and finish giggling and whooping for more! Spectacular views and a real mountain journey. This is a serious ride with highly technical descents suitable only for experienced riders. You should be comfortable and used to riding all kinds of steep, technical, natural mountain terrain in the UK and abroad (otherwise you will find yourself walking the descents as well as the climbs), and have an excellent level of fitness to enjoy a full-on day of riding. Once committed there are no options for bailing out half way round if your legs are tired!
Dates available: Enquire for details
The Darker side of the Peak (Intermediate plus) - A big day out from Hayfield on some great gritstone trails. This side of the Peak District is much quieter than the well-known Hope Valley, with a more remote feel, but the trails are equally as good! Challenging climbs and rocky descents including the famous Jacob's Ladder as well as some other lesser-known local classics, make this a perfect day to escape the crowds and find some solitude on the wilder side of the Peak. The climbs on this route certainly pack a punch, and so you'll need a very good level of fitness to enjoy this ride as we'll be out riding for 6-7 hours. Technically the trails are rocky but not super steep for the most part, but you'll want to be a confident red grade trail centre rider to get the most out of this day.
Dates Available: Friday 26th April 2019
A Grand Day Out int’ Dales! (Intermediate) - A beautiful and interesting day’s ride in the lovely Yorkshire Dales. Starting from Ingleton and taking in classic Limestone scenery of dry stone walls, waterfalls, rocky outcrops, caves, and pretty stone villages. Never overly technical, there are delightful sections of flowing singletrack, rocky farm tracks, fast grassy moorland trails, and even some tunnels! With plenty of options for cafe stops, this ride is a perfect introduction to the natural riding in the Dales, and suitable for those with a good level of fitness and comfortable on easier red graded trails. The distance covered is about 38km, with 800m climbing and descending. Still a big day out, but less intimidating than some of our Lake District and Peak District rides.
Dates Available: Wednesday 1st May 2019, Wednesday 5th June 2019