Category Archives: Mountain Biking Weekends

The ultimate guide to biking the UK

From the wild Highlands in Scotland to the rolling beauty of the Chilterns, and the magnificence of the Lake District in between. There is something for every type of rider amongst our mountain bike holidays in the UK, whether it’s a weekend away or something a little longer! Explore our Best of British range…

Awesome Ambleside, England
Guided | Duration: 3 days | Grade: 4-5

Based at the northern end of Windermere in the Lake District, our hand-picked routes are some of the most rewarding and challenging in the UK. It’s our Chief Guide Steve’s favourite due to its technical trails that include steep rocky descents, tight switchbacks and long flowing traverses.

Highlands Coast to Coast, Scotland
Guided | Duration: 7 days | Grade: 4

Dive into the very heart of the Scottish Highlands on a series of ancient drove roads, loch-side routes, forest tracks and twisting singletrack. Over six days of riding our route will take you 235 miles from Loch Hourn on the west coast to Montrose on the east coast.

Chilterns, England
Guided | Duration: 3 days | Grade: 2-3

A cracking mix of forest singletrack and open farmland trails, with plenty of superb descents. There’s the odd technical section and cheeky climb to keep you on your toes but the pay off at the end of the ride is worth it, as you rest up in a superb 16th century coaching inn.

For more dates and fantastic biking destinations, explore the full range of our UK mountain bike holidays here.

The Sandstone Way in motion

There is no need to travel far when you have some of the best trails awaiting you at your doorstep! Covering 120 miles in just 3 days, our remote and scenic Sandstone Way route in Northumberland is bursting with challenges and is a fantastic journey for those looking to get away from the chaos of everyday life without leaving UK. Get inspired by our latest video that will give you a great insight into the trip with the foreword from our Mountain Biking Product Manager Matt Cain

‘After three seasons guiding the Sandstone Way I still enjoy every trip as much as the first. There is just something very gratifying about a proper cross-country journey.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a really hard technical descent or a day blasting round a trail centre as much as anyone, but the reward that comes after a big day out in the countryside is different. Setting out early in the morning with a far-away destination in mind changes the way you ride. You tend to absorb the scenery that little bit more, taking your time to eat well, take some photos and chat to your fellow riders. There is more of a feeling of comradery, support and a joint sense of accomplishment when you roll in to the finish of the day. And what’s even better is heading to bed, well fed and knowing that you have nothing to do the next day but ride your bike.

It might be a little ‘old-school’ but I don’t think that place-to-place mountain biking tours have ever really lost their charm. The Sandstone Way is the perfect way to try out a multi-day tour before tackling a bigger trip in Scotland or abroad.’

Feeling inspired? If you are craving some spectacular wilderness and  want to take on the UK best trails, our cross-country journey Sandstone Way is the one for you! Or, head further afield and explore best trails in Europe and around the world though our extensive range of biking holidays.

9 top trails to try this summer

If twisting trails, sweet singletrack and miles upon miles of blissful, remote off-road riding sounds like the ultimate way to spend your summer…it’s time to take a look at our mountain biking trips departing over the next few months:

1. Trip: Picos de Europa, Spain | When: Jul & Aug. 
We say: Jaw-dropping backdrops and testing terrain.

2. Trip: Celtic Crossing, UK | When: Jul.
We say: An epic Highlands journey in remote wilderness.

3. Trip: South Africa & Botswana | When: Aug to Nov.
We say: Big cats and biking fun…

4. Trip: Chilterns, UK | When: Aug.
We say: A short escape that won’t break the bank.

5. Trip: Highlands Coast to Coast, UK | When: Aug.
We say:
A rewarding way to explore the best of Scotland.

6. Trip: Pyrenees Enduro, Spain | When: Aug.
We say: A route tailored to singletrack junkies.

7. Trip: Sandstone Way, UK | When: Sep.
We say: Secret routes in unspoilt Northumberland.

8. Trip: Sacred Singletrack, Peru | When: Sep.
We say: The holy grail of mountain biking experiences.

9. Trip: Via Francigena, Italy | When: Sep.
We say: A thrilling route along an ancient pilgrimage.

None of the above tick your trail-finding boxes?Check out our full range of bikign trips by clicking here.