Guided MTB & EMTB Lake District Weekends 2024

Welcome to our guided mountain bike and e-bike weekends in the Lake District! Join us for an unforgettable adventure on two wheels as we explore some of the most stunning trails in the UK.

Our expert guides will lead you through the heart of the Lake District taking you on thrilling descents and challenging climbs. The Lake District mountain bike weekends are aimed at those looking for a fantastic adventure in some stunning scenery. It’s not just about the trails, but also the opportunity to ride with like-minded folk and make memories which will last a lifetime!

What is included?

2 x days guiding.

This is a guiding only trip so you will need to make your own accommodation / camping arrangements. That’s not to say we don’t know some of the Lake District’s finest cafes and pubs for start and end of ride celebrations and refreshments!

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Introduction

Each day will begin with a meet-up at 09.30am and we will aim to have completed our ride by 4pm. We can then relax and re-live the day over a local, craft beer, coffee and cake or ice cream!

Example Itinerary (weather dependant)

Day 1: Saturday

Grizedale Forest and the Furness Fells, with amazing views over Coniston Water and the famous peak of The Old Man of Coniston. Today will provide a myriad of fantastic, rocky and technical, to flat-out and flowing bridleways and off-piste trails. We can ride as far as our legs / battery will carry us on this day and the exact route will depend on the weather and group energy levels.

Remember, we’ve got to save our legs for Helvellyn the next day! Refreshments mid -ride can be had at either the pub in Satterthwaite or the café at the Grizedale visitor centre.

Day 2: Sunday

Helvellyn is the highest mountain in England that you can (legally) ride on a bike. Be prepared for a big climb, big views and a huge descent! The Sticks Pass descent is fantastic; steep, rocky and loose but all rideable. This is big mountain riding at its finest and the sense of achievement at the end of the day is something else!

**For the E-Bike weekend, depending on how much battery you’ve used, we can extend the day and ride the wonderful Ullswater single track route which is nearby.**

Cost:

£250 per person

A minimum of 4 riders and a maximum of 6 are required for these weekend trips

E-Bike Specific Weekend
April 27th, 28th

Day 1. Furness Fells and Grizedale Forest: Approx 55KM 1500m ascent
Day 2. Helvellyn & Sticks Pass 23km 1130m of ascent

Pedal Power & E-Bike Weekend
May 4th, 5th

Day 1. Furness Fells and Grizedale Forest: Approx. 30km 800m ascent
Day 2. Helvellyn & Sticks Pass 23km 1130m  ascent

**Private group individual weekends on other dates can be arranged. Please get in touch to discuss bespoke trips.**

Where do we meet?

Our morning meeting places will be as follows (unless your guide advises otherwise):

Day 1. 09.30 Grizedale Visitor centre (café, bike shop, toilets)
Day 2. 09.30 Main carpark at Glenridding (toilets, café, pub, ice cream, swimming)

Are these trips for me?

The weekends include an ascent of Helvellyn and are best suited to Intermediate Plus riders. You should be happy on all red and most black graded trails and you should also have ridden some natural bridleways or ‘off-piste’ style trails. In addition, you should be fit enough to hike, pedal and carry (for a short distance) for 3 hours minimum with your bike (height gain 870m). Don’t worry, the pace will be nice and steady!

However, more importantly than this, you should be comfortable with getting off and walking any section that you don’t like the look of. 

Always ride within your comfort zone when in remote areas! Our guides can offer tips and advice to help get you through the most tech sections.

Who will be guiding us?

Your guides hold the Mountain Leader Award in addition to the highest level MTB Guiding qualification offered in the UK (British Cycling Level 3). Kath is also a British Cycling qualified coach and a member of the International Association of Mountain Bike Guides.

Includes:
2 x full days Guiding
£180 per person
4 x riders minimum
6 x riders maximum

How to Book

Please use the button below to access our booking form
or email me: kath@ridehighmtb.co.uk
or contact me @ridehighmtb on Facebook or Instagram DM

Is this for me and other FAQs

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What if I am isolating or ill and can’t attend the weekend?

We strongly recommend you take out holiday insurance as we cannot refund due to illness / injury. We will however fill your place if we have a waiting list and, in that case, we will refund your booking cost. Please see T&Cs on the RideHigh MTB website.
Terms & Conditions – Ride High MTB

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What if the weather forecast is bad and I don’t want to ride in bad weather? Can I cancel?

Of course, you can cancel but we will not issue a refund. Please note that the weekend will go ahead despite any poor weather. There are many different ride options and locations which are more sheltered than others. We also recommend that participants bring warm and wet weather riding kit as this is Scotland after all!

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What is the riding like? Will my riding be up to it?

Weather permitting, the riding on these weekends will be mainly natural trails along with some technical riding on rocky terrain.

If you are happy riding a variety of red and black, trail centre trails and have ridden some off-piste then these weekend are suitable for you. Please note that the Introduction to Lake District Trails weekend is suitable for riders comfortable on blue/red trails.

There is also a fair amount of climbing involved as you'd expect in any mountainous region. Around 600-1000m of climbing (more for the E-Bike tours) and on the Helvellyn day though! We will be on-hand to offer coaching tips to help you build confidence with this style of riding.

We are used to introducing customers to challenging terrain, but you must be aware of your limits and not feel any pressure to ride any feature you are unsure of.

**Please get in touch to chat about this if you are at all concerned**

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How fit do I need to be?
We will be out on the bikes for a full day on Saturday and Sunday and a half day on Monday. So, you should be used to spending at least 4-6 hours in the saddle. * See itinerary for more detail* The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the weekend will be BUT please try not to worry, everyone climbs at their own pace and in my experience, on a weekend MTB course, riders are very happy to chat, take pictures and encourage each other on both climbs and descents.
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What riding kit/equipment do I need to bring?

A well-fitting helmet is a must. No helmet, no ride! A half shell/ full-face with detachable chin bar / lightweight, enduro style full-face is suitable. You are likely to overheat if you ride in a heavy, DH full-face helmet.

  • Gloves
  • Goggles / Glasses
  • Kneepads (elbow pads optional)
  • Body armour which you are comfortable pedalling in
  • Backpack / bumbag
  • Water bottle/camelback
  • Trail snacks/gels/bars/ trail mix
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Riding clothes for both warm and cold weather
  • Any component spares specific to your bike i.e. mech hanger, brake pads
  • Inner tube + any usual trailside fix kit

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What if I realise, I’ve bitten off more than I can chew?

Don’t panic… Anyone can have a bad day! Your guides are also qualified coaches and can offer top tips to help you. However, no-one should ever feel pressured to ride a feature they don't like the look of. Simply hopping off and walking bike down is often the best strategy.