South Downs
Mountain Biking

Did you know there are thousands of miles of ancient bridleways to be explored within the South Downs national park? Mountain biking is the perfect way to enjoy a national park that offers 360 degree panoramic views that encompass the sea and the high weald between the South and North Downs...

Introduction South Downs

Marmalade MTB is here to provide guided mountain bike rides across the South Downs national park for all levels of fitness and biking ability. From the roller coaster chalk rolling hills of the South Downs Way to the swooping woodland singletrack trails found all along the length of the Downs, we can ensure you have the perfect fun filled mountain bike ride. Our extensive knowledge of the trails and the numerous quintessential country pubs and cafes serving up award winning traditional ales and food ensures our guided MTB rides and short break riding holidays tick every box. Perhaps you are organising a Stag or Hen Party to Brighton or have the task of co-ordinating an awesome corporate team building event? Then look no further, because within an hour of London or 30 minutes from Gatwick, the South Downs National Park is packed full of unlimited mountain biking options for your ultimate MTB experience. The modern world leaves you with little time to learn navigation skills to find the best mountain biking which results in a bad day out. Leave this all down to us and we can draw on our years of MTB experience along with organising bike hire and providing local transfer in our dedicated and custom Bike Bus. So contact us today to book a 1-2-1 or group ride.

Where will you go with Marmalade MTB?

South Downs Singletrack

Whiteways - Houghton Forest

South Downs Mountain Biking Whiteways MTB

Just north of the historic Arundel lies Houghton Forest and the popular Whiteways cafe. Crammed full of bridleways and woodland trails, this popular spot is a favourite for family walks, horse-riding and mountain biking. The trails and close proximity to the South Downs Way is perfect for all levels. Fast flowing woodland singletrack trails that connect all parts of the forest are often covered in blue-bells during the summer months. The ancient 'Monarchs Way' runs through the heart of Whiteways and intersects numerous bridleways. Looping rides to build fitness or practicing new bike handling skills on the trails, Whiteways has it all.

Stanmer Park - Brighton

South Downs Mountain Biking Stanmer MTB

On the city limits of Brighton and Hove is the 5,000 hectare Stanmer Park. Football, walking, horseriding, a manor house, a tea room and a hamlet all share the idyllic grounds. Mountain biking has long been present and very popular within the wooded hills of the park. The Brighton Big Dog MTB race along with hundreds of local riders enjoy the many hidden, twisting and fast singletrack trails that make Stanmer a local favourite. Throw in the miles of linking bridleways to the South Downs Way this area of Sussex mountain biking provides unlimited routes that Marmalade MTB would be happy to show you.

Friston Forest

South Downs Surrey Hills Mountain Biking Holidays Weekend breaks Friston MTB

Further east towards Eastbourne, Friston forest is close to Seaford and the picture perfect Alfriston. It's the 'jack of all trades' of South Downs mountain biking. A mix of 'old skool' downhill trails plus a green family/beginners trail and the well established red cross country (xc) give Friston a broad appeal. Like many of our MTB hot spots in the South East the woods are full of unmarked, hidden sweet singletrack and Friston is no different with its fast and twisting trails. Once again the network of chalk and flinty bridleways in and around Friston provide countless options to make the most of Souths Downs mountain biking east of Brighton.

Family Mountain Biking

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School Holiday Mountain Biking on the South Downs Stanmer Park

This summer we are launching our Stanmer Park Shred-Fests, that take place on every Wednesday throughout the school holidays. These 2.5 hour guided rides will include fun games to introduce core MTB skills before heading out onto the flowing woodland trails that will leave you and your family whooping for more. Check out the dates below and Book your private morning or afternoon shred-fest today.

Prices start from £120 per ride for up to a family of four. For larger families or groups please contact us for an individual price. Do you need bike hire?

Duration: 2.5 hours Distance: 5-10 miles (approx.) Technical Grade: Advanced beginner (any questions, please contact us) Meet time: 10am (Morning) | 2pm (Afternoon) Meet point: Upper Lodges Car Park, Stanmer Park Dates: 2018 (see PayPal menu below) What’s not included: Bike hire, personal clothing & equipment, overnight accommodation, activity refreshments, transfers to & from location, travel/activity Insurance Book Now
Is this ride suitable for my family?
You and the riders will be at least an advanced beginner mountain biker who are looking to experience a new type of terrain and trail You and the riders will be confident in basic bike handling skills and profficient with operating your bicycle in the correct manner The trails will include features such as roots, small rollable drop-offs and loose small rocks. All of which are rollable All the trails will have options to ride around features that you do not feel comfortable riding You and the riders will have your own suitable mountain bike (Hybrid bicycles are not suitable for this ride) The ride does contain a limited number of undulating and moderately steep long climbs You and the riders will have the personal fitness to ride for at least 2-3 hours at a social and comfortable pace You and the riders are aged 16 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
What do we need for this ride?
Equipment & Accessories Suitable mountain bike in good working order* Gloves and glasses Backpack and spare inner tube Helmet* (IMPORTANT: your helmet must be within the warranty period from the date of manufacture to take part in any of our guided rides. See the table below. You will be asked to submit this information via our riders consent form) Clothing & Extras Clothing & shoes appropriate for cycling and weather conditions on the day Padded cycling shorts for comfort Personal choice of drink and a snack or lunch money * 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 Book Now
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Price Guide

South Downs Wales Guided MTB Rides 1-2-1 prices for mountain biking
South Downs Guided Mountain Biking Prices

* - min. 3, max. 8 riders

Bike Hire

MTB rental from Hassocks Community Cycle Hire

Marmalade MTB Bike Bus

Our big blue Renault Master is the perfect vehicle to support our sociable guided mountain bike rides on the South Downs and the Surrey Hills. Let's do our bit for the environment and van-share to reduce our carbon footprint. With its 7 passenger seats, separate bike garage, rear USB chargers, table and ample storage our Bike Bus takes the stress and strain out of travelling to the start of our rides. Simply let us know you need a lift and we will do our best to organise collection and drop off for you and your bike.

Riders Comments

Maddie, Goring-by-Sea

Awesome day today. I was a little concerned when I book, but after an hour of training, on gears and chains, together with seat adjustment, we were ready to set off. I surprised myself with what I was able to do. Although, I am not saying it was easy and at the end I got the hang of low gears and up hills. I even managed some single track. Thank you so much for such an amazing ride out, thanks Marmalade MTB, I look forward to the next trip out.

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