South Downs Explorers MTB Series

This spring and summer join Marmalade MTB in exploring and discovering the South Downs National Park from the saddle of your mountain bike. Kicking off in May the series of sociable monthly guided rides will deliver the best mountain biking across the South Downs. Check out the rides below.

#1 Birling-Gap Bash

The South Downs Explorers series kicks-offs with rolling trails towards cliff top sea views, undulating climbs before endless descents and weaving woodland singletrack. Starting at the far eastern end of the national park with this cracking ride is the perfect introduction to mountain biking on the South Downs.

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#2 Tour de Rings

Round two of our South Downs guided MTB rides starts river side in Shoreham By-Sea before taking the gradual climb up past the exclusive Lancing College, that proudly boasts the very impressive and largest school chapel in the world. From here we take in rolling sweet South Downs bridleways and singletrack as we circumnavigate two Iron-Age hill forts with sweeping 360° vistas. There's an option for a quintessentail Sussex village lunch stop, before finishing the ride.

#3 Findon Flyer

Starting with a conveyor tour, west along the South Downs Way from Findon Valley, before dropping into the delightful woodlands of the Angmering Estate on a mixture of bridleways and ridgeline trails. Completing the first part of the loose figure of eight soons delivers a long fast trail, south on open chalkland and down through a forested chute. One last valley-side climb, brings us the perfect end to this mountain bike ride with the long twisting descent back to the meet point.

#4 Slindon Shred

The penultimate mountain bike ride of this series, is all about exploring the ancient downland and woodland trails of the Slindon estate and beyond. We will climb to see epic sea views before rattling down Roman roads and enjoying the quintessential Sussex country-side and the customary pub lunch.


#5 Goodwood2

Wrapping up our summer series of South Downs guided rides, we mesh together what this national park does best. With the Goodwood Estate at the heart of the route, this really is cross-country mountain biking at its best. This part of the South Downs serves up challenging long climbs and flat out descents with the usual epic views as we explore Kingley Vale and the open downland from Cocking.


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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. If you need a lift to any of the rides above, then please let us know and we can organise a central meet point. Check out the pictures of our Bike Bus.


Riders Comments

Nick Cochrane, Brighton

Thanks Sean! I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and learnt more about bikes in 2 hours than I have in the last 20 years!

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