Improvers Mountain Bike Course

Two day Mountain Bike wilderness skills course in the Peak District


So you're ready to strike out alone? This mountain bike progression course pairs up what you know on the bike with what you don't know on the mountain, taking you a step beyond 'trail centre' riding. It's ideal for those who already ride but want the skills and confidence to take on bigger adventures further afield.

Improvers Mountain Bike Course

Location : Peak District

Duration : 2 Days

Ratio : 1:4

Minimum age : 18

What's Included :
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Free Parking
  • 5% discount on equipment in our shop

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  • Experience some of the best mountain biking trails in the country
  • Expert tuition on improving trail techniques and gaining confidence
  • Bike hire available

Course Overview

As well as progressing your riding technique to deal confidently with the unpredictable, natural features that real mountain terrain can throw at you, we'll also give you the skills needed to introduce a wilderness element into your mountain bike adventures. Our highly experienced instructors will pass on essential advanced skills in both mountain navigation and mountain safety whilst giving you expert advice on appropriate clothing, equipment and nutrition to keep you safe and give you the confidence to tackle more remote adventures.

The Peak District has some of the best and most iconic 'natural' mountain biking in the country with a range of terrain from gentle flowy tracks to rugged and remote trails. With the help and guidance of our knowledgeable local instructors we'll get you riding the right trails in the right conditions to progress your riding whilst ensuring you have a fantastic couple of days out in the hills.

Bike hire is available, however this must be prebooked with our neighbour, The Bike Garage. Upon booking, you will have the option to add bike hire to the order (£30 per day to be paid directly to the Bike Garage). The add-on product shows up as £0, however this just enables the system to forward your details on to the bike shop to get you booked in. They will contact you shortly after booking to confirm.

We run this course on demand on a date to suit you for groups of between 1 and 6 participants per instructor. Pricing depends on group size and your aspirations, please contact us for a quote and full details.

Course Outcomes

  • Recap on what you know
  • Bike set-up: riding position for more advanced trails
  • 2 x Guided off-road rides: suited to the trail conditions and group’s abilities
  • Core skills: body position, bike handling, line choice
  • Advanced trail skills: manual and assisted front and rear wheel lifts
  • Steep ground skills: Braking, body position, cornering
  • Key mountain skills: navigation, nutrition and safety equipment
  • Emergency procedures
  • Taking things forward: where to ride, bike and kit choice

Course Information



9:30 - 16:30


Your instructor will welcome you and outline the objectives for the course over a great cup of Italian coffee or tea whilst ensuring everyone has a suitable bike and kit (hire is available at an additional fee). There'll be a brief introductory session looking at bike set-up and riding safety.


We will head out onto our local trails which will be chosen on the basis of weather conditions, along with the experience and ambitions of the group. We will either strike out from our centre or drive around 15 minutes to an alternative start point.


Once on the trails, expect to cover 20+km during the day. We'll begin by looking at core skills of body position and weight shifting in a variety of terrains whilst climbing, descending and cornering; even experienced riders can always learn from improving on the basics of movement on the bike. Your instructor will choose appropriate sections of trail to 'session', allowing you to experiment with different line choices, sight lines and feel the benefit of improved technique with multiple attempts at certain trail obstacles, using video coaching to demonstrate improvements in technique. We'll then put it all into practice by tackling some classic Peak District singletrack.


At the end of the day we'll return to The Adventure Hub for refreshments and to review the day's key points.


9:30 - 16:30


On day two we'll begin by looking at how to plan your route in the mountains, taking into account natural features, trail conditions and weather. Then, with an advanced skills session we'll take your riding a step further, introducing techniques for handling bigger natural obstacles, such as manual and assisted front and rear wheel lifts, drop-offs and techniques for handling steeper terrain and tighter cornering. We'll then take all this out on the trail, again covering 20+km on remote and challenging terrain whilst focusing on route planning and confident mountain navigation techniques.


At the end of the day we'll return to The Adventure Hub for refreshments and to review the weekend's key points and your progression targets for the future.

  • You will need a hardtail or full suspension mountain bike in good working order (these can be hired from 'The Bike Garage' next door to our base for £30 - inc. helmet)
  • Helmet
  • Clothing suited to the weather (waterproofs, warm tops, gloves, etc)
  • Comfortable footwear for riding in
  • A good supply of snacks and a drink
  • Sun cream, and sunglasses (you just never know!)
  • If you have any of your own kit bring it along and we will help you use it appropriately

Some previous mountain biking experience is required, you should be comfortable with riding 20+km off road. A well serviced and suitable mountain bike is necessary (hire available).

  • As a Certified B Corp, we’re one of a growing number of global businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance.
  • Our well-equipped training centre, The Adventure Hub, is Carbon Neutral.
  • We encourage car sharing wherever feasible.
  • We encourage the use of public transport on all our courses. Bamford Railway Station is 5 minutes' walk and we enjoy direct bus connections to Sheffield and nearby villages.
  • We offer free camping kit for guests staying locally and looking to cut down on luggage.
  • Our staff are trained to prolong the life of equipment used on this course, where it is possible to recycle equipment at the end of its life, we do so appropriately.
  • We operate in small teams at low ratios to reduce our impact on the venues we use and other countryside users.
  • We donate 5% of the value of all sales to The Pure Outdoor Foundation.

  • The physical and mental benefits of outdoor activities are numerous and well documented, we firmly believe that those benefits should be available to as many people as possible.

  • If you are interested in experiencing any of our activities but feel unable to do so then please contact us to discuss your specific needs, we will always try to find a solution that works for you.

  • There are a range of simple adaptions we can make to our scheduled courses such as choosing venues with minimal walking or easy access to toilet facilities, providing cold storage facilities for temperature sensitive medications, allowing additional time or arranging for participants to be accompanied by a trusted aide.

  • When participation as part of an open group isn't appropriate we can arrange private tuition. This allows for a more tailored approach and a much wider range of adaptions such as assisted climbing and abseiling techniques for participants with significant physical or mobility issues.

  • If private tuition is unaffordable then we can sometimes offer subsidised places to bring the price back in line with our scheduled courses .These are provided by the Pure Outdoor Foundation whose goal is to bring as many people as possible into the outdoors, please enquire about availability.

  • Clear communication before the activity is crucial so, as well as telephone and email conversations, we can also arrange to meet participants directly at a venue days or weeks beforehand to identify any specific barriers and begin addressing any anxieties.


Start time: 09:30 - Finish time: 00:00. Please note, these times are approximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when booking public transport.

Anyone aged 13 or over can attend any of our scheduled courses with the exception of Mountain Biking and Winter Skills where the minimum age is 18 unless accompanied by a parent.

We hold an AALA license and are able to take out children who are younger than 13, however we only offer this on a private guided basis. See our private guiding rates, as this can work out very competitive, especially when booking as a family. There is no maximum age, if you feel young enough to attend then you are very welcome!

For our mountain biking courses, we give participants the option to bringing their own bike or hiring one. If you aren't sure about the suitability of you bike, please call us to discuss. Any modern and well serviced hardtail or full suspension bike should be suitable. 

Bike hire is in addition to the course fee and costs £30 for a full day or £25 for a half day.
Yes of course, you are welcome to leave anything (luggage) at the training centre during your course with us.
We are exceptionally lucky to be located a 5 minute walk from Bamford Train Station on the railway line that links Sheffield to Manchester. This also means we are very easy to get to from London.

We have noticed that the first connecting train from London is often around 09:36am, and courses often start at 09:30am, if you let us know that you are coming in on the train, we will happily delay the course start to suit.

We try to stick to our published course finish times but occasionally conditions on the day mean we overrun slightly. If you are travelling home by train please ensure that you have left sufficient time after the course end time and inform your instructor on the day of your travel plans.
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