Beginner Mountain Biking Course

Two day Mountain Biking core skills course in the Peak District


Embarking into the world of Mountain Biking can seem daunting. Where do I go? What bike should I ride? How do I do it safely? On this fun and action-packed two day course we'll give you all the tools you need to begin Mountain Biking and then progress your skills onto the next level.

Beginner Mountain Biking Course

Price : £159.00 per person

Location : Peak District

Duration : 2 Days

Ratio : 1:6

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 to improve trail technique and gain confidence
  • Bike hire available

Course Overview

Our two day Beginner Mountain Biking course covers the core trail skills and is ideal for either complete beginners or for those wanting to progress their mountain bike experience from moderate off-road tracks to more technical intermediate trails. Our experienced guides and instructors will cover the fundamental trail riding skills of body position, footwork, bike control, line choice and cornering to get you tackling natural trail features both confidently and safely. We'll also cover the basics of bike set-up, maintenance and safety to insure you have the right knowledge to head out and further progress by yourself.

The Peak District has some of the best and most iconic 'natural' mountain biking in the country with a range 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 two days out in the hills.

By spending two consecutive days on the trails you will have the time to really start to hone your skills while we continue to introduce you to everything you will need to know as you plan your future adventures. Expect to spend time on front and rear wheel lifts before trying out your new found abilities on a different and challenging route.

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.

Course Outcomes

  • Bike set-up: riding position and safety check
  • 2 x Guided off-road rides: suited to the group’s abilities
  • Expert trail skills tuition: Body position, bike handling, line choice
  • Consolidate skills in a controlled environment
  • Track stands: controlling the bike and why they’re useful
  • Manual and power assisted front and rear wheel lifts and how to apply
  • 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. After ensuring everyone has a suitable bike and kit (bike and helmet hire can be arranged for an additional fee) there will be a brief introductory session looking at bike set-up, brake use 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 approximately 15-20km during the day. We'll begin by looking at body position and weight shifting in a variety of terrains whilst climbing, descending and cornering; discovering that freedom of movement on the bike is key to good technique. 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. 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 over a brew.




Day two will begin by reviewing and consolidating the skills we learnt on day one with a flat ground skills session; a great opportunity to really hone your technique and body position in a controlled environment. We'll then look at the natural progression of weight shifting skills into track stands, front and rear wheel lifts and why they're useful for overcoming trail features. We'll then take these techniques out on the trails to explore a different part of the Peak District. Over the course there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss with your instructor ways in which you can continue to discover mountain biking for yourself; where to ride, how to find routes and what equipment and bikes are suitable.


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

  • A well serviced and suitable mountain bike is required (bike hire including helmet is available)
  • 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

All abilities welcome, some general cycling experience necessary.

  • Where possible we encourage car sharing as part of this course.
  • Our training centre, The Adventure Hub is Carbon Neutral
  • Staff are trained to prolong the life of equipment used on this course, where it is possible to recycle equipment at the end of it's life, we do so appropriately
  • We operate in small teams to reduce our impact on the local area and stakeholders of the venues we use
  • We donate the value of 5% of all sales to The Pure Outdoor Foundation
  • We're only a 5 minute walk from Bamford station and encourage the use of public transport and provide free camping kit for anyone looking at camping locally and looking to cut down on luggage


Start time: 09:30 - Finish time: 16:30. 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.

View dates & book now

Our instructors can be booked privately to deliver this course. Benefit from private tuition, pick a date that suits you and your instructor can design the day to suit your needs. You can hire one of our instructors from just £199 per day. Click here to book a private course.