activities> peak district mountain bike courses > Improvers Mountain Bike Course
£189.00 per person

Location: Adventure Hub · Peak District

Duration: 2 Days

Ratio: 1:6

What you get:

  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Free Parking
  • 10% discount on equipment in our shop
Improvers Mountain Bike Course
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.

  • 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 learning the advanced trail skills that will help you progress your riding technique on 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, expert 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 on the mountain 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 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 day out in the hills.

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 (suitable bike and helmet hire is available). 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 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 2 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 focussing 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 and we will help you use it appropriately

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

Start time: 09:30 - Finish time:16:30. Please note, these times areapproximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when bookingpublic transport.
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.
Almost all courses begin and end at our base, The Adventure Hub, where you will have access to complimentary tea and coffee. 

We do not provide food as part of our courses and you will need to bring a packed lunch along for each day. There is a cafe on-site that can provide you with sandwiches, cakes and drinks. If you pre-book a lunch with them they will deliver it fresh to our offices first thing each morning. Taste Buds cafe can be reached directly on 01433 208008.

Bookings can be made online or over the phone. All of our courses can be booked in 3 ways:

a) Attend a scheduled course. 

These are open to the public to anyone that meets the pre-requisites. We often advertise many dates for each course, we generally always list 12 months of available dates. This is the most popular and often works out the most cost-effective way of attending our courses.

b) Add a date to our schedule. 

On some courses, we can add extra dates to our schedule, providing you are booking for a certain minimum number of participants, this could be as low as only 2 people. To give us plenty of time to assign staff to your course, you can only add a date to the schedule if it is more than 7 days in advance.

c) Make a private booking.

All of our courses can be booked privately, with a private instructor just for you or your group. This gives you the flexibility to book any date that suits you and also it means the instructor can fine-tune the course content to suit your aspirations. To make a private booking, you just need to fill out a booking request, we will then get back to you with availability and a price. 

d) Book our premium 'Private Booking Plus+' service.

All the benefits of the private booking service, with lots of additional extras including meet & greet at your hotel, luxury picnic hamper including Champagne, digital photo pack, flexible booking arrangements and a pre-activity consultancy to allow your first-class instructor extra time to design your special day. To make a private booking plus+ booking, you just need to fill our a booking request, we will then get back to you with availability and a price. 

Yes of course, you are welcome to leave anything (luggage) at the training centre during your course with us.
It is essential that you let us know about any medical condition or injury when booking and that you also let your instructor know on the starting day of your course. This information will remain completely confidential but is essential to allow us to tailor our activities to suit you and to ensure the safety of other group members.
Anyone aged 13 or over can attend any of our scheduled courses, either with or without an accompanying adult.
We do hold an AALA license and are able to take out younger children, 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!
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.
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.