- Fun singletrack perfect for everyone to enjoy
- Fantastic views across Ullswater to the majestic Helvellyn
- Rock gardens, great descents and a riverside lunch
- Biking along the old Roman road
- Historic stone circles as route markers
- Admire the imposing ruins of Lowther Castle
The riding on this trip was exceptional. All the guides were brilliant, so many fascinating stories during the ride about local history. Thank you for an unforgettable weekend!
Following your arrival at the weekend accommodation, you will be shown where you can store your bike (if bringing your own for the weekend) and to your room. Most people tend to arrive early evening, but if you do wish to arrive earlier in the day and get in a few extra miles on your own, then do let us know.
In the evening we will be meeting as a group in a local pub, where over a drink and something to eat there will be an informal chat about the events of the weekend. For our weekends we use a selection of quality B&Bs and small guesthouses / hotels, which provide us with a great base for these weekends and offer a warm welcome after a day in the saddle.
Tonight is a good opportunity to get to know our MIAS (Mountain Bike Instructors Award Scheme) qualified guides who represent Skedaddle’s enthusiastic and friendly attitude to mountain biking as well as the other bikers on your weekend.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 850 Metres
After a good breakfast at your accommodation, the guides will discuss the route we will be taking and the trail options available today. Following this and having assessed the weather conditions we can then tailor today’s route accordingly; this is made easier by the fact that our routes are often in our guide’s local area where they ride regularly.
The day’s biking will commence at around 10:00 led by a minimum of two Skedaddle guides in order to be able to fully support the mix of abilities within the weekends grading. The group will be met at various points around the route by our support vehicle for snacks and hot or cold drinks depending on the conditions, with lunch served mid-way through the route. Our lunches are buffet style picnics, with a selection of local produce put together by our guides (often their pride and joy!). We can easily cater for vegetarians and other dietary conditions.
Following lunch the route will continue, returning to the accommodation mid to late afternoon. The evening meal will be taken either at a local pub or restaurant. As many of our guides help out on several weekends / holidays this is a good opportunity for those who fancy heading further afield on their bike to get an accurate picture of the trips from someone who has been there and ridden the routes.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 850 Metres
After another hearty breakfast to set you up for a day on your bike, we will discuss the possible routes for the day based on our experiences yesterday. The guides will go through the highlights you can expect during the day pointing out areas with particularly good scenery as well as sections of outstanding riding.
This is supplemented throughout the day as we discuss the route ahead of us. We aim to be on the trail by around 10:00 again led by members of the Skedaddle team. As with yesterday, the group is met at various points around the route by our support vehicle with a selection of tasty treats, with lunch served mid way through the route.
Following lunch it is back on the bikes, returning to the start point of the ride mid afternoon. Once back, it’s time for a final snack and drink, before taking a shower and heading home, with a few miles in the legs and good memories in the head.
The Ullswater weekend offers you a range of riding over different types of terrain. As well as short sections of quiet roads and dual track bridleways, you’ll ride over rocky tracks, take on steeper descents, rewarding ascents, exciting stream crossings and singletrack traverses, all within the capabilities of those with limited experience of off-road riding or for those just wanting a great fun weekend!
Mountain Biking Grade
Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays
20-35 miles / 30-55 kms per day
Off-road routes with occasional difficult and technical sections over undulating terrain requiring good general fitness
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
Holidays that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays. A day on the bike would see you exploring bridleways, dirt roads and grassy trails. You‘re fairly new to mountain biking or perhaps looking to gain experience on rough offroad trails. If you have all day available and you can cover up to 30 miles. If this sounds like you then you might enjoy our grade 2-3 trips.
As a novice I was very nervous, but the guides immediately put me at ease and encouraged me all the way. They were always on hand to give us tips on how to make our cycling better!
Dates & Prices
Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.
A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms)
B) Meals as itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Full support service including a guide qualified in First Aid and a back up vehicle carrying spares, snacks and extra equipment not needed on your bike
D) GPX files available upon request
E) Scheduled train station transfers on arrival and departure days
What's not Included
A) Personal clothing and equipment
B) Travel insurance
C) Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.
D) Bike & helmet hire (available if required)
E) Travel or flight costs and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
F) Single room option (may be available if required)
G) Entrance fees to cultural or historical sites and visitor centres
H) Other optional activities
The Giant Talon was a sturdy hire bike, I was quite impressed by the quality of the bike. The gears were spot on and it was a pleasure to ride. All the guides were easy to get along with and provided different levels of support for everyone on the trip. Their support with food and drinks was excellent and the selection of food was great! Steve was such a friendly guide who also had a great sense of humour and was accommodating for everyone on the ride.
I found you could truly relax and not have to think about anything other than your ride as everything from breakfast to afternoon tea was provided.
Nicole, BrightonSteve was amazing...
He was so helpful, encouraging and made even the “cheeky” climbs fun(ish)! I struggled with some of the cycling but he could not have been more helpful. I would definitely recommend a Skedaddle holiday. As a novice I was very nervous, but the guides immediately put me at ease and encouraged me all the way. They were always on hand to give us tips on how to make our cycling better.
Mary, NottinghamA very enjoyable weekend...
It was so nice not to have to think about where to go but just know that we would be following some great trails with fantastic scenery. Skedaddle team were excellent – very knowledgeable and helpful!
Peter, WalesThis trip could not have been better...
The riding on this trip was exceptional. Fantastic views and great climbs. All the guides were brilliant. Steve was an amazing leader and he told us so many fascinating stories during the ride about local history. They were just great people to go riding with and an absolute credit to Skedaddle. Thank you for an unforgettable weekend!
Ben, SouthamptonBoth days were excellent!
Two days of fantastic riding. Not too easy that I felt I hadn’t achieved anything, but not too difficult that I wasn’t thoroughly enjoying myself the whole time. Awesome rides, super instructors, beautiful scenery, great camaraderie – even the weather turned out nice. Both days were excellent.
Steve was super. Great local knowledge, lots of interesting stories. Judged perfectly how hard to push us. Plus I will forever more think of monstrously steep climbs as a little bit “cheeky“.
Clare, West MidlandsGreat couple of days!
The weather was glorious and I felt more confident as the trip went on. Both days were great!
Excellent venue that understood and met cycling needs, secure store, bike wash and parking. Award winning porridge! Excellent range and quality of food, snacks and refreshments to meet everyone’s requirements along the way. The routes selected were correct for the ability of the group and met expectation for the area. Good advice on terrain, hazards, technique, weather and necessary clothing equipment!