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Lake District - Ullswater

Guided Mountain Bike Weekend




3 days

Prices from

£395 P.P.
United Kingdom

Lake District - Ullswater

Guided Mountain Bike Weekend




3 days

Prices from

£395 P.P.
This mountain biking weekend is based in Penrith in the Northern part of the dramatically beautiful Lake District.
The Lakes is very much the ‘backyard’ of many of our guides who over two days of great biking will show you some of their favourite routes and secret trails.
Graded at 2-3 the weekend is suited to those with limited off-road riding experience or for those just wanting a great weekend with like-minded riders away from their usual trails. During the rides you’ll experience a huge variety of off road riding (all at a manageable level) that includes rocky tracks, tricky descents, rewarding climbs, exciting stream crossings and fun singletrack traverses.
Each day’s route is ‘circular’ starting and finishing at your accommodation to maximise time on the bike and you’ll also have the security of our support vehicle each day which will meet you at various times and have aboard snacks, drinks and the all-important lunch. You’ll also be able to hop-aboard if you’ve run out of steam.
Highlights include the descent to Howtown with its superb views down to Ullswater (The Lake District’s second largest lake),  the beautiful Martindale Valley and the open scenery of the Askham and Barton fells. We’ll also immerse ourselves in the rich history of this area with the rides taking in the Lowther Estate - the home of the Yellow Earl, Norman Castles, Roman Forts and medieval manor houses.
Evening meals are taken together at one of the great local pubs or restaurants and with the area famous for its local ales for those looking to sample some of the tastiest around you’ll not be disappointed.
If you are a group and like the sound of the weekend, but our set departures just don’t fit we’ll be happy to put on a weekend just for you.

Holiday Highlights

  • 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

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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!

Peter, Wales


Day 1
Friday Evening - Arrival
Non Cycling Day

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.

Day 2
Saturday : Askham - Howtown - Ullswater
25 Miles / 40 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Heading out straight from the accommodation and Penrith we soon pass-by the Norman Castle of Brougham situated next to Brocavum Roman Fort and overlooks the River Eamont. From here we are soon winding our way to the fells and on route pass-by the historic Brougham Hall, which was sold by the 4th Lord Brougham (the man who broke to bank at Monte Carlo!) to pay off gambling debts.

The lovely hamlet of Helton is next before a cheeky Skedaddle climb takes us up to the open moorland of Askham Fell. From here the views down to Ullswater below and across to Helvellyn, Skiddaw and Saddleback are superb. With some descent ascents now behind us we head down to the lovely Martindale Valley. Whilst tricky in places the descent offers a speedy descent to more experienced riders whilst others can take their time and yet still enjoy the trail as they hone their skills.

A road section then leads us alongside Ullswater from Howtown to Pooley Bridge. One more steep section over Heugh Scar follows and we are soon back at Askham. From here we wind head back to Penrith where the ride concludes.

Washed and brushed up our evening meal is taken at a local pub that is situated a short stroll away from the accommodation.

Day 3
Sunday - Lowther Estate - Barton Fell
23 Miles / 37 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Heading out from Penrith once more today’s route sees us initially heading through the beautiful and historic grounds of the Lonsdale Family and through the Lowther Estate, home of the Yellow Earl, Hugh Lowther (the 5th Earl of Lonsdale) – a colourful character in more ways than one, whose love of yellow was replicated in the cars he owned and the uniforms for his servants.

A few miles of winding lakeland trails follow before we reach the Cockpit Stone Circle. This Bronze Age site marked the crossroads of two trading routes; one from the stone circles of Long Meg and her Daughters and the other to Castlerigg. It’s from here that we have a somewhat technical climb up onto Barton Fell. The exertions though are well worth it as we are afforded with superb 360 degree views of the Pennines and the Lake District.

Our return leg from then takes in the village of Helton once more and from here it’s very much an undulating route back to Penrith, as we weave our way along quiet country lanes and well surfaced off road tracks back to our accommodation.

Here you’ll be able to change and take a shower before departing. For those heading home by train we’ll drop you off at Penrith station for your scheduled return journey.

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The Cycling


The Ullswater mountain biking 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

Grade 2 - 3: Gentle/ Moderate

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.

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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!

Nicole, Brighton

Dates & Prices


Late Availability

We want you to know which holidays are coming up soon, so you don’t miss out! If a trip has this symbol beside it, it means you don’t have long to snap up your place.

Private Departures

Private Departures

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.

Start Date
End Date
Price p.p.
Start Date
* 30/09/2022
Return Date
3 days

Whats Included Tick

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 Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Train tickets and charges for travelling with your bike

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, etc.)

H) Transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

If travelling by car your destination is Penrith where you will be able to leave your car at or near the accommodation for the duration of the weekend.

If travelling by train we ask that you arrive and depart from Penrith train station.

Please contact us for more detailed information on the specific schedules that we recommend for your specific weekend and please check with us before booking your travel to ensure it fits with the weekend schedule.


For this UK Mountain Biking weekend we use a great friendly guesthouse in the centre of Penrith. For those travelling with their own bike this may be securely stored here.

This weekend is operated on a twin-share basis although single rooms are available to book for a supplement, subject to availability. Please request this option at the time of booking.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to rent. These bikes are Giant Talon 27.5 featuring front suspension, disc brakes and quality components.

We also have full suspension bikes available to rent. These are Giant Trance X2 27.5 full suspension XC/trail bikes with 140mm travel Fox forks and dropper seatposts.

If you decide to rent we can include a helmet (though always nicer to bring your own!) and all necessary spares for the trip. Please request helmets before your trip.

Should you choose to rent you are welcome to bring your own saddle with you, and if you use clip-in pedals / SPDs you will need to bring these along.

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