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Lake District - Ullswater

Guided Mountain Bike Weekend

Grade

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5

Duration

3 days

Prices from

£305 P.P.
United Kingdom

Lake District - Ullswater

Guided Mountain Bike Weekend

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

3 days

Prices from

£305 P.P.
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On this adventure you’ll ride over rocky tracks, take on steep 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 weekend! Riding from our accommodation in Penrith, we take in the beauty of the Northern parts of the Lake District, passing castles and travelling through open fells. With stunning views of Blencathra and her neighbouring mountains, we sample a wide variety of off-road riding, all at a manageable level. This area is in the backyard of many of our guides and they will enjoy showing you around some of their favourite trails.
If you’ve found out how much fun you can have on a mountain bike on your local trails, then it’s time you headed to the ‘real’ outdoors and join us in a different part of the UK!
These fun weekends, are all fully guided by MIAS qualified biking guides and fully supported with a vehicle and driver too. With hearty breakfasts and lush lunches the order of the day, all you need to decide is what to have as your evening meal and which local ale you’ll be sampling.
Check our full range of wonderful mountain bike holidays in the UK. And of course, if our dates don't fit, we can put on your own special weekend if there are a group of you!
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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

Itinerary

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 Ride: Howtown - Ullswater
31 Miles / 50 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 3
Sunday Ride: Lowther Estate - Barton Fell
25 Miles / 40 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

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The Cycling

Terrain

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

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3
4
5
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

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
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
16/04/2021
Return Date
18/04/2021
Duration
3 days
Price
£305.00
Start Date
27/08/2021
Return Date
29/08/2021
Duration
3 days
Price
£305.00

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) 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

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The Essentials

Travel Options

If you decide to drive to the start point of your holiday we will provide you with full directions to the accommodation or meeting point. We will also be able to advise about parking arrangements / options for the duration of your holiday.

If you would prefer to catch the train or intend on flying, then please contact us directly to discuss the best options.

Please do not make any travel arrangements without prior consultation with the Skedaddle office.

Accommodation

In the UK we use small, good quality 3 or 4 star hotels, B&Bs, inns and small family-run hotels. Our trips are operated on a twin-share basis but single rooms can be provided, subject to availability, for a supplement if requested 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 hire. These bikes are Giant Talon models, very good mountain bikes featuring front suspension, disc brakes and quality components.

On higher grade holidays full-suspension bikes are available. These are Giant Trance models, great XC/trail bikes with 140mm travel.

If you do decide to hire we can include a helmet and all necessary spares for the trip. Please request helmets before your trip.

If you choose to rent a bike from us you are welcome to bring your own saddle with you, and if you would like to use clip in pedals you will need to bring these with you.

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