Home > Mountain Biking > Mountain Biking Holidays

Mountain Biking Holidays

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 10 Jan 2013 | comments*Discuss
 
Bike Mountain Biking Mountain Biking

Booking yourself on an organised mountain biking holiday is an ideal way to take part in mountain biking while getting away from it all on a break. An organised trip also avoids the need to choose and plan your own route, which can be challenging if you are not familiar with the area that you are staying in. Mountain biking holidays range from weekend breaks to much longer trips. Unlike other types of holiday, they are not This article offers advice on taking mountain biking holidays in the UK.

What is Involved?

As you might expect, mountain biking holidays involve lots of cycling. Because of this, some mountain biking holidays are best suited to mountain bike enthusiasts, as beginners may find the going a little too tough. There are mountain biking holidays that are suitable for novice riders too though, so it's worth looking around to see which companies are offering these.

In most cases, you will be taken out in groups (depending on how many people have signed up for that particular holiday) and supervised by a trained instructor. If the numbers are low, it may even be a one-on-one trip, but group trips tend to be the norm. Unlike road cycling, it mostly takes place off-road on much more challenging rough terrain. Generally, you will be cycling on all or most days of the holiday, although this will vary from holiday to holiday. Accommodation is often included as part of the holiday package, although this will not always be the case.

Where Can you Go?

For mountain biking holidays in the UK, the Lake District is a popular destination due to its abundance of rocky and hilly areas. The Lake District came out on top in a poll in 'What Mountain Bike' magazine, whose readers voted it the best UK destination for mountain biking. You usually won't have to bike through mud, which makes it a good place for climbing and drop offs. Many holiday companies that specialise in cycling holidays organise trips there.

Another popular destination for mountain biking is the Pennines. This is another area full of challenging hills.

If you prefer to bike over open moorland and through forests and mountains, the Scottish mountains of Cairngorm are a perfect mountain biking destination.

There a wide range of different locations across the UK for mountain biking holidays though, so you are not restricted to just a few places.

How Much Does it Cost?

Mountain bike holidays are not particularly cheap. The average price is around £600 per trip, although it may cost more or less in certain cases.

Do I Need to Take my Own Mountain Bike and Equipment?

In most cases, you will be able to hire a mountain bike (either of the hardtail or full suspension variety) to use on the holiday. This will usually be for an additional fee, and is not always included as part of the holiday package. Many riders prefer to take their own mountain bike and equipment though, as they feel more comfortable doing so.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • Mr. S
    Re: Shooting Rules and Regulations
    I have a neibour who thinks it’s ok to use a shotgun at 9.30 am on a Sunday within 50mts of my house, time the law was changed !
    24 November 2019
  • Nippy
    Re: Shooting Seasons
    Hi i live on a estate in the country side, they have many shoots going on and shot keeps coming down on us while ion the garden ,is there anything…
    13 September 2019
  • prof.LC
    Re: Types of Riding
    There are many styles of riding including english and western however my absolute definite favourite is bearback this is a style where you ride…
    2 June 2019
  • prof.LC
    Re: Types of Riding
    Horse riding is a great sport or/and fun activity for pretty much any age.
    2 June 2019
  • help
    Re: Arguments Against Hunting
    I ran over a fox in my 2002 Nissan on the way to the church so then I picked it up and give it to my cussion robbet he took it back to…
    21 May 2019
  • i am stuck in the ge
    Re: Arguments Against Hunting
    help me to decied what gender I am plz because I don't know if I am male or female
    21 May 2019
  • MrC
    Re: Shooting Rules and Regulations
    It's pretty obvious from these comments and my own experience that the law regarding shooting in the countryside needs updating.…
    7 May 2019
  • mr happy
    Re: Arguments For Hunting
    i will find all you fox hunting stuck up pricks
    29 April 2019
  • Nana
    Re: Shooting Seasons
    Is it illegal to shoot on a Sunday in scotland?
    11 November 2018
  • Jackass
    Re: Arguments For Hunting
    I’ve lived in a city all my life but I support the hunters simply because the saboteurs are such as self righteous bunch of virtue…
    10 October 2018