Riding somewhere for the first time can be challenging and possibly scary; take the stress out of riding somewhere new, and make the most of the time you have to explore by hiring one of our highly qualified and experienced Mountain Bike leaders to guide you on your MTB journey, whilst supporting you and dealing with anything that happens along the way.

We offer guided rides for all levels of Mountain Bikers. Whether you wish to explore the delights of a gentle cycle trail or the many disused railway tracks, or you are a competent Mountain Biking who wants to explore the mountains or experience the thrills of “Black” cycle trails.


Visiting Hamsterley Forest for the first time? We can take any guesswork out of your visit about what trails to ride, that are within your ability, without worrying about getting lost and we can give you coaching tips where required along the way, allowing you to get the most out of your visit.

Whether you are after a half day ride, a day trip, a weekend riding or longer, we can organise a ride to suit you; including Mountain Bike expeditions. We have a vast experience of working with individuals, families and groups of different abilities and disabilities. Our Guided Rides are tailored specifically to the needs of you, your family or your group.

We offer Private and Open Guided Rides:-

If you, or you and a friend or loved one, want to explore at a time, date and pace that suit you; then one of our Personal Private Guided Rides is for you. Maximum 2 riders, meaning a tailored ride and personal service from our MTB Leader, allowing you to get the maximum from your ride.

Families and Groups looking to explore the trails would benefit from the Group Private Guided Rides. With a maximum of 8 riders, our leaders will tailor the ride to your group. (Please contact us for discounted prices for longer term programmes and for larger groups)

Open Guided Rides are ideal for individuals to ride with like minded riders of a similar level of riding. Our Open Guided Rides vary in level; with different distances and technical difficulty; to offer riders of different abilities and fitness the chance to ride new and exciting routes. Please see our calendar and social media for dates and ride details.

For information on our popular Guided Rides, please see information below for details, distances and difficulty of these popular amazing rides. Click here

Gentle rides around the forest tracks and easy trails, with some gentle climbs and descents. We have frequent stops for Wellbeing and Bushcraft/Forest School activities along the way. A great way to get out a relax in an amazing location.

  • Distance - depending on abilities of riders
  • Height Climb - depending on abilities of riders
  • Graded - Easy
  • Suitable for - most people in good health
  • Bike - riding Mountain Bike or Hybrids
  • Duration - 3 to 6 hour available (inc stops)

Gentle rides on easy tracks, with some easy climbs and descents; can include frequent stops for Wellbeing activities and fuel along the way.

  • Distance - depending on abilities of riders
  • Height Climb - depending on abilities of riders
  • Graded - Easy
  • Suitable for - most people in good health
  • Bike - riding Mountain Bike or Hybrids
  • Duration - 3 to 6 hour available (inc stops)

Below are examples, but not an exhaustive list, of Guided Mountain Bike Rides and routes that we can offer; with pricing for Open Guided Rides. Rides are listed in a graded order Easy - Moderate - Difficult - Severe ; based on technical ability and effort (distance/height climb).

Essential Information


Open Guided Rides (max of 8 riders on a ride) £60.00 per person for a half day (up to 3 hour) ride or £100.00 per person for a full day ride (up to 6 hours)

Also available as 100% TAILORED private hire sessions for individuals, families and groups CLICK HERE for details

Guided Ride Dates

For Open Guided Rides please see below, or click here

For our 100% Tailored or Group Private rides please contact us to discuss dates and your individual requirements.

E-Mountain Bikes

We accept riders on eMTB’s as well as none powered MTB’s, on most of our MTB Courses, Camps and Guided Rides.

Please note eMTB riders must be at least 14 years old and eMTB’s must be UK & EU “Pedalec” legal. Riders of eMTB’s must also be respectful and tolerant to riders of  none  powered bikes (and vice-versa)

Bike Hire

We do not offer bike hire, but if you do not have a bike, we work closely with “Ride Hamsterley” who offer top quality bike hire for children and adults in Hamsterley Forest and, depending on availability, other venues. Please contact us if you require MTB hire







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