For those who have never ventured offroad, are a bit rusty and would like a refresher, or if you just want a bit of confidence, this course is designed to lead you off the firm tracks onto forest style tracks and gentle single track.

Normally held in Hamsterley Forest, the course will introduce you to the essential skills required for off road riding, including: use of gears, balance, braking, climbing and descending, so you can discover the enjoyment of offroad biking safely.

The course also aims to inform you about mountain bikes and the equipment you may need to enjoy the sport (please see equipment list below, for equipment you will need for the course).

As with all our Skills Courses it is available as 1:1, Group Private Hire or you can join in one of the open courses we run.

Pre entry requirements
You will need to be happy riding your bike on hard surface routes (some gentle off road experience is beneficial but not a mandatory).

ourse may include:-

About the bike and equipment
Use of gears
Basic skills (balance and control)
Riding on hills (gentle climbing and descending and efficient braking)
Riding the Hamsterley Forest Skills Loop

Essential Information


Open Courses (max of 8 on a course) £60.00 per person for a 3 hour course.

For Private and Group courses, please visit our  100% Tailored page

Course Dates

For Open Courses and Camps please see below, or click here

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

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

E-Mountain Bikes

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


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)





Saturday 27th April 2024

9.00am to 12.00

Cycle4adventure at Hamsterley Forest , Co. Durham

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Need a different date? What to book a group? Private Hire 100% TAILORED available, please email

Please click the link for:   What to bring and essential equipment  ,  Risk & Consent statements  ,  Conditions of booking

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