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Whether you are a Mountain Biker or Gravel rider, looking to gain valuable navigation skills to explore the countryside and wild countries, or you are an MTB Leader wishing to refresh your skills for some essential CPD or develop your MTB Navigation skills for an MTB Leadership assessment; then this course is ideal for you.

The course covers:-

Planning routes, prior to the ride:-

Navigation skills, out on the ride:-

NB. The ride will be approximately 20km on Forest and Wild Country trails.

What you will need for the course?

You will need a serviceable Mountain Bike or Gravel Bike; please see our equipment list to be self sufficient for the ride, including lunch, snacks and drinks. A small notebook and pencil would be useful to make notes while you are out on the ride. We provide a compass and examples of the different maps, plus a printed map of the area for the ride; if you wish to bring your own Ordnance Survey map, please feel free.

This one day course is ideal for riders who want to get out and explore, and want to build their skills and confidence in navigating; it also covers all areas of navigation for the FunMTB, Level 2 (& TCL) and level 3 (& MBL) MTB Leadership awards.

Essential Information


£90.00 per person

Course Duration

9.00am to 4.00pm

Course Dates

For Courses dates please see below, or click here





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

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.

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)

This course is ideal for Mountain Bike and Gravel Bike Riders and MTB Leaders.

This course covers the essential navigation techniques to the countryside and wild country.

It is also ideal for aspirant MTB Leaders and Leaders looking for some CPD; please see “Notes for MTB Leaders”

Notes for MTB Leaders

Cycle4adventure offer CPD opportunities for Mountain Bike Leaders (including: British Cycling (UK-MBLS), MBLA and SMBLA) wishing to keep up to date with current National Governing Body guidelines; as well as refresher courses for qualified and trained MTB Leaders.

NB. British, Scottish and Welsh Cycling continue to recognise the MBLA Trail Cycle Leader and Mountain Bike Leader and have updated their Health and Safety guidelines to include the TCL & MBL awards.

NB. Any MTB Leader wishing to use the British Cycling insurance MUST comply with the latest Health & Safety guidelines.  click here  to view the guidelines.