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).

Example of course itinerary
About the bike and equipment
Use of gears
Basic skills (balance and control)
Riding on hills (gentle climbing and descending and efficient braking)
Skills course
Bike ride
Question and answer session
Review and close

Equipment List
Waterproof jacket
Warm clothing
Drink for during ride (non fizzy and must be carried)
Small rucsac
MedicationFood and drink for whole day

Essential Information


1:1 £100 half day

Private Hire (up to 8 people) £125 half day or £200 full day

Open Courses (max of 8 on a course) £45 Half day

Specials (Oct to Dec 2021)

Morning or afternoon  

3 hour sessions:-

1:1 adult £75.00

(£205.00 for 3 sessions)

Two riders £95.00

(£260.00 for 3 sessions)

3 to 5 riders £110.00

(£300.00 for 3 sessions)

Please note: the 3 sessions must be booked and paid for together.

Course Dates

See our Calendar for open courses or Contact us to discuss your individual requirements and private hire options.