Explorers Connect

Powering the Adventure Revolution

Mountain Bike Skills Course
Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd April, 2018

Sorry, this adventure is now fully booked but you can still add yourself to the waiting list and be automatically notified if a place becomes available. Or if you like the idea of spending some time in the Peak District but not into mountain biking, have a look at our Peaks and Moors Spring Hiking Weekend running alongside this event.

Gear up and accelerate your abilities with our two-day skills-focused course on some of the most iconic trails in the Peak District - by the end of this weekend you'll be able to ride more safely and confidently on off-road routes and get the knowhow to start exploring on your own adventures!


If you've been to the Peak District walking or riding before you'll know there's a lot to take in - from exposed moorland to green lanes and bridleways. You can get a challenging workout or make the most of an easier route with chances to stop and take in the gorgeous scenery. There is something for all outdoor-lovers here, and it's no different for mountain bike riders!

You might have owned a mountain bike for years and your skills might be a bit rusty, or you might be worried about riding safely or less confident picking suitable routes, or you might not have ever ridden a mountain bike before and are just curious on how to get started (however we've assumed you already know how to ride a bike!). Whatever your ability level, everyone is welcome, and this course will help you overcome all your uncertainties and open your eyes to a new world of possibilities... From initial bike set-up and using your gears to the best advantage to picking your way uphill and downhill across various types of terrain, by the end of this weekend you'll have all the skills you need and an increased appetite for your own mountain biking adventures!

The course will be delivered over two full days by locally-based, accredited and experienced Mountain Bike Instructors. We'll be in a small group of 8 with one instructor - the small ratio means you'll have plenty of opportunity for personalised advice and the chance to get some one-on-one skills tuition throughout the weekend. You're more than welcome to bring your own bike or you can hire a bike, helmet and repair kit all from us!

EC adventures are informal, friendly and great fun! They're made up of singles, couples and small sets of friends with ages typically ranging from mid 20s to mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old and young at heart is welcome. Whether it's your first time exploring the outdoors or you're an adventure professional, EC adventures are a great way to meet like-minded people in a safe, welcoming and fun environment.


  • How to set up your bike and find the right fit for you
  • Awareness and coaching on your body position
  • How to select the right gear
  • How to use your brakes effectively
  • Developing climbing skills and techniques
  • Descending and dealing with falls
  • How to pick a line and navigate your bike through different terrains
  • Introduction to technical sections


You'll be sharing our accommodation with the 8 participants on the EC Peaks and Moors Spring Hiking Weekend, the lovely John Hunt Base at Hagg Farm, situated between Ladybower and Glossop in the High Peak. It's ideally situated for hillwalking, mountain and road biking, trail running, photography and sightseeing. There is a lounge/dining room with TV/DVD, well equipped kitchen, and recently refurbished showers and toilets. Sleeping accommodation consists of bunk style and single beds split between 4 bedrooms. Duvet, sheets and pillows are provided so you'll just need to bring a towel.

In the grounds are a picnic area, wildlife garden with large fire pit and a playing field with climbing boulder. We've got the fire pit to ourselves on Saturday night so bring some marshmallows!


  • 2 nights' accommodation on the John Hunt Base in Hagg Farm with free bike storage on site
  • 2 breakfasts and a home-cooked dinner at our accommodation
  • 2 days fully guided mountain biking skills tuition by qualified and experienced instructors in small groups 
  • Discounted equipment hire over the weekend (£30 for a Hardtail mountain bike, helmet and repair kit - you can add this on when you book)
  • EC Host for the weekend


  • Discounted earlybird price for EC CLUB Members - £199 (if deposit is paid before 9 February 2018)
  • Discounted earlybird price for non EC CLUB Members - £214 (if deposit is paid before 9 February 2018)
  • Standard price for EC CLUB Members - £214
  • Standard price for non EC CLUB Members - £229

You'll need to pay a £75 deposit with the balance due six weeks before the course.

Spaces on this course are limited so book now to avoid disappointment!

JOIN EC CLUB TODAY! EC CLUB Members enjoy great discounts on our weekends as well as lots of other adventure related deals. You'll also get exclusive access to local events and trips only open to EC CLUB Members. Find out more ...


If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.