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Staveley Mountain Bike Skills Courses
The Lake District - England


Mountain bike skills courses - The Lake District



Course Facts

All courses now at “Trail Centre Staveley” in the south Lakes – as featured in What Mountain Bike magazine – and delivered in partnership with Wheelbase


Head for the amazing natural trails of The Lake District and take your skills to new levels with some professional tuition. These one-day or multi-day programmes offer superb rider development, from novice to mountain singletrack enthusiast, all from our trail centre at Staveley in the South Lakes (just 15 minutes from the M6 and 3 hours by train from London).

Course highlights: 

  • Courses designed by our experts
  • Small groups for good learning
  • Superb Lake District trails
  • Video coaching for on-course and internet reviews


Skills Course days and "Part 2" Coaching Ride days

We run all courses as one day stand alone courses, with focussed tuition and sessions on a whole range of skills. The following day is the "Part 2" coaching ride day, guided by an expert leader / coach who will give tips and shoot video feedback but all as part of a more flowing Lake District journey. It's the ideal way to consolidate all that you learned on day 1, a useful skills refresher, or a great stand-alone day if you prefer to mix more ride time into your tuition. On long weekends you can also combine two courses, if you feel ready for more rapid progression.


Basic Climbing
Technical Descending 


Get Started (Core Skills) Course (level 1) This course teaches you the right skills in the right way - ideal for complete novices or those who are currently riding easier trails and want to progress to intermediate level mountain biking terrain. You’ll learn about body position for riding on descents and technical climbs, how and when to control your speed, handle corners, pick lines, control direction and vision, and blaze through difficult terrain. The aim is to make you a confident and safe biker, equipped to hit the trails and have some fun.


Trail Skills Course (level 2) To progress as a mountain biker you need to flow through trails with balance, control and the ability to move yourself and your bike around with confidence. This is where our mountain bike trail skills course comes in – as you learn to manual the front wheel over rocks and roots on descents, wheelie over steps on climbs, and develop your endo, rear wheel lift and start to link these moves together in real trail situations. 

If you can stay on for the part 2 second day you’ll be taken on a ride that lets you practice all of this and more, as you complete a superb loop and return to view your progress on screen at Wheelbase (after grabbing coffee and cake at Wilf’s next door, of course!)


Mountain Skills Course (level 3) If you want to handle black graded trails and technical mountain routes with confidence, style and flow – this is the course for you. We look at all aspects of your riding as we tackle rocky descents, bunny hops, pumping for speed and control, advanced line choice, riding step ups and clearing extreme climbs. There are few places in the UK where you can challenge yourself like you can here, under the watchful eyes of some of the best coaches in the country. 

The part 2 ride out, if you sign up for it, will be a mountain epic to test you, thrill you and let you enjoy your new skills in real riding situations. As with the course on day 1, the ride will include some video taking so we can review your new skills at the end of the day, and post footage of your progress to our YouTube and Facebook pages.


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Private Tuition (any level)
Private coaching can have a huge impact on your biking in a very short space of time. We offer this service throughout the year to small groups and individuals who want to really focus in on their biking skills. Our instructors are the most highly qualified, experienced and widely respected you’ll find, and their focussed attention will bring impressive results in a very short space of time. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. direct to plan your private day, or visit thePrivate Tuition Page.

Our Lake District Trail Centre 

For 2014 we’ve teamed up with Wheelbase to run all courses from their store and cycle centre in Staveley, in the south Lake District. With free parking, bike wash, the famous Wilf’s Café next door and use of the shop video facilities for all of our coaching feedback, this is an ideal location for all of our mountain bike training needs.

The trails in this region are some of the best in The Lakes – the Kentmere Valley, Jenkins Crag, and the rocky descent rated as one of the top 3 in the UK – The Garburn Pass. There’s everything from easy trails for novices to flowing singletrack to rocky slabs and loose, technical challenges. Whether we’re running coaching sessions or heading out for rides, there’s a huge choice on the doorstep.









Price (per day):
£59.99 per person

Bike rental:
£25-£40 per day

1 day

The biking:
1 day, centre based
Fully guided
Fitness grades 1-4
Skill grades A-D
Course group size 3 - 8

(Trip grades explained)

What's included:
Full day of professional instruction
Pre-course information pack
Video feedback and online review

Dates:   2014

12th - Get Started Level 1
13th - Get Started (Part 2)
2nd - Mountain Skills Level 3
3rd - Mountain Skills (Part 2)
16th - Trail Skills Level 2
17th - Trail Skills (Part 2)
6th - Get Started Level 1
7th - Get Started (Part 2)
13th - Trail Skills Level 2
14th - Trail Skills (Part 2)
11th - Get Started Level 1
12th - Get Started (Part 2)
18th - Mountain Skills Level 3
19th - Mountain Skills (Part 2)
25th - Trail Skills Level 2
26th - Trail Skills (Part 2)
Additional dates can be added
on request. (3 People Minimum)
5th - Get Started Level 1
6th - Trail Skills Level 2
7th - Trail Skills (Part 2)



Broke down my riding style and habits, and pointed me in a much better direction. Feel faster, smoother and more controlled. Excellent value for money, thank you CycleActive.

Nathan - Staveley
Trail Skills Level 2 &
"Part 2" coaching ride


Trail Centre CycleActive Climb


We had a fantastic day, it was brilliant and we learned loads.  Looking forward to some happy, sweaty and challenging miles on our bikes. Great course, easy booking, did what it said on the tin.  Will definitely recommend you to others.

Kate and Robert Malvern Singletrack Level 1


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“We chose Chris Ford and the CycleActive instructors for our Olympic Talent Team Camp because of their infectious enthusiasm and unique brand of skills coaching.  The training was pitched at exactly the right level for our riders who all made real progress during the weekend.”

Chris Furber, British Cycling Olympic Talent Coach.

Trail Centre CycleActive Rich

“Just a few hours spent training with Chris Ford of CycleActive made me realise how much I have to learn… After a morning cycling with Ford I was flinging my bike and body round sharp corners and slippery descents, and climbing hills I wouldn’t even have attempted the day before.”

Alison Hamlett, Editor, Triathlete’s World magazine


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Video Feedback and Online Review
On many of our courses we now use video to assist with your skills development. This is at the discretion of the instructor, as its use depends on where we are, the weather conditions and the requirements of the group. If you wish we can load video content onto our YouTube or Facebook pages so that you can review online, get additional feedback or ideas from our full coaching team, and benefit from your course for many months afterwards. You can also load up your own videos for us to give feedback on as you improve after the course – that’s all part of the service.

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