Dartmoor Wild Trails
Summary: guiding, private bunkhouse, breakfasts, BBQ -
£285 3 days, £235 2 days
On WildBike's 'Toughness out of Ten', it's a 6
Dartmoor is the most atmospheric of National Parks. The views are always huge and the skyline peppered with iconic towers of granite – the famous Tors of Dartmoor. Evidence of ancient civilizations is everywhere: remains of mediaeval villages and tin mines, huge stone crosses and menhirs abound.
Not only is the landscape unique and interesting, the mountain biking is awesome. The variety of riding is astonishing! From some relatively smooth and level ancient tramways of the Western Moor to the roughest granite rock gardens plummeting into the valleys around Hound Tor, and everything else in between.
Rob took his virgin MTB wheels onto Dartmoor in 1988 and we’ve been regular riders here ever since. We go out of our way to find the hidden gems!
Dartmoor is not quite such a challenge to your fitness as some of our other holidays, but the occasional nadgery gnarliness more than compensates. Ideal for mixed ability groups!
Your Dartmoor Wild Trails Accommodation
Oh yes! Without doubt the best bunkhouse on Dartmoor, slap bang in the middle of the MTB action. Our hosts pride themselves on running a heavenly establishment - the setting, the food, the open fires, the convivial atmosphere - all first class!
This isn't just any old bunkhouse - it's a huge old granite barn with awesome views over the river Dart and to the Tors beyond, with a massive lounge complete with open fire and every room is a twin ensuite. There is also a drying room, sauna, and hot-tub, yes, really!! You will be treated to delicious evening meals and a set-me-up-for-the-day breakfast made from local ingredients. Oh, and don't forget the best scones and clotted cream I have ever tasted (and that's saying something) - a perfect post-ride indulgence on the sun-trap patio.
If that wasn't enough, there are cosy pubs just a short distance away serving fine local ales.
- 2 or 3 days guided riding by qualified guides in small groups
- 2 or 3 nights twin en-suite accommodation
- A home-cooked three course evening meal on Saturday night
- Hearty breakfasts
- Optional transfer from and to Newton Abbot railway station
- Coffees and teas
- Post–ride cream teas or cakes
- Support of our MTB race van
- Bikewash, secure lock-up and mechanical support
- Some Soul! Fresh coffee, homemade cakes, great music, river swimming……
Is it for me?
Almost certainly! Dartmoor really does offer something for everyone. Whatever your favourite type of wild trail, it's all here; whether that be exposed high moorland doubletrack with awesome views, relaxed riding on disused mining tramways or the more technical challenges of boulder-strewn singletrack - we will find it for you! Any technical riding challenges on Dartmoor are short and sweet, so you have the option to avoid them, session them to find the perfect line, or get some expert coaching - whatever, they are not a great focus of this holiday! It's more about riding mixed terrain in a wonderful landscape at a pace that suits you.
This trip will run from the evening of 28th or 29th September. Date options will also appear on the BOOKING FORM.
For reference and as a guide, our base on Dartmoor is 3 hours drive from the M25, 3 hours from the M42 around Birmingham and less than 2 hours from Bristol.
As part of our commitment to green travel, we offer a FREE pick-up and drop-off service from and to Newton Abbot railway station.
Travel and arrival details will be sent to you 6 weeks before your holiday begins.