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Welcome to Rough Ride Guide


Rough Ride Guide

Who are we?

After starting our business by writing and publishing one of the first proper mountain bike guidebooks 20 years ago, Rough Ride Guide has come a long way since then. We currently design and coordinate mountain bike events for various charities such as the British Heart Foundation, we run our own events such as the popular King Alfred’s Way supported ride and our London to Brighton Off Road at Night ride and do the route guides for MBUK the UK's biggest MTB publication. We also sell some select products in our online shop

Our mission is to inspire people to get out on their bikes, to have some fun adventures and unique experiences. By providing expertly written route maps, some choice pieces of kit (have you seen our exclusive US Wingnut bags?!) and some bespoke events, this still very much holds true today. Whatever your requirements, we look forward to helping you on that journey.....

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New and exciting events await for you in 2021, such as the popular King Alfred's Way supported ride, our London to Brighton Off-road at Night and our new Bike & Beers brewery series. We also offer guided rides for families through to advanced riders seeking some fabulous Chilterns single-track. Holding the highest MTB guiding qualification (Level 3) in the UK with British Cycling, and trained and qualified to lead night rides too, we can support your own personal rides whatever, wherever and whenever you want. From arranging a fundraising multiday ride or dream cycling adventure holiday just drop us a line and we can help make your dream adventure become a reality.

Need some help knowing where to get out and ride? Our pioneering guidebooks (where it all started) have removable pages and are packed full of routes and ideas of where to go for some great riding around the UK. Our top recommendation for 2021 is UK Breaks with Bikes; bursting with rides found around the UK 's holiday destinations - a perfect companion for riders wanting to explore the UK this year...

Use our UK map to search a location you'd like to ride, you are bound to find some cycling routes near you - then download the PDF file and off you go! With all of the man-made trail maps and info provided for free, bag yourself some great oven-ready rides or amazing natural adventures! 

Latest News

Cantii Way - A new 236 KM cycle route in Kent

Cantii Way - A new 236 KM cycle route in Kent
In case you somehow missed the news, Cycling UK has released its 5th long distance cycle route, which our very own Max Darkins of Rough Ride Guide, wrote the guidebook for.
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Cannock Chase Forest - New trail

Cannock Chase Forest - New trail
Perry’s Trail is a new off-road trail for intermediate riders and will be used as the backbone of the course that will host the mountain bike competition at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games this summer.
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National Cycling Show - FREE tickets

National Cycling Show - FREE tickets
On 18th-19th June, at the Birmingham NEC, get free tickets (normally £10)
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