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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's London to Brighton Off-road bike ride, write route guides for our own unique guidebooks and for the UK's biggest MTB publication  MBUK  

We also find some time to organise some of our own unique, friendly social rides too, such as:

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! 


  • Disclaimer

Please note our terms of use for any route guides and suggestions: Should you choose to cycle any routes suggested on this website you do so at your own risk. Prior to setting out check current local weather, conditions, and land/road closures. While riding, obey all public and private land use restrictions and rules, carry proper safety and navigational equipment, and follow countryside code and leave no trace.

The information found herein is simply a planning resource to be used as a point of inspiration in conjunction with your own due-diligence. In spite of associated GPX, maps and information provided under diligent research, the accuracy and judgement isn't guaranteed. Rough Ride Guide Ltd its partners, associates, and contributors are in no way liable for personal injury, damage to personal property, or any other such situation that might happen to individual riders cycling or following any routes or information provided on this website.

Latest News

Resources (Google) maps for long distance rides

Resources (Google) maps for long distance rides
After the popularity of the resources map we created for the King Alfred's Way cycle route, we've started work on some others including the new Cantii Way...
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King Alfreds Way Supported Events - Just 2 weeks away!

King Alfreds Way Supported Events - Just 2 weeks away!
Join a supported ride along this hugely popular epic route
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