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Mountain Biking

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Mountain biking for schools

We’re pleased to offer mountain biking sessions as part of our school residential trips in Swanage. This popular activity is great fun and a fantastic way to explore the beautiful scenery surrounding our residential centre and tented villages. Mountain biking can be enjoyed as part of a varied programme of outdoor adventures. We can adapt the session to meet the needs of the group – catering for experienced riders as well as those that may need some reassurance.


  • Top quality bikes and safety equipment
  • Unrivalled experience and knowledge of the Swanage, Corfe and Purbeck area
  • Excellent guides and superb mountain biking tracks

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  • Mountain biking in the Isle of Purbeck

Cycling in Dorset

Over the course of the mountain biking session students will venture off road and tackle forest trails and coastal routes throughout the county. They’ll be treated to some spectacular views and a glimpse of some of Dorset’s best loved sights. Along the way students will learn more about the local area, while tackling various trails and tracks. The Cumulus team will be on hand throughout the session to offer guidance and support.

Our experienced team will tailor the route to suit the groups abilities and weather conditions. They’ll challenge students to try new skills and improve their riding technique and bike control. Throughout the session our team will create a friendly and supportive environment. There will be lots of laughter and the students will leave the session with a new found confidence in their cycling ability.

Stag group mountain biking on Studland Heath
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Learning outcomes

Learning is not restricted to the class room and our mountain biking sessions are the perfect example of this. Cycling is a fantastic form of exercise and encourages students to uptake healthy activities on returning home.

  • Physical Education

    Cycling is a fantastic form of exercise that is guaranteed to get the heart pumping. It’s one of the best ways to get students moving and encourage exploration of the great outdoors. Even leisurely bike rides offer a full body work out. Pedalling helps strengthen muscles, improve endurance and promotes being active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

  • Confidence

    For many students our mountain biking sessions are the first time they cycle off road. Our instructors work hard to bolster participants confidence and encourage them to try new things. We know from previous experience that they will leave the session with a big smile on their face. They’ll return home with a sense of accomplishment after completing the route.

  • Coordination

    Coordination and balance are essential bike riding skills. Students will have to draw on these repeatedly throughout the mountain biking session as they zoom along trails and tackle obstacles along the way. They’ll be required to use a variety of cognitive and motor skills. These include hand eye coordination, grip strength and posture.

Get in touch

Start planning your bespoke school residential trip itinerary today!

Contact us on 01929 422480

Mountain Biking FAQs

Where can I find your mountain biking certificates?

If you would like to see all our information, including risk assessments, policies, emergency procedures, insurance and affiliation certification, please ask. You will be sent a link to our website with a password to access and download as much as you need.

Are you insured for mountain biking?

Yes, we are insured for mountain biking and we have £10 million public liability insurance. We are accredited by: Institute of Out­door Learning, National Coasteering Charter, Adventure Activities Licensing Service, DofE Approved Activity Provider and Learning Outside the Classroom.

What happens if there is bad weather before mountain biking?

Rarely is the weather bad enough to cancel a session. However, if we feel we need to cancel or change the mountain biking session, we will be in touch at least 2 days prior to the activity. We will however always do our best to deliver the activities as per the agreed programme.

What if my child doesn’t want to do mountain biking?

During the mountain biking session we challenge the students to participate voluntarily, to push their comfort zone and test themselves. We operate a ‘challenge by choice ethos’, which allows the students to choose the level they are comfortable with.

What is the instructor to participant ratio for mountain biking?

The instructor to participant ratio for mountain biking is 1:10.

What kit do they need to bring for mountain biking?

Please bring clothing and footwear suitable for the outdoors. A full set of waterproofs is essential. A rucksack with an extra layer, snacks, something to drink and any personal medication.

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