Mountain Bike Trail Leader

Mountain biker splashing through a stream
Learn the skills to guide group rides on off-road routes and trails

Course outcomes

This course will equip you to:

  • Lead groups of adults, young people and children on rides
  • Manage groups with a range of riding experience
  • Prepare for rides, anticipate and minimise the likelihood of accidents
  • Develop and apply risk assessments, operating procedures and dynamic risk management
  • Provide fun, engaging and developmental sessions for your participants
  • Understand access rights across the UK
  • Complete and review rides, using self-reflection

Key content

Mountain biking is one of the most accessible and enjoyable introductions to group cycling. Cycling UK’s Mountain Bike Leader course enables you to carry out rides on non-technical terrain.

Trail terrain includes most green and blue trails (although there may be exceptions) in Forestry Commission environments, as well as non-technical cycle accessible routes. You can view the grading system here.

The course includes tuition for your own off-road skills, and assessment of your new-found skills.

Please note, during the course you may ride at a level above that of trail-level terrain.


Please read the requirements guide. You can download your own copy.


After achieving the Mountain Bike Trail Leader, your next step may be to consider becoming a Technical Mountain Bike Leader, or extend the remit of your current award through Mountain Bike Leader: Expedition Module or Mountain Bike Leader – Night Ride Module.

First aid

In order to be awarded the Trail Leader Award you must also hold a 16-hour outdoor first aid qualification. This can be completed after attending the Trail Leader course and evidence emailed to Cycling UK before certification.

Course details

3 days
Non-technical riding – relatively smooth tracks and trails
Fitness level
Group size
Minimum number of attendees: 5 / Maximum number of attendees: 7
Full course: £2,631