We have a fleet of over 70 bikes including all sizes of kids’ party bikes, including full sets of 20″ wheel bikes for the younger age groups (around 7-9 years old depending on height) and 24″ bikes for those slightly older.
We have adult bikes if any parents are coming along too.
If you have more than 12 young people of the same age, we would split the group into 2 and swap activities.
We issue helmets (although participants can bring their own if they prefer); all you need is rough clothing that you’re prepared to get very, very dirty. Please bear in mind the weather predicted for the day.
At Deers Leap there is a cafe where you can book catering for parties, call 01342 325858 or mention this when you are booking. There aren’t any self-catering facilities, although you’re welcome to stay in the courtyard after your party, up until closing time. There are toilets and a courtyard for children to amuse themselves in, but please be careful to supervise all children as there are cyclists coming in and out of the courtyard as well as various normal hazards like walls in and around the courtyard.
Q: What if we have one child for our kids’ party that can’t ride a bike?
A: This is a tricky one. Clearly if the instructor is teaching the group, it’s not possible to teach one child to ride from the basics at the same time! It is important to ask parents of other children if their child can ride a bike.
Q: Do the children need to be expert riders?
A: Not at all. We assume that there will be different ability levels and the instructor will act accordingly.
Q: Can we split the group in two?
A: You will have one instructor for up to 12 participants; over this and the instructor will have an assistant. If you have 12 or fewer, there will be one instructor.
Q: What about safety, first aid and rescues?
A: All instructors are TrekCo instructors (see www.trekco.com ) TrekCo is the company that runs activities at Deers Leap, and we are an AALS Licensed company. This means that we are inspected by the government every year and hold an Adventurous Activities Licence. This licence isn’t needed for mountain biking, but it is an indication of a good standard of instruction and safety procedures in the company as a whole. Our Risk Assessments for all activities can be viewed at the TrekCo website too. All outdoor instructors must have a current First Aid certificate, and are police checked.
Q: Do I need to go with the children?
A: We always prefer that an adult accompanies the group alongside the instructor. We do however recognise that this is not always possible; the decision is up to you.