popular courses

Check out some of our riders favourites courses below.
With only 8 slots per session, spaces are getting filled fast! Get booked in with our online booking system.

Stage 1

The start of every adventure, here you’ll learn the fundamentals of off-road riding.

Stage 2

Time to take it up a gear, here we teach technical skills to help you tackle any off-road obstacle.

Skills Development Day

Here we increase your confidence of what you, as a rider, are capable of achieving.

Why choose us?

Expert instructors

Our team of instructors all have a wealth of off road riding experience. Their passion is about passing on their knowledge and experience to our customers.

Progressive courses

The structured approach of our courses means that riders are able to build their confidence and skills in a progressive way.


After each element of the course, riders will get the opportunity to put that discipline into practice.


The fun doesn’t stop once you’re finished learning, we run regular tours and experiences for our Adventure Alumni.

Rider Reviews

Check out some of our 5 star reviews from the adventure alumni.

Given that I’m fast approaching 60, I really didn’t think I had it in me.  I can't recommend the Desert Rose Adventure Riding Academy enough, and looking forward to getting out there now with less cursing and more smiles !!  I will be back of course for my next instalment of “You CAN teach an old dog new tricks"
Ian G
My level one course at Desert Rose was a real turning point in my off road riding. It made me think about my technique and instilled in me the basics that I now rely on every time I get on the bike.
Henry C
Fab day, I ache all over. The course was run professionally, with clear direction & instruction. Not at one point did I feel any frustration from either of you, just encouragement but also empathy & care for those fall offs! I’m hoping to transfer some of the learnt skills & confidence to road riding. I wouldn’t change a thing. (apart from my own fear!)
Annie H
Jan MC
We had the BEST time yesterday and can't wait to come back for another go! Thank you so much for the day, I also learned a lot and it's helped get my confidence back after the crash I had in January.  Patsy, it was inspirational to get coaching from you and I definitely need to master the sliding off the side of the bike to put a foot down!
Jan Mc
David W
My time on two wheels with the Desert Rose Adventure Riding Academy was absolutely fantastic.  Harry made our day fun, engaging and really informative, explaining everything really well and he was happy to field the questions I had as a new rider. I was paired up with an approachable bike that ran faultlessly and all the safety equipment I needed, which combined with such a stunning location, really helped make the day one to remember. 
David W
Thank you so much for yesterday! Apart from being ridiculous amounts of fun, I can't tell you how much awesome stuff I learned. In particular, all the work you did, explaining body position and weight balance was just transformatively useful and after just a few hours with you both, I feel so much more capable off road. I'm totally coming back for more before I buy myself a green lane bike.
BikeSafe Team
Huge thanks to you and Harry. We thought the venue, the setup, the day and most importantly, our instructors were absolutely flawless. Coaching and tuition were some of the best I’ve ever had in any form. There was not one negative about the day from anybody. You will definitely be seeing us again, hopefully in the not too distant future.
BikeSafe Team
Yesterday saw myself (Crew Manager Jim Sanderson) and my friend and colleague, Group Manager Lawrence ‘Lol’ Pater, attend Desert Rose Adventure Riding Academy in Broad Oak, near Heathfield, East Sussex. This was quite possibly the most fun on two wheels I have had in living memory. We were welcomed at the site at 0830hrs by Paul and Harry, the Instructors. We met our fellow students, drank coffee, got kitted out, they supply absolutely everything kit wise, talked bikes a bit then were introduced to our steed for the day. We received superb instruction and the guys catered for all our varying levels of experience (or lack of experience) without pushing too hard but allowing us to explore our own limits in safety.
Jim Sanderson
Mike B
Hey Paul and Harry I wanted to say a huge thanks for today. It really blew my mind. The sessions were really well structured and there are clear things that I can work on moving forward. I’d really like to come back in a couple of months and repeat Stage 1. Just to remind me of what was learned today (which was a lot). It was a really good fun day. And your facility is amazing.
Mike B

Frequently asked

There are just a few things you’ll need to know before you ride off. Here you’ll quickly find the answers to some common questions, allowing you to get on and have some fun! 

Fear not, our helpful team are here to support you on and off the track. Head over to the Courses page to get a an overview of each course. If you’re still not sure you can email us at questions@desertrose.academy to arrange an over-the-phone assessment.

You can bring along your own off-road/adventure riding gear, one of our instructors will need to check it upon arrival to ensure it is suitable for the style of riding you will be doing on our courses and you will need to complete the PPE form.

We strongly recommend that you DO NOT wear road riding gear, it generally isn’t breathable enough and the boots are unlikely to have sufficient protection for the riding style and environment.

You also probably won’t want to scratch your road helmet or visor on tree branches!

Please let us know if you have any special requirements in terms of kit sizes, for example an especially small waist or large head.

Unfortunately not. Due to the venue and the type of riding we do (not a track like Motocross), we cannot have anybody walking around on site. We will be constantly moving around the venue, with different exercises being in different areas. If for any reason you require a guardian or friend to be present, please get in touch via email at questions@desertrose.academy

You can book here: BOOK NOW. Our online booking system only takes a few minutes and all major credit/debit cards are accepted. If you have any issues contact our team here

The course administration, off bike tuition and safety briefing, begins at roughly 09:30.

Riding time starts at 10:00, when we make our way through the woods into the training field. Each course topic is generally followed by riding time to allow the instruction to start to feed through into your riding.

We allow time for a tea break in the morning and afternoon along with a minimum of 30 minutes for lunch.

If time allows the last session in the afternoon is usually an opportunity for you to try other bikes in our training fleet. Riding time in the afternoon finishes at 16:00, when there’s time to discuss your next steps on the road to your adventures, whether that is the next stage of our structured courses, or a trip to Morocco, or some road book training for that African Rally………….

Clearly, as our courses are run outside in the beautiful East Sussex countryside we will be affected by the British weather, occasionally that means we might alter the course running order to ensure rider safety.

You will need to bring your own lunch and any snacks that you might want during the day. We have facilities for making hot drinks and if you have a travel mug/reusable mug feel free to bring it with you. If you prefer an alternative to fresh cow’s milk in your tea/coffee please remember to bring some with you.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to drop us an email at questions@desertrose.academy

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A summary of what we have been up to at the Desert Rose Network and feeds from our social media, take a look into our world. 


Desert Rose visit East Sussex Advanced Motorcyclists

Desert Rose’s Patsy Quick was invited to visit ESAM, East Sussex Advanced Motorcyclists for one of their regular club nights. Patsy was asked to talk about her Dakar history, the world of rallye support/assistance and the courses run at Desert Rose Riding Academy. There was a really good turnout and Patsy gave a great insight into what it takes to even get to the start line of an event as big as The Dakar. Attendees heard all about the the attempts in 2003, 2004, 2005 and the ultimate dream finish in 2006, when Patsy became the first British woman to finish what many still believe to be the world’s toughest motor-sport event.

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Desert Rose Instructors Attend Biker Down Course

The Kent Fire Bike Team came down to East Sussex for a day of off road instruction a couple of weeks ago. Jim and Lol threw themselves at the exercises and had a great day out. Well this week it was 2 of the Desert Rose instructors who became the students, attending a BikerDown course at Rochester Fire Station. Harry and Paul made the trip to Rochester to take part in the training course which is geared towards accident scene management, first aid for motorcyclists and the issue of helmet removal. Whilst we hope never to have to put the skills into practice it is always good to understand the importance of responding appropriately when accidents do happen.

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Met Police at Desert Rose

The Desert Rose Team were delighted to host the Metropolitan Police BikeSafe Team at our East Sussex training venue. More used to riding fully loaded and marked up Police Service BMW R1250RTs and F750GSs, the team were put through a range of exercises from our Stage 1 and Stage 2 off road rider training courses. Yes of course we put them through the stream! It’s fair to say they all threw themselves at the exercises with enthusiasm and judging by the smiles on their faces at the end of the day all enjoyed the course. Metropolitan Police Service motorcyclists are put through extensive on road training, including blue light response training, which makes them some of the best trained motorcyclists on our roads. It was great to hear their views on how mastering a number of off road riding skills would transfer well into helping to make all motorcyclists safer and more complete motorcyclists.

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