Surrey hills mountain bike trails, England Hot
Surrey hills mountain bike trails consists of a set of trails that criss cross the North Downs. 4 of the most popular and well known are Leith Hill, Holmbury Hill, Pitch Hill and Winterfold hill. Each can all be ridden individually or looped together.
These set of hills are a combination of natural feeling and purpose built single-track.
There are many miles of single track (mostly non way marked).
- Leith hill is probably the steepest of the three hills and home to The Tower the highest point on Leith Hill as well as the highest point in the North Downs. Hence there are tough climbs and some really rewarding descents. Although facilites are limited there is a neat litle kiosk for tea and cake at the top on The Tower. Some of the famous more carved trails here are Summer Lighting (twisty singletrack with low berms), Deliverance (very steep), The Quarry (for jumping and drops) Crooked Furrow, Regurgitator & Waggledance. Nirvana Cycles in Westcot is a decent shop and a common place to start. They have maps and also organise informal rides.
- In early 2014 Summer Lightning had an extension built. This new Summer Lightning trail starts just below the iconic Leith Hill Tower and runs to connect up to the old Summer Lightning section. It's a red graded trail and both old and new sections are 9km (the new extension forms around 4km of this).
- Holmbury Hill can be started from the village of Peaslake. Famous here is the village store for tea and cake and trails such Barry Knows Best. a flowing track which traverses down the final descent, the Yoghurt Pots full of rolling dips as you descend and the Telegraph Row which is fast singletrack.
Pitch Hill and Winterfold
- Pitch Hill is as rewarding as the others with the same abundance of singletrack. Famous trails are Supernova and the set of trails know as the T Trails (which are rooty and flowy). Taking in also Winterfold there is also Proper Bo, Bo Selecta, Double Drop, Secret Santa, Northern Monkey, Evian, Supernova and the Pitch Downhill. Peaslake is also a good place to start for these trails (see car parking guide below).
Groups, Rides and Clubs
- Hurtwood Trails are the MTB volunteer group responsible for trail development on the Hurtwood Estate in Surrey Hills.
- London Calling - MTB
- Muddy Moles: www.muddymoles.org.uk
- We've attached a bunch of GPS files to the listing below. But if you check out our specific GPS Routes section you will get full descriptions, starting points, length and technical difficulty of each route.
- Parking: Don't park in the middle of Peaslake! Hurtwood Car Park 2: Walking Bottom is the closest to Peaslake. Postcode GU5 9RR will take you to the centre of Peaslake. The car park is just outside the village - follow the road out of the centre past the Hurtwood Inn/Pedal & Spoke and the car park is after about 300m on your left. See this map for locations of various car parks in the area: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit…
- This page has details of the few official and tolerated trails: http://www.surreyhillsmtber.co.uk/surrey-hills-mtb-trails/ Or see this map and toggle the MTB Trails layer on: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit…
- If you have ridden any of the mountain bike trails in the Surrey Hills then why not share your experience with the community and favourite the trail, post some pics, vids, routes (GPX) or a review.
London-Redhill, then get great western train towards reading and get off at Gomshall, it's then a 2/3 mile ride to Peaslake
The Surrey Hills Single track
If you are new to the sport or to the area invest in some coaching and guiding.
Make it flow - the old trail before the cricket pitch was way more fun, why didn't they use that.
A Great Combination
I have to say i live in Hampshire and this is well worth the hour drive. After many rides i have got together a great 18 mile route starting from Peaslake and ending with Barry Knows Best, taking in Yoghurt Pots, Telegraph Poles and Summer Lightning.I would class my route as a hard ride but very rewarding combing great natural and man-made routes, with many climbs and descents
Combine this with Telegraph Poles and natural trials then this is a fantastic place to ride.
Also halfway around my route is the Tower Cafe serving coffee and cake what more do you want!!
Pretty good all your around apart from the last 1/2 mile of Summer Lightning which can get very very muddy after rain.
You will need to come and come again to get the best out if this.
A bit of everything. A bit of a muddle to though.
First time but not the last
Go once and keep going back.
This was a great way to get started riding here, it was great to know you were going to find a few decent bits without looking too hard. I stayed on holmbury hill and rode a few trails a number of times.
Next time i will go back and explore more as it is really an amazing network if trails. Also the views are epic! It is worth going to stop and take them in.
Good enduro practice, but too easy
I am a DHer, but recently competed in the megavalanche. Much of my training was based in the SH due to the great number of trails and the effort factor that is involved. I once rode 60km in one day all off road and not riding the same trail twice!
However I find many of the trails bland and easy, and I hate the holmbury hill loop! Far too flat! As a DHer, it really does not feed me enough thrill. There are also too many snotty roadies around for my liking. Despite this, nothing compares to the SH in the south east if all you want is a long, social mtb ride. Which is what most people want... So it may not be to my taste (hence the low score), but I can see why its one of Britains most popular mtb areas.
Miles of trails
So many different routes you can link up it's not true. If you like the more technical stuff that's over on the Pitch Hill side. Put a big loop together with all the good bits and you can have an excellent, and tiring, day out. I tend not to go if the weather has been really wet, the high volume of traffic means some trails really suffer in bad weather.
Can be really busy at the weekend
Trails can suffer in wet weather, use your discretion
Holmbury Hill (Surrey Hills)
Surrey hills a little bit of Wales in England
The listing pretty much says it all. Its a stones throw from Guildford and Dorking and reasonably accesible from the big smoke. If you are looking for that all day wales feeling and are trapped down south then this is where you need to head. I have mapped together a decent few rides using GPS tracks or going out with mates. I love Pitch Hill full of great XC descents and a selection of downhill runs. Leith has Summer Lightning which is the only way marked trail in the region with lots of fun alternative parallel descents also. Holmbury has the famous tourist route of Barry Knows Best, Yoghurt Pots and Telegraph Polls. All great and can all be joined up for that mega ride or ridden individually in bite sized chunks. The local trail teams do an ace job of giving us carved trails on a plate but whilst keeping its natural setting and feel. Miles and miles, a myriad you can knit together in multiple ways. It's my local and I'm thankful to have it.