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.
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).
The Trails Overview
Being the highest point in the North Downs you would expect it to be the best riding accessible to London and Home counties riders. The thing is you would not expect it to be quite as good as it is. There are many miles of single track (all non way marked) and the opportunity to mix and match and piece together trails is something else. The trails are predominately managed by Hurtwood Trails who do a good job also of communicating all the latest trail developments and conditions. The trails are diverse and you will find berms, drops, roots, switchbacks and steep technical descents.
There are quite a few places to start like Peaslake, Nirvana Cycles in Westcot, Leith Hill Tower and many more dotted along the way. Some of the trails worth checking out are Barry Knows Best, Yoghurt Pots, Deliverance, the Quarry and Summer Lightning to name but a few.
- 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.
- Holmbury Hill can be started from the village of Peaslake. Famous here is the village store for tea and cake and a friendly bike shop Pedal and Spoke where you can hire bikes, buy gear and get some good advice. Famous trails here are 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 a neat bit of fast, tight and rooty singletrack.
- Pitch Hill is the final of the hills and as rewarding as the others with the same abundance of singletrack and thrills. Famous trails are Supernova and the set of trails know as the T Trails (which are rooty and flowy).
Groups, Rides and Clubs
- Hurtwood Trails are the MTB volunteer group responsible for trail development on the Hurtwood Estate in Surrey Hills.
- Beyond Mountain Bikes / Cranleigh Cycling Club
- Pedal and Spoke Santa Cruz
- Nirvana Cycles
- London Calling - MTB
- Muddy Moles: www.muddymoles.org.uk
- 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.