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Surrey hills mountain bike trails, England

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Surrey hills mountain bike trails, England
New Leith Hill descent and Summer Lightning extension
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Trails

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  • Red (Difficult)
  • Ungraded (natural)
Type of Trail(s)
Cross Country (XC )
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GU59RR
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GU5 9RR
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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, Northern Monkey, Evian, Yoghurt Pots, Deliverance, the Quarry, Summer Lightning, the T's, Supernova and the Pitch downhill to name but a few.

Leith Hill

  • 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

  • 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 a neat bit of fast, tight and rooty singletrack.

Pitch Hill and Winterfold

  • Pitch Hill is 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). Taking in also Winterfold there is also Proper Bo, Bo Selecta, Double Drop, Secret Santa, Northern Monkey, Evian, Supernova and the Pitch Downhill.

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GPX

  • We've attached a bunch of GPS files to the listing below. But if you check out our specific GPS section you will get full descriptions, starting points, length and technical difficulty of each route. 

Other Stuff

  • 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…

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  • 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. 

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November 21, 2015
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Routes,GPS & Docs

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  • Surrey Hills - Winterfold Wood long ride.gpx
    Kicking off in Walking Bottom car park and heading up Pitch Hill onto Winterfold this is a ride that takes in many of the best on offer. It's about 13 - 15 miles and graded hard. There are a few big drops to watch out for although always a chicken run option to go round. Some of the sections are Proper Bo, Bo Selecta, Double Drop, Secret Santa, Northern Monkey, Supernova, Pitch Downhill and more. One of my faves.
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Grin Factor
Level of fun had, or to be had
Trail Variety
Variety of specific trail or overall trail centre. Mix of obstacles, berms, jumps, drops, shore etc.
Skills Development
Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
Trail Quality
Are the trails well built /maintained using sustainable techniques?
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From cafe post ride grub to bike wash. Did it meet your expectations?
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(Updated: September 11, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
3.0

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 

User Review

Good Points
Lots of natural singletrack combined with 3 great developed trails - Yoghurt Pots, Summer Lightning and to finish off Barry Knows Best downhill excellent.

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.
Bad Points
Not way-marked apart from Summer Lightning.To get a good route you need to go with someone who knows or just explore and you will eventually get a decent route but takes alot of time.Some parts can get large puddles and get very muddy after prolonged rain.Be prepared for quite long climbs as although in Surrey you are pretty much going up or down.
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3.6
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3.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
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3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
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2.0

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.

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Good Points
Great sand base which helps in the wet. Sone great fun single track. So massive jump sections. Some a little to big if you have a job to go back to. But there is so much here there is something for everyone. You will need to explore for along time to piece together some great routes. I have been a few times but only sratched the surface. Contantly evolving.
Bad Points
Extremely busy as its so close to the big smoke. No real centre. No way marking so gps or if your a proper rider exploring and learning from others. Getting a bit to extreme in some parts! Take it easy if you dont know the trail. No warnings of what over the next jump. You have been warned.
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Overall rating 
 
4.3
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
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2.5

First time but not the last

Go once and keep going back.

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Good Points
This was first time In the Surrey hills, it won't be the last. I followed a route I got from this website to start as I have not been before and I was aware there are not many way marked routes.

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.
Bad Points
None really, you could say the lack of signage, but really I like it that way. It is refreshing to have trail centre quality trails without the feeling you are tied to routes to be followed. Get lost and enjoy it!
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Overall rating 
 
3.0
Grin Factor 
 
2.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
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3.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
2.0

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.

User Review

Good Points
Lots of it, long rides, long trails, many trails
Bad Points
too easy and mostly flat
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Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
4.0

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.

User Review

Good Points
Lots of trails
Bad Points
YOU need to put your route together
Can be really busy at the weekend
Trails can suffer in wet weather, use your discretion
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Yes
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(Updated: November 20, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0

Holmbury Hill (Surrey Hills)

I have been demoing bikes in the Surrey Hills and had decided to take each one out on the same route for consistency. Good news is that over a period of 6 weeks I have managed a to knit together quite a neat little route.

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Good Points
Good elevation for the south of England with good ascent and descent and flowing singletrack.
Bad Points
Some of the ups and connecting parts are fire track and you do pass the same points on the track a little often but it feels right none the less.
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(Updated: September 11, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.0

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. 

User Review

Good Points
Miles of the stuff. Good elevation for the south of England with good ascent and descent and flowing singletrack. Westcott and Peaslake are well served as starting points with friendly bike shops / pubs. Peaslake also has the Village Store with cups of tea and biker grub.
Bad Points
Lots of trial and error to knit it together but that's part of the fun.
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