Surrey hills mountain bike trails consist 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 waymarked).
- 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 facilities are limited there is a neat little 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 Westcott 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 or a review.
- Also, why not check out the iBikeRide Index of the Top UK Trails to see where Surrey Hills is ranked.