Surrey hills mountain bike trails, England

Surrey hills mountain bike trails, England

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Peaslake, Guildford GU5, UK
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Surrey hills mountain bike trails consist of a set of trails that criss-cross the North Downs. 3 of the most popular and well known are Leith Hill, Holmbury Hill and Pitch 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

  • 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. Nirvana Cycles in Westcott is a decent shop and a common place to start. They have maps and also organise informal rides.
  • Summer Lightning is the waymarked official trail.  It 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 around 8.5km in length.
  • Leith Hill is a combination of National Trust, Forestry Commission and private land. Keep to the rights of way of cyclists and dedicated MTB trails only, keeping off footpaths and unmarked trails.

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 fast singletrack.
  • Holmbury is part of the Hurwood and you, therefore, have the 'right to roam' which means you can ride on all trails unless there are signs specifically denying bikes so long as you follow the Hurtwood Bikers' Code.

Pitch Hill 

  • 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).
  • Peaslake is also a good place to start for these trails (see car parking guide below).
  • Pitch Hill is also part of the Hurwood and you, therefore, have the 'right to roam' which means you can ride on all trails unless there are signs specifically denying bikes so long as you follow the Hurtwood Bikers' Code.

Winterfold

  • Winterfold is privately owned land. Please note only bridleways (giving priority to horses and walkers) can be ridden on Winterfold all other trails are non-sanctioned and trespassing. 

Groups, Rides and Clubs

GPX

  • 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. 

Directions and 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. A handy local map with many of the car parks etc can be found here.
  • This page has details of the few official and tolerated trails: http://www.surreyhillsmtber.co.uk/surrey-hills-mtb-trails/ 
  • Trains from London: London-Redhill, then get great western train towards reading and get off at Gomshall, it's then a 2/3 mile ride to Peaslake
 

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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 or a review. 

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Routes,GPS & Docs

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  • Holmbury-hill-highlights-28-1411076040
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  • Pitch-Up-Look-Sharp-16-1411075642
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  • Triple-Threat-52-1411075375
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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
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From cafe post ride grub to bike wash. Did it meet your expectations?
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Overall rating 
 
4.2
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.0

Surrey Hills

Great place to ride

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Good Points
Loads of trails for all levels. Can link up different trails for different varied rides.
New/updated trails appearing regularly. Easy to find trails with a bit of exploring
Bad Points
Can get very Busy. Trails ruined by landowners occasionally.
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
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5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
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5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
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5.0

the best

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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

The Surrey Hills Single track

If you are new to the sport or to the area invest in some coaching and guiding.

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Good Points
Abundance of riding for all levels. The Surrey Hills has single track riding available for all levels of rider. Easily accessible but no way markers apart from on Summer Lighting on Leith Hill.
Bad Points
You can get easily lost and ride into trails that may be tricky and too technical for some riders. Be careful or use a MTB trail guide to learn a bit about the area when you first visit.
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
1.8
Grin Factor 
 
2.0
Trail Variety 
 
1.5
Skills Development 
 
2.0
Trail Quality  
 
2.0
Facilities 
 
1.0

SL

Make it flow - the old trail before the cricket pitch was way more fun, why didn't they use that.

User Review

Good Points
Last section is fun
Bad Points
1st section is a little boring and doesn't flow
Would you recommend?
No
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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 

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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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Overall rating 
 
3.6
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
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.

User Review

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
Facilities 
 
2.5

First time but not the last

Go once and keep going back.

User Review

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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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
3.0
Grin Factor 
 
2.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
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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Yes
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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.

User Review

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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