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 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 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 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 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
- Hurtwood Trails are the MTB volunteer group responsible for trail development on the Hurtwood Estate in Surrey Hills.
- London Calling - MTB
- 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
- 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.