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Abundant history and olympic hills along the Surrey Cycleway

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Abundant history and olympic hills along the Surrey Cycleway

Bike Touring Collection by Amy

7

Tours

14:51 h

139 mi

7,450 ft

Maybe you like to relax on sun-soaked hills surrounded by ripe vineyards enjoying a glass of crisp rose wine, perhaps you like to walk the corridors of grand stately homes, maybe you love to test your legs in the hills, or actually you like all of this! If this sounds like your cup of tea, then the Surrey Cycleway is your perfect next adventure.

This Collection will guide you along the Surrey Cycleway in seven stages that vary in length from 12.5 to 29 miles (20 - 47 km). In total, your adventure will take you 143 miles (230 km) with a total of 7,546 feet (2,300 meters) in elevation gain.

Each stage of the Surrey Cycleway can easily be shortened or combined to suit your schedule, which is made even more convenient as the area has good rail connections with London. You could even choose to cycle part of the route as a weekend escape from the big city.

The Surrey Cycleway also delves deep into the history of the area, taking you to 13th-century churches, Aerodromes that were used during the Berlin Airdrop, ruined castles, Polesden Lacey country estate, the ruins of England’s first Cistercian abbey, and even Britain’s oldest working windmill.

And, you will certainly not go hungry along the way. We have included plenty of pub and cafes stops where you will find delicious food to ensure you have enough energy during your ride. Each stage also ends in a town or village with comfortable accommodation options to keep you well-rested.

In between the rolling hills, Surrey has an abundance of pretty villages and towns. Godstone, Alford, and Shere are three particularly lovely villages found along the Surrey Cycleway. You may recognize some of the place names in Surrey as they featured in the 2012 Olympic road racing events. On stage five, you have the chance to ride Box Hill, which has perhaps become the most famous hill in the UK among cyclists since the games.

The route was opened in 1995 to reveal the very best of quiet rural life in the county, and it doesn’t disappoint. You will mostly follow minor roads and country lanes as they wind through the countryside, with a few short sections along traffic-free cycle paths and bridleways. As such, you can use any bike for your adventure. The route is also easy to follow as it is signposted in both directions.

Your adventure begins in Godalming, a historic market town with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants. Godalming also has direct trains to London Waterloo, Havant, and Woking making it easy for you to reach the start of your adventure.

With ancient heathland, rolling countryside and beautiful waterways only a stone’s throw from London, the Surrey Cycleway is a peaceful escape. Stunning countryside and plenty of cake stops await!

For more information on visiting Surrey, visit: visitsurrey.com
For train tickets and timetables, visit: thetrainline.com/stations/godalming

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    01:17
    11.9 mi
    9.3 mph
    600 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Thick woodland, open heaths and colorful wildflowers – stage one will immerse you in Surrey’s rural landscapes. You will ride 12 miles (19 km) from Godalming to Dunsfold, enjoying countryside …

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  • Intermediate
    01:43
    17.5 mi
    10.2 mph
    575 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your second day discovering Surrey by bicycle will take you to some of the county’s more unusual attractions – expect historic aerodromes, ruined manor houses, and converted train stations. Stage …

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  • Intermediate
    02:03
    21.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    475 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage three of your adventure takes you on a varied 21 mile (34 km) ride through the Mole Valley from Capel to Lingfield. The route is relatively flat with only 492 feet (150 meters) of elevation over the course of the day. From Capel, head towards Newdigate along the lanes. Although small, Newdigate is steeped in history and has some lovely black and white buildings. You will also find a shop in the village.

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  • Intermediate
    01:54
    17.8 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,050 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage four is a gorgeous ride through the countryside, visiting beautiful nature parks and interesting historical sites along the way. Today you will cycle 18 miles (29 km) from Lingfield …

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  • Difficult
    02:27
    23.1 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    From ruined castles to 17th-century working windmills, stage five will take you back in time to some of Surrey’s most interesting historical eras. You will also follow in the pedal strokes of Olympians as you take on the famous Box Hill. Today you will ride 23 miles (37 km) from Bletchingley to Dorking, gaining 1410 feet (430 meters) in elevation in total.

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  • Difficult
    02:17
    18.3 mi
    8.0 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Your penultimate day cycling the Surrey Way takes you 18 miles (29 km) from Dorking to Shere through the superb North Downs and Greensand Ridge landscapes. On the outskirts of …

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  • Difficult
    03:11
    29.3 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    With wild rivers, grand stately homes and 12th-century castles – your final stage of adventure cycling the Surrey Cycleway does not disappoint! Today you will ride 29 miles (47 km) from Shere to Farnham. A small hill will greet you as you leave Shere and head back into the countryside. Following rural lanes, you will pass through Farley Green and Farley Heath, which was once the largest Romano-British settlement in Surrey.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    139 mi
  • Duration
    14:51 h
  • Elevation
    7,450 ft
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Abundant history and olympic hills along the Surrey Cycleway