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!
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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 life every step of the way. With 623 feet (190 meters) of elevation gain, you can enjoy a relaxed ride with no big climbs. A few miles outside the pretty market town of Godalming, you will reach Busbridge Lakes, a great place to stop for a picnic. From here, the route gently climbs for a short while as you cycle along quiet lanes, flanked by heathland and forests, towards Hambledon.Surrounded by a green buffer zone of fields and woodland, Hambledon is a pretty village with a community-owned village shop and cafe. From Hambledon, you will follow Vann Lane through farmland and then join a traffic-free bridleway which runs parallel to the River Lox as it flows into Dunsfold. Dunsfold is a peaceful village in the Weald with a lovely Norman church and historic manor houses. In more recent history, the village has been defined by its Aerodrome which was built by the Canadian Army during WWII. You will find some limited accommodation in the village such as Hurst Hill B&B and there is a good pub for food and drink.
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 two takes you 17 miles (28 km) from Dunsfold to Capel.You will leave Dunsfold via a quiet lane which takes you past Dunsfold Aerodrome to the Wey and Aran Junction Canal. After following the canal for around a mile, you will take a small detour to visit Alfold, a historic village complete with a set of stocks and a whipping post, before rejoining the route at Alfold Crossways.From here, you continue along rural lanes as they carve through the luscious Surrey landscape – fields of green and hedge-lined farmland will accompany you as you ride. You can take a small detour from Cox Green to Rudgwick if you need to stock up on snacks. Continuing along the route, you will be fully immersed in peaceful countryside life as you ride along lanes, passing through the occasional forgotten village such as Ellen’s Green and Okewood Hill. After crossing the North River, you will follow Weare Street Gill as it trickles past farmyards and into Capel, a lovely village on the Greensand Ridge. You will find a pub and Indian restaurant in the village and some holiday rentals. Ockley train station, just on the outskirts of the village, has direct train connections to London.
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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. Next, you will pass through Parkgate before heading into the heart of the Mole Valley. After enjoying the tranquil nature for 7 miles (12 km), a small down-hill section will bring you into Charlwood. From here, the route becomes more built-up as you skirt around Gatwick Airport via the Mole River and through Horley. Horley has a huge range of shops and restaurants to stop for lunch and supplies. After Smallfield village, you will soon find yourself once again alone in beautiful landscapes as you ride through the countryside to Lingfield. Known for its horse racing, Lingfield has plenty of things to see and do. You can visit the “cage”, old gaol in the center of the village which was used to hold prisoners until 1882. You will find a few places to eat and various accommodation in the village.
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 to Bletchingley. With 1050 feet (320 meters) in elevation gain, stage four will give you your first taste of the famous Surrey hills. It’s a good idea to stop off for supplies before leaving Lingfield as you will soon find yourself alone in nature outside of the village. For the next 9 miles (15 km) you can enjoy solitary lanes that twist northwards through beautiful landscapes. You will also meet the River Eden multiple times en route. You will cycle slightly uphill as you near Merle Common, a small hamlet on the edge of Oxted. If you are hungry, you could take a small detour to Oxted to grab a bite to eat – the town has many cafes, restaurants and shops. Next, you continue along lanes through the countryside, taking a small detour from the route to visit Godstone. Although you have to climb up and over a small hill to reach the village, it has a lovely lake and various historical buildings that are worth a visit.Backtracking to rejoin the Surrey Cycleway, the final two miles (4 km) are an easy ride to Bletchingley. With pretty medieval buildings and a friendly pub, Bletchingley is a great place to end stage four. You will find a few B&Bs in the village to rest your legs for the night.
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. From Bletchingley, you will ride northwards following quiet roads as they head downhill through the countryside. Shortly after crossing the railway tracks, a small climb will take you into Outwood, a quaint village which is home to England’s oldest working windmill. Continuing along lanes, you will cross over the M25 Motorway and arrive in Reigate after 10 miles (16 km). This thriving town’s history dates back as far as the neolithic era and Roman tile kilns were also found in the area. Today, it is a popular commuter town with plenty of places to stop for food, and direct rail connections with London. A cycle path will lead you out of the town and back into the peaceful countryside. You have now arrived in the glorious North Downs and can enjoy stunning scenery around every corner. After Brokham, you can choose to cycle up Box Hill, famed for its use in the 2012 Olympic cycling races. It is hard going, but great fun if you feel up to it and the views are stunning. You can see as far as London on clear days. Your final destination today is Dorking, a market town nestled between the North Downs, Leith Hill, and Greensand Ridge. The town is known among the cycling community as it hosts the FIA-ranked London-Surrey cycle classic elite every year. In the town, you’ll find a range of accommodation as well as shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs.
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 Dorking, you will join a cycle path along the mainroad and take a small detour to visit Denbies Winery – a sun-soaked vineyard serving internationally-acclaimed English wines.Next, Westhumble village welcomes you with its ruined 12th-century chapel and a beautiful historic train station. There is also a bike shop next to the station which has a great selection touring bikes including Surleys. Make sure you stock up on supplies before leaving Westhumble as you will be riding deep into rural Surrey for the remainder of stage six. You will cycle up into the hills through thick woodland and pretty farmland, stopping off at the impressive Polesden Lacey estate. There’s a cafe here if you’re still hungry. After enjoying the glorious hilly scenery for 12.5 miles (20 km), you will arrive in Shere, a lovely agricultural village. You will find a museum, pubs and shops here, as well as various accommodation. You may recognize the village from films The Holiday and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason which were both filmed here.
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. Next, you will arrive in Shamley Green, a quiet village with two pubs, before continuing on to Wonersh and Bramley. Here, you cycle up and over the edge of Farley Hill – expect fantastic views from the top! The road descends down into Godalming, the starting point of the Surrey Cycleway. But, your adventure hasn’t finished just yet! The Surrey Cycleway continues for another 18 miles (30 km). Cross over the river and back into the countryside, taking a small detour to visit Loseley Park. The final leg of your journey follows undulating hills through more of Surrey’s green heartland and history before arriving in Farnham, your final destination. As one of the largest towns in Surrey, there is no shortage of things to see and do in Farnham: visit the ruined Waverley Abbey, explore Mother Ludlam’s Cave or simply relax in a cafe with a big slice of cake – you’ve earned it. Farnham has direct rail connections with London Waterloo to help you get home. Trains take just over an hour. For train tickets and timetables, visit: thetrainline.com/stations/farnham