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Surrey Hills (South-East England) loop from Dorking – Train to Trail

Surrey Hills (South-East England) loop from Dorking – Train to Trail

23.9 mi
7.2 mph
1,925 ft
1,925 ft
Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.


More information

Includes a segment in which cycling is forbidden

You will have to dismount and push your bike.

403 yd in total

The surface along some of this Tour may not be suitable.

Some segments of your route comprise a surface that may not be suitable for your chosen sport.

1.04 mi in total

Tour Overview

Starting Point
8.91 mi

Barry Knows Best

Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

11.4 mi

Yoghurt Pots

Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

11.9 mi

Telegraph Road

Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

18.4 mi

Summer Lightning

Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

23.9 mi



Tour Profile


Singletrack: 11.1 mi
Path: 5.41 mi
Cycleway: 0.83 mi
Street: 2.25 mi
Road: 3.04 mi
State Road: 1.27 mi


Natural: 6.49 mi
Unpaved: 7.85 mi
Gravel: 1.93 mi
Paved: 2.67 mi
Asphalt: 4.16 mi
Unknown: 0.78 mi

Weather Forecast

Katherine Moore planned a mountain bike ride.

April 2, 2020


  • Katherine Moore

    For anyone living in London or the South-East of England, the gorgeous Surrey Hills are the go-to for cracking mountain biking trails. With a number of built trails on Holmbury, Pitch, Winterfold and Leith Hill, there’s more than enough for a great day’s riding. Besides the built trails, there’s also loads more natural riding, gravel roads and linking bridleways to explore. This circular route makes it easy for you, starting and finishing at the train station in Dorking, a direct route out from central London. Covering 23.8 miles (38.4 km) starting by traversing the North Downs Way before heading south for the Surrey Hills, it's a great choice for a big day trip, or a more leisurely-paced (or more sessioning on the trails) weekender. You’ll find a brilliant choice of campsites, guesthouses, hotels, and youth hostels including Holmbury St Mary YHA all within a short riding distance of the trails. From Dorking, head out west, ramping straight up onto Ranmore Common on the North Downs. You’ll follow the route of the North Downs Way to start (check out more here komoot.com/collection/914765/the-best-of-surrey-and-kent-off-road-north-downs-way). From this high vantage point you’ll enjoy spectacular views to the south, over the hills and trails that you’ll soon be right in the heart of. After taking the trail alongside Ranmore Common Road, drop down off the hillside via the unpaved Drove Road, past the pretty village of Abinger Hammer and up between the houses as you start to climb up to Holmbury Hill. There’s no less than three built and fully waymarked trails here for you to enjoy; Barry Knows Best, Yoghurt Pots and Telegraph Road. Although you can ride these on a rigid bike, you’ll really appreciate some suspension here. Take a single run of each or loop back for multiple runs. The next leg takes you up to Leith Hill, where you can take the Summer Lightning from the Leith Tower at the top all the way back down to the north off the hillside. At 2.3 miles (3.6 km) it’s a trail that just keeps on giving! The final section of this Tour takes you back to the train station in Dorking around the outskirts of Westcott. Check out more about this area of trails here: surreyhillsmountainbiking.co.uk.

    • April 3, 2020

Katherine Moore

Surrey Hills (South-East England) loop from Dorking – Train to Trail