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The Surrey Hills – MTB day trips from London

The Surrey Hills – MTB day trips from London

Difficult
03:16
23.5 mi
7.2 mph
1,975 ft
1,975 ft
Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

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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
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Barry Knows Best

Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

11.1 mi
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Yoghurt Pots

Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

11.6 mi
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Telegraph Road

Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

18.0 mi
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Summer Lightning

Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

23.5 mi
Destination

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Singletrack: 10.6 mi
Path: 5.33 mi
Cycleway: 0.83 mi
Street: 2.25 mi
Road: 3.25 mi
State Road: 1.27 mi

Surfaces

Natural: 6.79 mi
Unpaved: 7.46 mi
Gravel: 1.47 mi
Paved: 2.64 mi
Asphalt: 4.39 mi
Unknown: 0.78 mi

Weather Forecast

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Katherine Moore planned a mountain bike ride.

July 3, 2020

Comments

  • Katherine Moore

    Not far at all from Central London, the Surrey Hills are the weekend go-to for many urban riders seeking ace mountain biking trails. You'll find built, official trails on Holmbury, Pitch, Winterfold and Leith Hill, and there’s more than enough for a great day’s riding. Besides those, there’s also loads more natural riding, gravel tracks and linking bridleways to explore by mountain bike or even on a gravel bike if you prefer.This loop from the train station in Dorking makes this day trip super simple, with a direct train line out from Central London. You'll cover 23.8 miles (38.4 km), starting by climbing along the North Downs Way before turning south into the Surrey Hills, which makes it a great choice for a big day trip, or a more leisurely-paced weekender. With a great choice of campsites, guesthouses, hotels, and youth hostels all within a riding distance of the trails, it would almost be rude not to!From your start point in Dorking, head west out of the town straight up onto Ranmore Common on the North Downs. Follow the route of the North Downs Way to start (more at komoot.com/collection/914765/the-best-of-surrey-and-kent-off-road-north-downs-way). From way up here, you’ll enjoy extensive views to the south, looking right down over the hills and trails that you’ll be enjoying next!Down off the hillside from Ranmore Common Road on the unpaved Drove Road, past gorgeous Abinger Hammer and then start your climb on Holmbury Hill.With three built and fully signposted trails here; Barry Knows Best, Yoghurt Pots and Telegraph Road, you could spend hours sessioning these! Up next you'll make your way over to Leith Hill, taking the trail Summer Lightning from the top at the Leith Tower all the way back down off the hillside. At 2.3 miles (3.6 km) it’s a trail that just keeps on giving!You'll round off the loop back to the station in Dorking by riding around the outskirts of Westcott.

    • July 3, 2020

  • Craig Haughan

    Excellent fun route, just did this today. Lots of single track. But watch out for the Insanely steep section it is well ... insane and you need to be fit to get your bike up it (even walking). Don’t look down you have been warned!! The rest is very rideable providing your fit. There is a great pub in approx the middle of the ride just after the “footpath” section which I stopped off at for lunch and extra hydration.

    • July 17, 2020

  • Katherine Moore

    Glad to hear it Craig! Was that the push-up after Barry Knows Best?

    • July 17, 2020

  • Craig Haughan

    It was indeed!!

    • July 17, 2020

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The Surrey Hills – MTB day trips from London