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North Downs

Average Rating:    (4.29 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

Ranging from clear open bridelways, rutted singletrack through woods, rolling hills, small country lanes & farm tracks
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Latitude
51.22548537163288
Longitude
-0.36769866943359375
Trail Directions
Get Landrager 187 OS map (1:50000)Find a route using the many, many paths and bridleways and ride
Trail Length
as long as you want 20miles is a good distance
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Unknown
City/County
Dorking, Surrey
   


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Review Date
June 16, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: daniellesheridan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The Surrey Hills and The North Downs contain some of the most technically demanding singletrack in the South-East. Trails like Summer Lightning, Barry Knows Best, Caspers, Yoghurt Pots, Waggle Dance and Christmas Pub will test your skills to the limit.

The trails on of Leith Hill, Holmbury Hill and Pitch Hill dry quickly due to the sandy geology and whilst not particularly rocky, there are plenty of challenging rooty trails which can be attacked in the dry and deserve some serious respect in the wet.

The North Downs, due to the chalk geology dry a little slower and can be slippery when wet. There's plenty of single track to be found around Mickleham Downs, Box Hill, Norbury Park, Ranmore Common and beyond if you know where to look.

Recommended Route:
If you are looking to be guided around this outstandingly beautiful area, with some of the most challenging riding in the South-East, look no further than Surrey Hills Mountain Bike Guides.

Surrey Hills Mountain Bike Guides

We are your Local Mountain Bike Guiding Association for The Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and cover a large area from Newlands Corner in the West to Reigate Hill in the East.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
We Are the Experts in the best XC, singletrack and freeride trails across Leith Hill, Holmbury Hill, Pitch Hill, Winterfold Woods and beyond. We know where the trails are and, most importantly, how to connect them together into a challenging and flowing ride.

We also provide mountain bike skills coaching through our parent company Astounding Adventures:

Astounding Adventures



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daniellesheridan (06/16/2010)
Links for the above review:

Mountain Bike Guiding - http://www.surreyhillsmountainbikeguides.co.uk

Mountain Bike Coaching - http://www.astoundingadventures.co.uk/mtb
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Review Date
September 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Richard ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The Surrey Hills are one of the premier mountain biking areas you are likely to ride and all on London's doorstep. In the last year I have ridden in Bolivia, NZ, Oz, Canada, Morzine, Coed-y, and Nant-y-arin. All have some great trails but it has been by no means a dissappointment to return Home to Hombury.The riding is a unique blend of flowimg single track, Gnarly descents, Technical climbs all interspersed with plenty of play areas including jump sites and (despite efforts to thwart) a little bit of North shore.
You can find it all yourself if you have a spare decade or so - if not join eitehr a Private Group Ride or an open group ride with Surrey Hills All Terrain Bike Tours (all.bikedup.com). Two or three rides with us and you'll get to see all of the secret trails (well almost).

Recommended Route:
Where to start? Check out Holmbury over to Peaslake and on to Pitch Hill or going East head to RedLands Via Leith Hill. If you like a little carnage White Down is always good for a giggle but remember - no blubbing!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Join us and see.



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Review Date
August 30, 2000

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Joe , from UK

Summary:
Definitely the best riding within easy reach of London, in the long evenings of May, June and July you can catch a train from Waterloo straight after work and grab a couple of hours riding before it gets dark. This is when the area is at its best because its virtually empty - which brings me onto the downside. At weekends this area is really busy with redsocked ramblers, horse riders, bike riders and people out for a sunday stroll. If you're going to go, go early and stay away from Leith Hill because it is really busy. and for pete's sake don't travel in a huge group like a flock of sheep; you look stupid, its really anti-social and you give riders a bad name in the area. Already a couple of the best trail sections have been closed (made footpath only) because of misuse. Best to take a sick day and enjoy it during the week :)

Recommended Route:
There are so many good tracks in this area that the fun is in just taking a map (OS 187 - you can read a map can't you?) and finding and linking them yourself. Holmbury has the best 'hidden' single tracks and some fun little chutes off the eastern side. If you ride west from Dorking along the ridge and then drop down it to the south you'll find some fast rutted downhills which are fun in the dry and 'challenging' in the wet. I've been riding in this area on and off for 5 years and still finding new (to me) little sections to link well tried routes.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There's some fun stuff along the south downs ridge and some longer rides too if you want to clock up some miles. Try starting from Amberley or Petersfield (both on BR) and find your own routes.



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Review Date
August 29, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jay , from london

Summary:
This is the BEST place to ride if you live in S/SW london and Surrey, However the popularity of the area is leading to groups of over Twenty riders heading off down the single track which is not really legal, probably. This causes bother with local people who jump on the excuse to have a moan write to the council etc.
If your going keep it small and quiet if your off the bridalways and do us all a favour.

Recommended Route:
Holmbury and Pitch are less crowded and offer better single track than Leith, Leith is longer and faster though. There is some great single track at the top of Holmbury.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nah!



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Review Date
August 23, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Malc Grey , from Woking

Summary:
Approx route - use OS map to pick the best trails. Park S of Shere. Head towards Friday Street on roads/bridleways. Next valley after F. Street cross & ascend hill opposite, then right South towards the main ridge, right again along ridge, past cricket ground, over Leith Hill. Down from Leith towards Holmbury St Mary (good descent on Bridleway), up onto Holmbury Hill, down to Peaslake (part road), up onto Pitch Hill, to summit. Steep DH from summit to road by pub - iffy in the wet! Contour below hill to next rd, down rd, R after big house, R after farm & up s'track back onto ridge, cross road. Straight down excellent s'track bridleway keeping to valley floor. Use roads or bridleways back to car.
Approx 21 miles with endless variations but lots of up & down (2800ft climbing - & descending!)

Recommended Route:
Anything over the Leith Hill, Holmbury Hill, Pitch Hill etc area. Good cross country circuits can be made starting near Shere or Abinger Hammer.
Suitable for intermediate to expert riders, but quite hilly if you do the lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Any variation over North Downs.



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