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Reigate to Box Hill Circuit

Average Rating:    (4.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

3 hour circuit comprising technical ascents, descents and fast singletrack - not for the faint hearted or beginners as there are many opportunities for error.
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Latitude
51.17934297928927
Longitude
-0.391387939453125
Trail Directions
Take M25 J8, straight across roundabout (towards Reigate) keeping in left hand lane. Road bears left towards Merstham and immediately turn right into signposted picnic area (brown picnic sign). Park anywhere near the tea van. (2 minutes from J8 turn off)
Trail Length
20-25 Miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Reigate, Surrey
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
March 24, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Will , from Locally

Summary:
Bit of grassy hard pack stuff, but mainly chalky, rocky, stony, rutted stuff. Not the best in the wet but probably rideable and enjoyable. For all XC styles, escpecially agressive riders and those who enjoy singletrack and hills (both going up and down them!) About 20 - 25 miles but dont quote me on that im not sure. Nice views as well, many good places to stop for a break. Dog walkers arent ,much of a problem, but trhe odd horse needs watching out for, they can get very scared, very easily!! Enjoy it!

Recommended Route:
The best starting place is the car park on top of Reigate Hill, just off J8 of the M25. There are brown signs pointing you there. Cross the bridge next to the hut and continue straight along the North Downs for 3-4 miles. ( Simple enough and relatively easy tracks, can be very busy at weekends)
Many trail options will appear - stick to the straight bridleways signed 'North Downs Way'. Where the path you are on crosses over another track ( and it is very rooty ), turn right (slightly uphill) and follow the rutted trail. Turn left by a house onto some quite narrow singletrack for 1/2 mile and turn right onto the new path. At end of singletrack cross main road onto another bridleway (directly opposite). Follow this singletrack, bearing left where possible, until you climb a hill (still single track - the hill is quite slow and a bit gravelly) after the hill continue straight until you come out by a cricket pitch. (Headley Heath). Grab a break over the road at the car park and follow the bridleway there, you will have to go through the gates for the animals. Keep following the track till you reach an obvious junction with about 5 options. I personally recommend the amazing singletrack (ahead and a bit to the left - a bit overgrown 2 begin with). If you prefer a rutted downhill then keep with the bridle way and go on straight ahead. Both of these options come out along the same track/road and this leads up to a very tough climb. Follow it up to the top and at the top down a very hairy descent. At the bottom, turn right along the road and cycle along it (pass the Smith and Western) and keep going, past the viewpoint and turn off at the main National Trust car park and refreshments building (expensive) From here go to the car park at the back (not tarmaced) and if you look you will see a rutted bridleway disappearing down the hill. (This rocks compared to the grass footpath running next to and above it) At the bottom is a road with sign posts for DORKING (left) and MICKLEHAM (right). Forget these and turn around as if climbing back up the downhill you just did, but instead climb up the grassy path that will take you leisurely back up the hill again.Keep stuck to the bridlepath and follow it all the way back up. Look for some amazing singletrack on the right (not heading down the sides but along them) If you can locate these then enjoy them to the fullest! Keep aiming uphill and you will find yourself back in the Smith and Western car park! Go on to the road (right turn) and cycle along until you see the bridleway that you came from origionally. Just follow that back onto the North Downs and eventually back to the car park on Reigate Hill! Check out the OS Explorer 146 (orange) map for a 1:25,000 plan of this route

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Try reversing it?



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Review Date
October 10, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Warren , from Surrey

Summary:
There's a great descent through the woods on Box Hill. It's mainly fast singletrack but it gets littered with debris after storms (logs, branches, animals) cos all the trees are dead! Find the Smith and Western restaurant and head directly opposite the front door, into the woods and bear right. It's pretty well hidden...!

Recommended Route:
Pretty much the same route, but definitely check out the chalky downhill (just go left from the Astrodome thing on the top of Reigate hill and you'll find it). If you can make it back this beast in one then you're doing well. DON'T EVEN BOTHER IF IT'S WET!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ranmore Common has some insane descents and someone has turned a quarry there into a freeride zone for the truly deranged. Also, just see what you can find on Leith Hill and Holmbury Hill (but watch out for the ramblers).



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Review Date
October 13, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Jason , from Croydon

Summary:
We ride this route every now and again, but tend to drop off the sides of Reigate Hill down the bridleways then climb back up and carry on to the next. The one at Mole whatever-it-is is excellent, has a sign at the top recommending cyclists walk - always a good sign (pardon the pun). Also, instead of riding up the Zig Zag onto Box Hill, ride up the bridleway climb; it's tougher but at least it's offroad.

Recommended Route:
Same as last review but with added Downhills

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There's loads of excellent trails between Croydon and the M25 (believe it or not). If you want to find out where, you could contact www.addiscombecc.freeserve.co.uk; a bunch of us go out on Sundays around the local trails



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Review Date
January 26, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jon Mitchell , from Portsmouth

Summary:
Fast, furious circuit that is ideal in all weather conditions with some screaming descents.
Many trail options not covered here that you can find as you explore further.
Not recommended for beginners - you really must wear a helmet for this route.
Keep off the footpaths, you can do the whole route on bridleways.

Recommended Route:
Start from the Reigate Hill car park mentioned in the directions. Cross the bridge next to the tea van and continue straight along the North Downs for 3-4 miles.
Many trail options will appear - stick to the straight bridleways signed 'North Downs Way'. At a T juction, turn right (slightly uphill) and follow the rutted trail. Turn left at the end onto some V narrow singletrack for 1/2 mile. * At end of singletrack cross main road onto another bridleway (you'll have to hunt for it a bit, it's slightly on the right). Follow this singletrack, bearing left where possible, until you climb a hill - after the hill continue straight until you come to a tea van (Headley Heath). Grab a tea and follow the bridleway down an amazing descent, up the other side (hard climb) and turn right at the top down a very hairy singletrack descent. At the bottom, cross the road and climb (too steep and slippery to ride) up a hill until you are on top (Micklehah Gallops). Turn left across the top and continue until you see a bridleway signed going down. Do this downhill (awesome - technical) until you hit the road. Now turn right and find the 'zig zag' road up the side of Box Hill. Climb this (hard climb) to the top. Grab a tea at the hut.
Follow the road down Box Hill towards Headley and Reigate until you see the road you crossed earlier (marked by a * in this text) and this will take you back onto the North Downs Way and eventually back to the Reigate Hill car park.
Check out the OS Explorer (orange) maps for a 1:25,000 plan of this route.
Or, mail me for better directions.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Try reversing the route, or going past Box Hill continuing to Ranmore Common (Guildford)



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