Having decided recently to travel a little further afield, over my usual local XC bimbles, I have begun to explore the trails of the Surrey Hills. Being little over an hour from my home in Andover, Peaslake has become a regular destination for me.
I’ve read plenty of information on the area and watched a number of videos on YouTube, I have however found that there is little in the way of official guides on where to ride and the suitability of individual trails for my skill level. I understand that only a few of the named trails are official trails, and the area is not a trail centre, however a bit of guidance wouldn’t go amiss.
The three main areas, or at least those I know about from my research, are Pitch Hill, Holmbury Hill and Leith Hill. The first two directly accessible from the village of Peaslake. From what I have found, all the areas are a mass maze of trails, all joined up by bridle ways and fire roads. There is certainly plenty to get your teeth into.
With no way markers, apart from the Summer Lightning trail on Leith Hill, I have found the only way to navigate is to map out a route before hand and use a GPS device to follow my planned route. So far this has been a good way to start, but I plan to spend a few days simply exploring.
Overtime I hope to discover as many of the trails and hidden gems as I can and document them for others. This will include downloadable routes in .GPX format, as well as details about individual trails, how to find them and the level of skill required to get the most out of them. To accompany this I plan to record POV videos of each trail I ride on my YouTube channel as a new series – MTB Trails of the Surrey Hills. I’d love it if you could check out my channel and leave me some likes, and subscribe if you like my videos 🙂
Check out our Routes section on this site, I’ve already added my first route round Holmbury Hill and this is where we will be adding details, along with downloadable .GPX files, of routes across the UK.