Surrey Hills Cycle Routes

Some of our regular routes are listed below. All of them are downloadable via a GPX file to your GPS device or smartphone, we can also provide printed maps and advice on routes on bike collection. All these routes start and finish in the village of Hambledon. The off road routes are cross country and use a combination of quiet country roads, bridleways and forest tracks.

The nearest “official” mountain bike trails are at Peaslake (30 minutes drive from Hambledon) and Leith Hill (35 minutes drive from Hambledon). Click here for more information about accessing the Leith Hill and Peaslake mountain bike trails.

Off Road

Route 1 - Dunsfold, The Wey & Arun Canal and Hascombe Hill (35km - 3.5 to 4 hours)
Route 2 - Chiddingfold, Blackdown, Shillinglee and Upper Vann (35km - 3.5 to 4 hours)
Route 3 - Hambledon, Witley, Thursley and Hankley Commons, Devil's Punchbowl, Chiddingfold, Dunsfold and Upper Vann (39km - 3.5 to 4 hours)
Route 4 - Bowlhead Green, Thursley Common, Witley Common and Busses Common (24km - 2 to 2.5 hours)
Route 5 - Shackleford, Tilford, Hankley Common, Thursley Common (44km - 5 to 6 hours)
Route 6 - Dunsfold, Sidney Wood, Wey South Path, Loxwood (31km - 4 to 5 hours)

On Road

Route 7 - Hambledon, Box Hill, Coldharbour, Leith Hill (91km - 4 to 5 hours)

Route 1 (off road) - Dunsfold, The Wey & Arun Canal and Hascombe Hill (3.5 to 4 hours)

This route of around 22 miles (35km) starts by leaving Hambledon on a quiet country road where you can get used to your bike. Then heads into the woods south of Dunsfold, before following the Wey & Arun canal north through some wonderful quiet countryside to the Three Compasses pub. From there we’ll head north to do a circuit of Hascombe Hill ending at The White Horse in Hascombe. Finally we’ll climb up onto the Greensand Way to return to Hambledon. Around 80% of the route is off-road and the total ascent is 517m.

Route map on plotaroute.com.

Download a GPX file for this route.

Route 2 (off road) - Chiddingfold, Blackdown, Shillinglee and Upper Vann (3.5 to 4 hours)

This route of around 22 miles (35km) starts by leaving Hambledon on a back road to Chiddingfold where you can get used to your bike. Then heads up Blackdown for some of the best views in the South of England, before heading down to the quintessential English village of Lurgashall and the Noah’s Ark pub. From there we’ll head north through woodland through Shillinglee. Finally we’ll climb up to the hidden hamlet of Upper Vann to return to Hambledon. Around 70% of the route is off-road and the total ascent is 611m.

Route map on plotaroute.com.

Download a GPX file for this route.

Route 3 (off road) - Hambledon, Witley, Thursley and Hankley Commons, Devil's Punchbowl, Chiddingfold, Dunsfold and Upper Vann (3.5 to 4 hours)

This route of around 24 miles (39km) starts by crossing Hambledon Common where you can get used to your bike. Then across Witley, Thursley and Hankley Commons. From Hankley Common we’ll head south to the Devil’s Punchbowl and up Gibbet Hill, then drop down to Grayswood. A cross-country route to Chiddingfold and then on to Dunsfold. From Dunsfold we’ll take a scenic route around the back of Vann House. Finally we’ll climb up to the hidden hamlet of Upper Vann to return to Hambledon. Around 80% of the route is off-road and the total ascent is 619m.

Route map on plotaroute.com.

Download a GPX file for this route.

Route 4 (off road) - Bowlhead Green, Thursley Common, Witley Common and Busses Common (2 to 2.5 hours)

This route of around 15 miles (24km) starts on quiet paths and roads to Bowlhead Green. Then follows bridleways around Thursley National Nature Reserve. From there the route crosses over into Witley Common and returns to Hambledon via Busses Common. Around 70% of the route is off-road and the total ascent is 363m.

Route map on plotaroute.com.

Download a GPX file for this route.

Route 5 (off road) - Shackleford, Tilford, Hankley Common, Thursley Common (5 to 6 hours)

This route of around 27 miles (44km) is a full day out, but takes in seven pubs, a brewery and three cafes, so you won’t be short of sustenance. It starts by heading north from Hambledon to cross the A3 at Eashing, then heads towards Shackelford. You now go cross country to Tilford before heading south to Frensham Big Pond. From here you start heading east across Hankley and Thursley Commons, cross the A3 and head back towards Hambledon. Around 80% of the route is off-road and the total ascent is 589m.

Route map on plotaroute.com.

Download a GPX file for this route.

Route 6 (off road) - Loxhill, Dunsfold, Sidney Wood, Loxwood, Hog Wood, Tugely Wood (4 to 5 hours)

This route of around 19 miles (31km) tries to avoid the worst of the mud and is relatively flat, so is a good option if it’s been wet. It starts by across to Dunsfold on a farm track, then heads south east through Sidney Wood before taking the Wey South path and the Wey and Arun canal path to Loxwood and The Onslow Arms. The return route takes you through Hog Wood and Tugley Wood before returning to Hambledon. Around 60% of the route is off-road and the total ascent is 310m. You can download a more detailed description here.

Route map on plotaroute.com.

Download a GPX file for this route.

Route 7 (on road) - Box Hill, Coldharbour, Leith Hill (4 to 5 hours)

This route of around 57 miles (92km) heads from Hambledon to Bramley, over to Ranmore Common, then takes in the iconic Surrey Hills climbs of Box Hill, Coldharbour and Leith Hill before heading back to Hambledon via Dunsfold. The total ascent is 1400m.

Route map on plotaroute.com.

Download a GPX file for this route.

The Mountain Bike Trails at Peaslake and Leith Hill

The nearest “official” mountain bike trails to Hambledon are at Peaslake and Leith Hill, but note these are not trail centres and there is only one way-marked trail (Summer Lightning at Leith Hill).

Peaslake (The Hurtwood)
Peaslake is a 30 minute drive from Hambledon (or an 80 minute cycle). There’s a great Mountain Bike Shop there, Pedal and Spoke, but they don’t currently offer rentals. The trails at Holmbury, Pitch and Winterfold are short and well built but are not marked. There’s a lot of information on the various tarils on the TrailForks site, here are links for two of the better know trails, Barry Knows Best and Yoghurt Pots. They get very busy at the weekends. The best way to access them is to head for Hurtwood Car Park 2 at Walking Bottom in the village of Peaslake.

Leith Hill
Just down the road from Peaslake and accesible from the Peaslake trails by bridleway, is the Summer Lightning trail at Leith Hill. The trail starts near the Tower at the top of Leith Hill on the North side just below the green. The best way to access it is to park at Redlands Parking on Abinger Road near the village of Coldharbour.