Distance: 10 Miles Difficulty: Medium
These Surrey hills have been walked and cycled for many years, but in 2012 they were made famous by the UK Tour de France cycle race winner Bradley Wiggins. He came to the London 2012 Olympics from France and won gold in this area. This route although it has a few roads on it, Bradley would not have felt comfortable on his expensive skinny tyred road bike. This my friends is a great route for your mountain bike and has been sent in by new subscriber, Peter Black.
The Abinger Hatch at Abinger Common boasts a large car park, and the landlord does not mind you starting here as long as you return for a refreshment. This pub has some great food, great ales and is cycle friendly, dog friendly and child friendly. It boasts a huge beer garden which really is a treat in the summer after a long cycle ride. This village some say is the oldest in England, and the medieval stocks outside the church add to that statement.
This bike ride is not flat anywhere, so be warned. The Surrey Hills are accurately named. Head from the pub across the road and immediately follow the trail through Pasture Wood until you get to the road, head left and into the village of Holmbury St Mary. Head towards the village hall and then enter Hurt Wood. There are so many trails in here, that you can almost ride this every day and not do the same bike route twice. The beauty of these woods is you can do what you and your bike want to do, trails, hills, and even jumps.
So why not just follow your nose, listen to your legs, take in a few more hills and miles; or you can download our map to your device and follow that around until you pop back out Holmbury again.
Follow the road back to the exit of Pasture wood but do not turn left, head straight until you reach Abinger Lane, then head left and finish where you started.