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Routes can be altered to suit rider mix and conditions, usually on a Thursday. Please see our Calendar Page for Ride Dates.

Please let us know if you are coming along, either by texting the leader stated below the day before, especially if it is your first time

Effectively this means that we can tailor rides to suit if we know who is coming, for example factoring in a coffee stop! If there are just a few of us we might meet up closer to the participants if the chosen route passes nearby, or even pick people up on the way. If emailing please be aware that our mailbox is not checked daily, it's easier to call or text.

Ride Descriptions and levels:

Banstead Breeze

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Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am start at the CP at the top of Wray Lane, Reigate.
Close Sat Nav post code RH2 0HX. The pointer on the map below is not exactly correct, the CP is at the very top of the road. You can park on the road, if the CP is full. There is currently no charge but come prepared in case they change this. Please note Wray Lane is one way and so the CP can only be accessed from the Reigate Hill end. A variation on 'Walton Wanderer', developed by Alan, this meandering 12 mile route (although there are longer and shorter options) takes us into some hidden corners of Mogador and Kingswood, before returning via Banstead Heath. The majority of this ride is off road; with some rough paths and some parts that will be muddy after rain; there are also some very short slippery chalk sections which we can avoid or walk if necessary. On the plus side we get a lot of wonderful views, a pub (the Sportsman) and the coffee shop at the top of Wray Lane! One steep stony hill, with some more undulating sections/climbs. Around 12 miles.
Not suitable for road bikes

Betchworth Burp - Steady +

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Meet 9:45am for 10:00am at The Sportsman, Mogador Road, Lower Kingswood, KT20 7ES. A combination of something old, new, borrowed and backwards. A slightly longer ride but follows easy bridlepaths, country lanes and protected cycleways so is not taxing, although we tackle Reigate Hill towards the end, but this is broken into doable bite sized chunks. Includes the wonderful long downhill of Lodgebottom Road and the opportunity of a diversion to see the hidden Betchworth Castle. Approx 16.5 miles.
Mountain bikes and hybrids.

Bewl Water & optional Bedgebury Park - Ride Steady or Well, depending on your choices

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Meet 9:00am for a 9:15am departure from the top of Wray Lane, Reigate, in the CP.
The journey down to the Bull Inn at Three Leg Cross, Ticehurst takes approx 1 hour by car. From there we do a circuit of the lake, about 15 miles in distance. Although this is a lake, and you would have thought it would be all be flat, there is a section which pulls away from the lake as there is a Nature Reserve we can't ride through, and that part is distinctly hilly! We enjoy beautiful riding through picturesque lanes, lap up the views across the lake and absorb ourselves in the lovely countryside. The ground can be rutted and bumpy around the lake and there are some small up and downs to enjoy. After a good lunch at the Bull we then turn our attention to Bedgebury, although you are free to just enjoy Bewl Water and then return home. The CP charges £10 per car here. The singletrack is challenging but lots of fun- a series of named rides with different features. Alternatively you can enjoy the family trails and take it much easier, or just do a selection of the singletrack trails- it's up to you! You'll be tired at the end but wearing a big smile I hope. There is a cafe there to refuel before we go home. Info here.

Blackheath Bop - Ride Steady

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CP at Albury Heath 9:45am for 10:00am
This is the summer version of our Shamley Green shuffle, but adding in two large sections of off road, one through Blackheath Forest, and one near the village of Shamley Green. We also leave out the long road section from the pub through Albury. Further route details to follow.

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William IV pub, Albury, GU5 9DG at 6:50pm for a 7:05pm start. Their CP is pretty small and so the management have asked that we block each other in when parking.
Not suitable for road bikes.

Bletchingly & Beyond - Ride Steady/Well

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PUB RIDE: 6:15pm for a 6:30pm start. Meet at the Bell Inn, Outwood Lane, Redhill, Surrey RH1 5PN

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DAYTIME RIDE: Meet at 10.15 for a 10.30 start at Outwood Windmill, Gayhouse Lane, Outwood, RH1 5PP. (This is so the pub is open when we get back!) This is a really lovely route of 11.5 miles from Outwood Windmill, up to Bletchingly along the road through rolling fields and then a long climb up to the A25. Phew, that's the worst bit over! Once we have had a breather we turn along Rabies Heath Road, up a bit more, then down, down, down through pretty farms and along beautiful fields and woods to Whitewood at Horne. A last climb up Horne Court Hill or up through the adjacent woods brings us back to Outwood and on to the Bell, where we can rest our legs and enjoy a well deserved spot of refreshment. 11.5 miles. Some hills. Some rough tracks. Will be muddy in winter.
Not suitable for road bikes.

Bookham Danno (revised) - Ride Steady

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Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am start at the National Trust The Plains CP.
Directions: From Bookham Station, and with the station on your R, drive a little further down the road to the bend, turn sharp R into a narrow lane called The Approach, postcode KT23 3BF. Follow this narrow road over a small hump back bridge across the railway and the small NT CP is on the R. We might have to double park. This 13 mile ride has some lovely stretches of countryside as we visit Great Bookham Common and the rolling fields between Fetcham and Leatherhead. We also visit the disused Wisley Airfield and take a look at the Chatley Heath Semaphore Tower at Ockham Common. On our return journey before we reach the glories of Great Mornshill Wood we have to negotiate a stretch of pretty gooey mud in wet weather, so bring shoes you can get filthy! 13 miles. 50% off road in winter, 60% in summer, mostly field and dirt tracks with one section of 100m ish of gooey mud in wet conditions. A 3/4 mile section of rooty but dry heathland across Ockham Common. Roads are mostly quiet lanes or no through roads with one mile on Ockham Road which is busier. Total ascent 527feet.
Not suitable for road bikes (thin smooth tyres).

Box Hill Boneshaker - Ride Well

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Meeting point for regular weekday rides: 9:45am for 10:00am Car Park at Ryka's cafe at the bottom of Box Hill, Mickleham, Dorking RH5 6BY.

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Meeting point for Pub Ride: 10:30am for 10:45am (slightly later than usual) The Cock Inn, Church Lane, Headley, Epsom, KT18 6LE.

This approx 9 mile ride has a challenging optional hill in it, as befits a nod to the Olympics! The route to the top of Box Hill can be either the much tougher track which takes no prisoners on its straight path to the top, OR the easier route up the famous Zig Zag road at Box Hill which can be achieved by most regular riders. The Zig Zag is a very steady and fairly gentle gradient, but it does go on a bit! It is nothing that anyone who has ridden our pub rides before need worry about; added to that is the superb new surface made for the Olympians which makes it very 'do-able' by most. Remember, we always wait for our slower riders. The only other section which needs consideration is the downhill coming off Headley Heath. This is steep in places, rutted and stony. Unless you are a technical rider you will need to walk down this stretch. Hybrid riders will probably need to walk this too. After Headley and its short section of hill, we turn left heading west towards Juniper Hill. This long byway is a great ride although there may be a few muddy patches and it can be stony & rough. Coming down to the bottom of Box Hill is a steep section and back to our cars if on the weekday ride. On the pub ride we take our time and ease up the Zig Zag from there. The weekday ride starts with this climb. We will also travel through Box Hill village and then turn back towards Headley using the bridleway to High Ashurst outdoors centre. Here we have the steep and narrow downward section mentioned previously, before turning up the picturesque Lodgebottom road to the pub if on the pub ride (to our well deserved food & beverages!) or joining the long byway back down to Ryka's if not. 9 miles. 906 ft ascent. Rough & stony sections. 1 steep descent.
Mountain bikes and experienced riders on hybrids with care.

Brockham & Betchworth Bunny Hop - Ride Steady

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Meet at 9.45 for a 10.00 start at Flanchford Road CP, Flanchford Road, Reigate RH2 8AA. Come up Flanchford Road from the A25 and the CP is on the R & L (we usually park on the L, but it doesn't matter) before you get to the turning to the Golf Club. Join us for a delightful 12 mile or so ride out towards Dorking and around Brockham & Betchworth. This ride is largely flat and a relatively easy ride, although there are three noticeable climbs; mostly steady, although the long shallow climb to meet Punchbowl Lane is on a track which can be muddy, so can feel like exercise! With that in mind, time permitting, general consensus and good weather, there is an option to extend for a further 2 miles along another excellent bridleway. We'll see on the day! We will see some lovely quiet parts of this area, some beautiful rural landscapes and ride at least two well surfaced bridleways. Optional coffee at the Skimmington Castle afterwards! Some steady hills. Some stony/muddy parts. Between 11- 14 miles.
Not suitable for road bikes (thin smooth tyres).

Capel Canter - Ride Steady

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Meet at 9.45 for a 10.00 start in Capel in the Village Memorial Hall CP on the corner of Mortimer Road and the main road through the village, The Street. Sat Nav postcode RH5 5LB. Grid Ref : TQ176407. Capel is accessed either via Leigh & Newdigate - the short pretty way or via Dorking and the A24, the fast longer way! Please do not use the pub car park. Join us on an attractive, gently undulating circuit of about 12 miles, utilising part of the Surrey Cycle Way, including a visit to the Surrey Wildlife Trust's Vann Lake and the two small villages of Wallis Wood & Okewood Hill. Mostly well surfaced tracks or quiet roads, however there are two short sections of bridleway which may be a little gooey after rain. There is also a train track and the main A24 to cross twice; once on a cycle path, but once crossing via a roundabout. A longer option can be done in finer weather including a ford across the (small) River Pisley, west of Ockley, which is fun! Mild undulations, including a long but very gentle climb along Weare Street.
Not suitable for road bikes (thin smooth tyres).

Caterham Ridge Runner - Ride Steady

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Meet 9:45am for 10:00am start at The Fox Pub, Coulsdon Common, Fox Ln, Caterham CR3 5QS. We had first to Chaldon, then along the ridge of the North Downs enjoying the views all the way to Grangers Hill, Woldingham via the viewpoint at Gravely Hill. From there we dive back down into Marden Park, returning to The Fox via Whyteleafe and a loop of Kenley Aerodrome. The ride is a mix of road, dirt and often mud with lots of ups (puff) and downs (woohoo). 14 to 16 miles with around 1200ft in ascent.
MTB's only

Chaldon Challenge - Well+

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Meet at the slightly later time of 10.00 for a 10.15 start at The Harrow pub, 235 Stanstead Road, Chaldon, Caterham, CR3 6AJ. This is to ensure the pub is open when we get back, as it doesn't open its doors until 12.00. The pub has kindly agreed that we can use their car park to leave the cars in. Named for a reason, this 10 mile figure-of-eight route is a challenge, but we are amply rewarded by some great ridge views, some excellent and exciting off road riding and good tracks. Starting from the pub, we turn NW onto the North Downs Way, which we follow before turning N towards Chaldon, past its picturesque church which dates back to the 10th century and on upwards to the crest of Farthing Downs, where we can enjoy great views before managing the steep chalk descent to the valley floor, and taking our time ascending up other side. Here we have a change of scene riding through the rabbit warren of the smart Netherne-on-the-Hill estate before rejoining rural tranquillity on Deans Lane, where we puff and pant our way to the top of the hill, to rejoin the North Downs Way and relish a breather to take in the views. Another steep descent reminds us this is a hilly route, we touch cycle route 21 for a burst of uphill and then turn, weary but satisfied, to face our final hill and fall in through the door of the pub to be resuscitated with fine ale or finer lattes.....Although this is a tougher ride, remember we always take the pace of the slower riders and will have plenty of time to catch our breath. 10.2 miles, hilly, some steep, rough descents and ascents.
935 ft ascent, 946 ft descent. We only need another 55 ft to make it a mountain....tee hee..
Mountain bikes only

Coldharbour Clamber - Well

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Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am start in Capel in the Village Memorial Hall CP on the corner of Mortimer Road and the main road through the village, The Street. Sat Nav postcode RH5 5LB. Grid Ref : TQ176407. Capel is accessed either via Leigh & Newdigate - the short pretty way or via Dorking and the A24, the fast longer way! Please do not use the pub car park.. A mixture of lanes & bridleways with some good views if the weather is kind. We head west to Forest Green via Ockley & Mole Street. This is followed by a steep climb towards Coldharbour (it'll be worth it for the long swoop down to Holmwood) and back to Capel. About 13 miles which can be shortened by missing out Newdigate; this will depend on rider ability and weather. Up to 13 miles with a steep climb or two.
Mountain bikes only.

Coulsdon Calypso - Well

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?Meet at 9.45 for a 10.00 start at the public carpark at the Fox on Coulsdon Common CR3 5QS. Join us for a scenic roller-coaster around Coulsdon & Whyteleafe, taking in some lovely views and dodge the aircraft taking off and landing on Kenley Airfield. The route is a mixture of bridleways & road, with some hills, one of which is quite a challenge. This ride will take in a small section of two of our other rides, a section of the North Downs Way from Chaldon Challenge and the long scenic valley up to Woldingham school from the viaduct which we ride on the Woldingham Wobble, but other than that the remaining eight miles is all new and interesting. Should take about 2 hours. About 11 miles. Lots of climbing!
Mountain bikes only.

Crewe's Wood Cruise, Warlingham to Sanderstead - Steady Plus

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Day ride start point: Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am start in Crewe's Close, off Crewe's Lane, Warlingham. Sat nav post code CR6 9NX. Park near to number 1, being considerate to the residents please. This is a quiet side street near to the start of our ride.


Evening/Sunday Pub ride start point:


The Coach House (formerly The Bull), Chelsham Common, Warlingham, CR6 9PB Sunday 10:15am for 10:30am
Neighbouring our Fickleshole Foray, this ride is a great mixture of on and off road. Like life- it has its share of ups and downs! We start by negotiating a dirt based bridleway which in winter is muddy- come prepared! On the longer route we will enjoy a section of Route 21 before riding down and up through the hamlet of Farleigh. We have a bit of busy-ish road to ride then down a hill before turning up through a private estate which we can enjoy slowly as this section is all uphill but at least on tarmac- and into the ancient Kings Wood. We touch Sanderstead before turning off onto the London Loop (London Outer Orbital Path) This is 152 miles long and sometimes known as the 'M25 for walkers', although in this case, cyclists. We have a beautiful stretch here with some lovely views before crossing Tithepit Shaw on another dirt track- again- muddy in winter, and a bit of a climb, mean at the end, but a good excuse for cake at lunch! Some hills. 9/11 miles. Mud sections.
Not suitable for road bikes (thin smooth tyres).

Dave's Saturday Special - Steady/Well depending on participants.

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Held on the third Saturday of the month and will be led by Dave A.

Start from the Earlswood Lakes car park at 10:30am.
The ride will be around 2 hours duration. We will try to avoid heavy mud so the ride will be mainly on tarmac/good surfaces during wet conditions. A typical route would be a loop taking in Smallfield, Horne, Outwood and Nutfield which contains several shortish hills.

Denbies Delight - Ride Well

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Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am start at Denbies Wine estate, London Road, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6AA.
This is a fabulous ride with some stunning views- some of the best in the whole of Surrey. For this you have to pay in climbing!! There is hardly any flat to be had, but climbs and downhills galore. For this reason it is a slightly shorter ride at around 8 miles, but it will take our usual 1.5 hours (ish) From Denbies there we head up and up and up (!) until we reach Ranmore Common. Walking is allowed- all bar the super fit will enjoy a stroll at some point!! After passing Ranmore Church we take bridleways to the back of Polesden Lacey, enjoying views of the beautiful building from the surrounding countryside. We reach Polesden Road and turn South on a track -Connicut Lane, and from there we bisect a beautiful field with sweeping slopes, before slogging up and up again for the next mile (at least the path has been resurfaced on what was the worst section- be thankful for small mercies....) We return up to Ranmore Church taking a left back down to Denbies- a mile or so of glorious downhill on good surfaces with fantastic views. We deserve it!
Around 8 miles. Very hilly, some rough and stony parts.

Derby Dash - Ride Well

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This is classified as a 'Ride Well' as it slightly longer than our usual ride at 12 miles, and about half of it is off-road. It also includes several uphill's, all of which are fairly short however! Anyone used to our intermediate rides will find this only slightly more challenging, but if you are about to make the jump from Ride Easy you should try a different ride first, otherwise you may find it is more than you want to do. Meet at 9.45 for 10.00 at the Blue Ball pub, Deans Lane at Walton-on-the-Hill. Postcode is KT20 7UE. Please don't use the pub's CP, there is parking on the road outside. This exhilarating ride takes us across both Banstead Heath and Epsom Downs with its superb views across to London. We dive in bravely with both feet by first travelling through the village and then straight up and over onto the Downs, where we take a well deserved break for the view and steadfastly ignore the refreshment kiosk! We do a mile or so through the streets of Tattenham Corner and avoid the main A217 by cutting through an alley until we come out opposite a lovely track towards Banstead Wood. We cross the railway track, negotiate a steep uphill bridleway through a well-to-do housing area and then on towards and across Surrey Downs golf course. Having successfully avoided low flying golf balls we then cycle up Chipstead Lane- carefully cross the busy A217 and go straight onto Banstead Heath for our final off road section back to the pub. The Grey Dove is an excellent cake & coffee shop nearby at the end, or one of the two nearby pubs...!
Not suitable for road bikes (thin smooth tyres) Grass sections & some mud!

Dog & Duck Pub Ride - Ride Steady

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Meet at 10:15am for a 10:30am start at the Dog & Duck, Outwood, Surrey RH1 5QU.
They have kindly agreed to let us leave our cars in their car park. We start out by making our way towards cycle route 21 in Salfords where we follow it on a long gentle downhill for a couple of miles through pretty countryside and then take a gravelled bridleway towards Horley through more farmland, enjoying some nice views across the Autumn landscape. From there on through Brook Wood, catching a glimpse of the perfectly manicured Langshott Manor before reaching the site of Thunderfield castle. Thought to be a 'ringwork' (early medieval castle) Thunderfield probably dates from the 12-13 C and was built by the de Clare family of Norman lords. It is best viewed in winter as there is a lot of tree cover. We can't see a great deal but the remains of the moat are clear! From there we cross over the M23 and touch the outskirts of Smallfield before continuing through countryside. If we don't vote for the extension, taking us down tracks to Shipley Bridge, we go onwards up Rookery Hill, branching East towards Outwood, where we stop briefly to look at Britain's oldest working windmill built in 1665. From there we take the lane running alongside Outwood Common back to the pub. A mixture of lanes, well surfaced bridleways, and just one or two sections which might be a bit boggy in winter- there may be more if the extended route is ridden. About 12 miles which can be extended to 15, rider and weather dependent.
Not suitable for road bikes; hybrids will cope in drier conditions.

Fickleshole Foray - Ride Well

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Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am start in Crewes Close, off Crewes Lane, Warlingham. CR6 9NX. Park near to number 1, being considerate to the residents please. This is a quiet side street near to the start of our 8.5 miles ride. Whilst fairly short, we have a lot of off road to do, with 4 or 5 fairly lengthy or steep hills to manage, some muddy and stony tracks, through woods and across open farmland, enjoying the lovely, rolling views, which take some time to negotiate. We start our ride from this quiet residential area out on cycle route 21, then turn off it towards the charmingly named Fickleshole by means of a bridleway and track warningly named High Hill Road. We then travel along the pretty Featherbed Road (really, you couldn't make these names up, could you?!) before another pull up into Frith Wood. We use Vanguard Way to make our way down back through Farleigh, finishing with a last 'up and over' into the Crewe area. There are a couple of 'interesting' ups on bridleways which can be walked, of course- but don't worry- there are some exhilarating downs as compensation!
Not suitable for road bikes. Hilly. Rough surfaces.

Flanchford Flounder - Steady

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Meet at 9:45am for 10:00am at the Plough pub, Church Road, Leigh RH2 8NJ. (Sunday pub ride 10.15 for 10.30)
Please park on the road rather than in the pub. This 12 mile figure-of-eight ride has a variety of animal life to be spotted- apart from the usual critters and farm animals we also pass a magnificent deer park and a llama farm where we can get up close and personal with the nearest relative to the camel we'll ever see in Surrey. Travelling first North up to Betchworth we travel the pretty lanes to Wonham Manor deer park where we can pause (since it's a hill) and watch the deer if they are near the fence. Curving along a byway we travel past the Flanchford area back to Leigh passing fields full of beautiful fluffy llamas, with their young if we are lucky! From there we cycle through fields which can be very rutted (& muddy in wet conditions) interspersed with metal/concrete tracks through almost to Norwood Hill before turning back towards the pub, adding an extra two miles if we feel fresh. 12 or 14 miles, about 65% on quiet lanes, some rutted grass stretches, a couple of hills. In wet conditions this can be 80% on road.
In dry conditions hybrids ok, not suitable for road bikes.

Fox Revived Foxtrot Steady Ride

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Meet at 10:15am for a 10:30am start at the Fox Revived pub, Norwood Hill, Horley, RH6 0ET.
This pub is situated on the crossroads at Norwood Hill, where Collendean Road meets Norwood Hill Road. This is about 5 minutes drive from Leigh. You can park in the pub CP. This ride is approximately 13 miles, with a lot of good tracks, but some dirt tracks which will be a bit mucky in damp conditions. From the pub we travel down towards Charlwood and then across to Newdigate using the two bridleways of Beggarhouse Lane and Dukes Drive (a social comment from the times of naming perhaps) then turn West towards Beare Green through farmland and woods before returning via Hammonds Copse bridleway to the pub. About 1.5- 2 hours.
Not suitable for road bikes (thin smooth tyres).

Frogshole Hop - Ride Well

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Meet 9:45am for 10:am start at Frogshole Farm Pub, Maidenbower Drive, Maidenbower, Crawley, RH10 7QF.
Parking plentiful and coffee/lunch available on return. Starting from the pub we encounter a short climb on road before following the Worth Way (Cycle route 21) for a pleasant and gentle warm up. After reaching Crawley Downs there is a road section in and out of Turners Hill. Some lovely views are on offer as we pass Worth School. Then we head off through the woods for some excellent, mostly downhill paths through the woods. Be warned it can be muddy here but it's worth it.! One steep track to climb and we rejoin the National Cycle Route for some more lovely down hills back to Maidenbower, where well earned refreshments are served. Approx. 11.5 miles, two steep hills and challenging cycling on tracks in woods with roots. Pub or Weekend rides can be extended to 16 miles.
Mountain bikes only.

Godstone Gallop - Ride Well +

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Meet at 9:45am for 10:00am start at Godstone Green car park. Join Terry for a slightly longer than usual, rather challenging, up to 15 mile loop. The route goes via Oxted for coffee and cake (Terry, with tongue firmly in cheek, says it should be noted that the Council specify that any mud in this area is specially treated with Teflon Particles to prevent it sticking to shoes or bikes) From Godstone Green for the 11 mile circuit we cycle past Bay Ponds and turn right into Church Rd then left into a track, Leigh Place Lane at the end its a right into Jackass Lane then a dog leg at the top to join a track past Tandridge Court Farm. This brings us out in Broadham Hill, a left and right and we cycle along Tanhouse Lane. At the end a left, right and left into Icehouse Wood at the top (we think about Limpsfield Chart straight on) OR we turn left and pick up another track on the left Old Lane to join the A25 where we turn left then right into Oxted for Robertsons Coffee shop. Suitably recharged we set off along Bluehouse Lane to Water Lane then Pitchfont Lane about 3/4 mile climb through the Titsy Foundation at the top its left along The Ridge and right into Gangers Hill (where we consider another deviation) OR downhill all the way back to Godstone. There are several hills, some steep! Largely off road.
Mountain bikes only 11/15 miles.

Hedgecourt Lake Haka (Winter route)- Steady (ALL rides start at the Wiremill pub.)

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Meet at 9:45am for 10:00am start at the Wiremill pub, Wire Mill Lane, Lingfield, RH7 6HJ.
This is a lovely location for drinks in the sun by the lake, weather permitting- and good food.
Winter route: Designed to avoid the majority of the mud in wet conditions, we start this 14.5 mile ride by negotiating a short section of the main A22 (but we can use the pavement) and a couple of quiet lanes before we cross over onto an enjoyable, gently undulating but rough track which leads down to the beautiful Hedgecourt Lake, pausing to admire it and take a couple of pictures if the weather is good! From here we negotiate a corner of Felbridge on the road before following a lovely section of the Worth Way with its charming bucolic vistas and a peep at the historic 'cullege'. From there we have just under a mile of unavoidable main road before cutting off through a well maintained estate and there riding north up the 2 mile, beautiful, narrow & picturesque Chithurst Lane (little more than a track, but tarmacked) to Horne. Here we enjoy the quiet lanes of this peaceful and charming village, home to around 60 Spitfires during WWII and site of the only RAF base in the South East of England during that time, now the Golf Club. You can appreciate that as it is so flat and hedge free; keep your eyes peeled for a small memorial obelisk in Bones Lane. A few minutes retracing our steps on the A22 takes us back to the pub. 14 miles, mostly on quiet lanes and tracks, about 30% off road. Mostly flat

Not suitable for road bikes.

Hedgecourt Lake Haka (Summer route) - Steady

Same meeting point as above. Given drier conditions we start by starting with a bridleway down to Horne Park, then a short lane section before going off road again down to Hedgecourt Lake. We then ride across the busy West Street out to bridleways circling Felbridge before doing just over a mile on road through the outskirts of the village and hopping on to a three mile bridleway across wonderful open country with some great views. There is also a 2.5 mile extension taken on the pub ride which we take to include a busy corner of Felbridge followed by a beautiful section of the Worth Way with its lovely rolling views and a peep at the historic 'cullege'. 10.5/11.5/14 miles, 80% off road with some slight undulations. Some longish sections of bridleway can be very rough where the hoof prints have dried.
Not suitable for road bikes.

Hidden Hills & Lakes - Steady /Optional long hill pushes it to Steady +/Well

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Day Meeting point: Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am start at the top of Carlton Road, Reigate.
This is the northern end of the road, Close Sat Nav post code RH1 2BY. You can park on the road, but please park considerately and not too close to dropped kerbs; there's plenty of room up at the top end and you can cycle down to the meet.

Pub ride meeting point:Inn on the Pond, Nutfield Marsh Road, Nutfield, RH1 4EU. 9.45 for a 10.00 start, lunch booked for 12.00. The ride is as described below but starts in a different place, at the Inn on the Pond pub, and we will do the 13.5 longer route if the weather is kind.

This meandering 11-13 mile route (although there are longer and shorter options) takes us into some hidden corners of Merstham, Redhill & Nutfield. Starting by riding through the beautiful 'Capability' Brown designed parkland of Gatton Park, we ride on through the Royal Alexander & Albert School to Rocky Lane, where we turn towards Merstham. Here there is an option of a 1 mile extension taking us up a puff-pant hill but along a beautiful picturesque lane before coming down to the A23 again. Heading East towards Bletchingly we enjoy some undulating and lovely lanes before hooking up with cycle route 21 hidden between the arms of the the two motorways. Using a good gravelled track we follow this for few miles as it wiggles its way through to Spynes Mere Nature Reserve where we can stop to admire the waterfowl and glimpse further lakes in the background, before skirting Nutfield Marsh and arriving at the back of Redhill. Some nifty use of hidden paths takes us back out to the A23 where we cross back into Carlton Road. 11/12/13.5 miles undulating, optional long hill on long route, 530 to 901 ft ascent (longer route has more climb). Good tracks, but possibility of flooding on Route 21,we can get around it but if you're game you may get wet feet!
Hybrids & mountains bikes ok.

Horton Hop - Steady

Pub meeting point: The Star, Kingston Road, Leatherhead, KT22 0DP. 18:50pm for 19:05pm start.

See map Meet at 10:00am for 10:15am start at the at the ?Woodman Pub? - 238 Barnet Wood Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2DA
This is a wonderful relaxing, easy ride around Ashtead Common, Horton Park, Epsom Common and Ashtead Park. It is largely off road and mostly on cinder and gravel tracks- cyclists heaven! The normal route of 10.5 approx mile route is mostly flat but has a couple of gentle ascents and descents, and a couple of exhilarating downs, the pub ride is longer, 12 to 16 miles, rider and weather dependent! We start off on the only grass section which is a bit tougher than the remainder of the route, using a permissive ride over Ashtead Common and then turn left for a glorious mile and a half through the nature reserve. We cross over a road and continue on, completing a full circuit of the lovely Horton Park, before returning to the same crossing point to turn East and ride through Epsom Common and on to our cars. The pub ride continues down through Ashtead Park, then west along a byway to the motorway, which we run alongside (it's not too noisy) before turning back towards the pub. There are two nearby cafes for post ride fuel. 10.5 miles to 16 miles, depending on riders. Mostly flat. Some grass sections which can be muddy.
Not suitable for road bikes, hybrids ok except in wet weather.

Howell Hill Howler - Well ride

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Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am start at The Tea Hut, Tattenham Corner KT18 5PP (nearest post code)
Entrance to car park is on Old London Rd. Approx 15 miles around the southern fringes of the Big Smoke and leafy Surrey. Includes lavender fields, nature reserves, golf courses, bombholes and prisons (at a distance). Mostly off-road but some sections on residential plus A217 to cross twice. Plenty of mud available if wet, roots feature in wooded areas, uphill sections compensated by thrilling downhill. Liquid refreshments in the Beefeater nearby.
Roadsides not tolerated.

Kingsfold Capers - Well ride

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Meeting point: The Owl at Kingsfold.
Classed as a 'Ride Well' as it has some long field sections, some undulations and one big hill, this ride features some interesting houses and gorgeous countryside, including a short section across and along the bank of the North River, very picturesque, Not to be undertaken when the ground is very wet, this ride meets at the quaint local pub, then starts with a little climb to Ridge farm and the first half mile of grass. This is long grassy meadow riding, and whilst not particularly churned or really muddy, the drag factor tells after a few minutes! We cross the railway and continue on a good track to the Grade II listed C16 'Bonnetts' along the Sussex Border Path (also a bridleway). Having opened and carefully closed an annoying number of gates we then enter into a beautiful area of woods and valleys, alongside the river, where I saw two deer swim across to the other side. We are well off the beaten track, so the going is not easy, but worth it! After that last wilderness we do a short and welcome section on a good surface before our last half mile of grass. The back end of the ride, 5 miles, is all on lanes, mostly quiet, carefully crossing the railway again at Warnham and then riding back up the half mile hill to Friday Street. About 10.5 miles, can be extended to 13 in good weather. 50% off road. Undulating with one big hill. Field riding. One section of single track through woods. Lots of gates! (Route due to be changed - watch this space)
Mountains bikes or hybrids in dry weather.

Leigh Loop (Buckland to Newdigate & back.)- Steady

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Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am start at Flanchford Road CP (Between Bonny's Road and Reigate Heath Golf Club), Flanchford Road, Reigate RH2 8AA
for a beautiful 12.5 mile approx. loop around Leigh. One of our longer intermediate rides, we start off crossing Reigate Heath on a bridleway which may be muddy in parts and which rises gently to reach Buckland. Here we can use a bridleway or lane to turn South down almost to Newdigate before returning via beautiful Hammond's Copse back to Leigh and then on to Reigate Heath, passing close to attractive Bury's Court School. Most of this ride is on quiet country roads with three or four lovely off road sections which amount to just around 4.5 miles, making it a good one for wet weather! There is one section which may be impassable to bikes in which case we may have to divert and add another 20 minutes. Approx 3/4 road, 1/4 off road. Some rough stony or muddy tracks with some adverse camber. Gently undulating with just one or two short but steeper climbs.
Not suitable for road bikes (thin smooth tyres).

Logmore Limbo - Steady/Well

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Meet at 9:45am for 10:00am at the Milton Heath & The Nower CP. Grid Ref TQ 154 489.
This is on the left off the A25 Westcott Road, five minutes past Dorking. Coming from Dorking, the nearest listed road is Sondes Place Drive on your right, sat nav post code RH4 3DE. Just after you'll see school playing fields on the left, and the turn to the CP is on the left signposted Bury Hill Fisheries. There is a small CP at the entrance and a larger one a few yards in on the left. We meet in the smaller one but if there's not enough room some of us can go into the big one. (As far as I know there is no charge in the larger but I have never been there so bring some extra cash just in case).
This is an excellent route, with all sorts of off road surfaces, gorgeous views and some beautiful quiet lanes. This is one of our shorter rides as there is a fair amount of climbing- and one scramble- which stretches the time out. There is one ascent which is pretty tough and includes a short section which has to be done on foot - unless you're superfit and mad. Although the section of track is only about 300 yards, it is dirt and the last 15 feet is very steep indeed. Whilst the most of it is rideable but strenuous, you will have to get off and push on the last bit, and will need good shoes to grip the dirt as you heave your bike up the last five feet! This section, and a couple of other climbs have pushed the category up into the harder 'Ride Well' level, although the majority of the route is easy going. All this enormous effort is amply rewarded along the next three miles of wonderful views and a feeling that you're really high. You're half way up the North Downs here, although you feel like you're at the top! After dropping down to Wotton, stopping to admire the beautifully situated Park Farm, we turn back in towards Westcott, carefully cross the busy A25 and head South towards Coldharbour along the picturesque Logmore Lane, turning past the excitingly named 'Mad Horse Copse' and through Bury Hill fisheries to our cars. (From there it is a short drive to the excellent Wotton Hatch pub if before 12, or after at the Prince of Wales) 9 miles. Undulating with some hills and one short, very steep push on foot.
Not suitable for road bikes.

Lonesome Loop (Reigate, Meath Green, Norwood Hill loop) - Ride Steady

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Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am start at the Woodhatch end of Lonesome Lane, Reigate, RH2 7RD.
This is off the A217 Dovers Green Road. If you are driving then please park considerately on the road. There are various spots to park but we will gather on the green part about 25 yards from the road entrance. This is an almost flat ride of 13 miles, a little longer than usual as the surfaces permit us to ride at a reasonable pace. Whilst there are two sections of off road, the majority of the ride is along quiet country lanes. We take Lonesome Lane down through pretty countryside to Meath Green, which will be slightly busier, before turning up a hill and out West to Norwood Hill. We take our first bridleway through to Ridgewood Stud and then enjoy a long and picturesque off road section to the outskirts of Reigate where we pick up the road again to return to our cars. Please note we will have to use the busy crossing here at the traffic lights on to the A217 for a short distance back to Lonesome Lane. 13 miles, mostly flat. 75% road riding.
Hybrids & mountain bikes ok.

Mercers Lake to Woldingham School and back - Ride Well

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Meet at Mercers Lake car park Merstham, South Nutfield, RH1 4EU at 09:45am for 10:00am start.
15 to 20 miles following cycle route 21 as we climb North Downs twice, and then do a circuit around Woldingham school. Return via Flower lane, Godstone, and bridleway adjacent to Bletchingly golf course. Reasonable surfaces although muddy when wet.
Not suitable for road bikes (thin smooth tyres).

Mickleham Mash - Ride Well

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Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am start at Fetcham CP, on the roundabout between Young Street, which is part of the the A246 main road between Guildford and Epsom, and the B2122.
The turning is clearly signposted to Bocketts Farm (a children's farm park which does a good cup of tea & slice of cake!) The CP is on the right immediately as you exit the roundabout towards Bocketts farm. A close postcode for sat nav is KT22 9BS, but that takes you to a slightly different CP. Keep going past that one, up the hill to the roundabout at the top. The CP is on your left. Bocketts Farm is signposted in from around the area so it should be fairly straightforward to find. There is no doubt that this ride, zig-zagging over Norbury Park, is a hilly one! However, there is really only one serious climb, the rest are either undulations, short steep climbs or long but gentle gradients. The big hill comes as we ride from Mickleham up onto the top of Norbury Park, this is a bridleway but very well surfaced with tarmac, and we will do this in two stages, resting after the first section for a decent amount of time before doing the next half. On any of the hills, please do stop and walk, or rest. There are no prizes for getting up first and we all want to enjoy the ride. Of course if you like a challenge and are happy to wait, we will see you at the top! Don't be put off coming along because the downs are even longer! We will do some long sections of bumpier off road stuff too, including dirt track and stony parts, as well as seeing some fabulous countryside and great views. Please be aware that there is one steep downhill section on the road coming back down into Mickleham, on a narrow, winding road. Please take care! Coffee etc at the Old Barn Tearooms, by Bocketts Farm. 10.5 miles. Hilly: 877 ft total ascent. Some rough sections. One steep (20%) on-road downhill.
Mountain bikes only.

Mogador Moondance - Steady

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Meet 10:00am for 10:15am at the Sportsman Pub at Mogador to ensure that the pub is open on our return.
This ride developed by Nick C features some well known bits. It includes Walton on the Hill, Langley Vale, a Roman road and Headley Heath, no bad hills and it's about 13 miles.
In dry conditions hybrids ok, not suitable for road bikes.

Outwood Bound 2 - Steady

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Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am start at Outwood Windmill, (built in 1665 and the oldest working windmill in the country!) Gayhouse Lane, Outwood.
Close sat nav postcode is RH1 5PW but the sails are a clue! Parking is available on the lane. Join us for a 9 or 12 mile ride around this beautiful area. The first part of the ride is a long gentle downhill down a partially surfaced bridleway, past farms, barns and fields, with a lovely view east across open countryside in the distance. From there we have a short section on West Park Road, the B2028, which can be be quite busy, before turning back north through the open farmland and pretty village of Horne and then the hamlet of Whitewood. From there we ride through Hornecourt Wood,a National Trust woodland, and then take a series of bridlepaths, mostly well surfaced- although the short track to Lodge Farm can be a quagmire- through farmland and onto the road for a last 3/4 mile ride to the Bell. Sorry, I meant our cars- but the Bell is a good place to pause!! 9 or 12 miles, some roads. Stony tracks and well surfaced bridleways. Expect mud in winter.
Not suitable for road bikes.

Punchbowl Inn, Ockley - Steady

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Meet at the later time of 10:00am for 10:15am start at The Punchbowl Inn, Okewood Hill, Ockley, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 5PU as the pub is not open until 12.
This is a variation on our Capel Canter route, cutting out Capel village and adding a loop around Mayes Green , including a small river crossing using a ford! (don't worry there's an optional bridge!) About 14 miles around some beautiful countryside. Undulating. One short stretch on the busy A29. Dirt tracks, possible mud, One river!
Not suitable for road bikes.

Puttenham Potter - Well

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Meet at The Withies Inn, Compton, GU3 1JA at 10:00am for a 10:15am start.
A lovely ride in the Surrey Hills around the 'Puttenham Loop' (around 11 miles), which passes through picturesque villages and hamlets including Puttenham, Compton, Lower Eashing and Hurtmore.
Parking is available at the back of the pub or please park considerately nearby on the road. Located in the tiny hamlet of Compton, The Withies Inn dates from the 16th century, and stands in unspoiled country on Compton common, just below the Hog's Back and on the edge of Loseley Park.
This ride around Puttenham Common and the surrounding area offers some spectacular views and an abundance of heathland and wildlife. After leaving the Withies we head south to the village of Hurtmore and follow the River Wey to Lower Eashing. The route then passes through typical Surrey countryside across Shakleford Heath and through plantations to Rodshall Manor. From here we cross Puttenham Common to reach the North Downs Way, which we follow through Puttenham Village and past the Watts Gallery (Artists' Village and tea shop) back to the Withies Inn. Around 11 miles, mainly off road or on quiet lanes. Fairly hilly (total ascent 313m), with a few short steep sections. Will be muddy if wet and rather overgrown in places (nettles etc.).
Hybrid bikes ok in dry weather.

Reigate Romp - Well

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An extended, hillier version of Reigate Recce, start at the Priory CP in Reigate 09:30am for 09:45am
Please leave extra time for parking if you are after a free space, or bring parking money. We will add in a circuit of Reigate Heath, a climb to the top of Priory Park and one to the top of Redhill Common, so although not too long at around 10/11 miles, it incorporates some climbing, most in shortish bursts. There are some rough, muddy sections and loose surfaces.
Not suitable for road bikes.

Reigate Ramble - Well

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Starting at the Skimmington Castle, Bonnys Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8RL at 9:45am for 10:00am start. Please park in the car park to the rear of the pub.
This ride will be based on an old ride called Reigate Recce (details can be viewed on the website under Easy Routes) with added bits to get the distance up to 12 miles minimum with a few hills.
Not suitable for road bikes.

Ripley Ramble - Steady ride

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Meet at The Anchor, Pyrford Lock, Wisley, GU23 6QW 10:00am for a 10:15am start.
The red pointer is actually underneath the pub on the map, The Anchor is actually on the bend in the river just above. About 3 miles from junction 10 of the M25. Use the rear CP behind the pub. If this is full there is a public CP opposite the pub.

An extended version of the Ripley Recce ride which includes some quiet lanes and tracks through farmland west of Horsley.

Perfect for a summer's day or evening, this 16.5 mile ride follows quiet lanes, several miles along the picturesque Wey Navigation towpath, bridleways and some stretches of B road. The towpath offers beautiful scenery but is unsurfaced between Cartbridge & Walsham weir so will be bumpy from time to time; keep your eye out for rocks and roots and sqidgy field riding after rain. We will see colourful, flowery narrow boats on the water, Papercourt Lock where the river rushes over three steps and the picturesque remains of Newark Priory. 16.5 miles, of which about half is on quiet and pretty roads and a beautiful long stretch on the River Wey / Wey Navigation towpath. However, includes Ripley village which may be busy. Relatively flat, just a few gentle rises; Maybe muddy if wet and a bit overgrown in warmer weather, shorts may expose you to nettles!
Not suitable for road bikes.

Ripley Recce, Pyrford & Wisley - Steady

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Meet at The Anchor, Pyrford Lock, Wisley, GU23 6QW 10:00am for a 10:15am start.
The red pointer is actually underneath the pub on the map, The Anchor is actually on the bend in the river just above. About 3 miles from junction 10 of the M25. Use the rear CP behind the pub. If this is full there is a public CP opposite the pub.

NB There is a maximum of 10 places on this ride as there are restrictions on the amount of cyclists allowed at any one time along the towpath, please book in advance.

Perfect for a summer's day or evening, this 14 mile ride follows quiet lanes, several miles along the picturesque River Wey towpath, a bridleway and some stretches of B road. It is an almost entirely flat and easy ride, hence a little longer than our usual jaunts! The towpath offers beautiful scenery but is unsurfaced between Cartbridge & Walsham weir so will be bumpy from time to time; keep your eye out for rocks and roots and sqidgy field riding after rain. We will see colourful, flowery narrow boats on the river, Papercourt Lock where the river rushes over three steps and the picturesque remains of Newark Priory. 14 miles, of which about half is on quiet and pretty roads and a beautiful long stretch on the River Wey towpath. However, includes Ripley village which may be busy and a short noisy stretch on a protected cycle track that runs parallel to the A3. Relatively flat, just a few gentle rises. Maybe a bit overgrown in warmer weather, shorts may expose you to nettles!
Hybrids and mountain bikes ok.

Shamley Green Shuffle - Ride Well

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Sunday pub ride: The Drummond Arms, The Street, Albury, Surrey GU5 9AG at 10:15am for a 10:30am start.

Weekday ride: The Drummond Arms, The Street, Albury, Surrey GU5 9AG at 9:45am for a 10:00am start.
Their CP is divided into two sections. Please cross over the small wooden bridge over the River Tillingbourne and park in the back section. This around 12.5 mile route takes us through several of the villages and hamlets that lie SE of Guildford. From the famed Pugin chimneys of Albury to the delightful signpost in the hamlet of Blackheath (we must stop here and get a photo), we pass through a handful of places each with something interesting to look at as well as the usual lovely countryside. Our route can be up to 95% tarmac, road and well surfaced track, but we can deviate in better weather and take an off road route for a few miles. There is one two mile gravelled section of the Downs Link (a 30 mile bridleway connecting the North and South Downs National Trails), and a short bridleway section across a field which we use as it skirts the perimeter of Bramley, therefore making the route unsuitable for road bikes (thin smooth tyres). There are a few climbs along the way but it is worth it for the opportunity to see some of Surrey's hidden gems! 12.5 miles. A few hills, one or two quite long. Level crossings.
Hybrids/mountain bikes only.

Skimmington Salsa - Ride Well

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Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am start at the top of Carlton Road, Reigate, where it meets Gatton Park Road.
You can park on the road, but please park considerately. Join us for a route developed by Suzy. From Carlton Road, we ride up to the top of Wray Lane through Gatton Woods. From here we ride for over three miles along the top of the North Downs, drinking in the marvellous views, before descending very sharply (you may want to get off and walk) down across the railway track to Buckland. From here we cycle down Dungates Lane (a bridleway) and from there through the back of Reigate Heath to the Skimmington Castle pub. We can stop here for a drink if open- if not we continue up and along the Greensand Way to Park Lane where we descend steeply to Reigate Priory Park, where we stop for coffee if we haven't had our fill at the pub. We cross this with care, admiring the lake and parkland before returning up to Carlton Road along the main road for just over a mile. About 10.5 miles. Hilly, one very steep descent.
Moutain bikes only.

St Leonard's Forest, Colgate, nr Crawley - Steady

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Meet at in the CP at Buchan Country Park, Horsham Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9HQ.
Follow in the footsteps of St Leonard the Dragon Slayer, as we explore this ancient woodland, filled with wonderful tales & legends and is part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We touch on the High Weald Landscape trail too. Full details to follow once recce has been done.
Moutain bikes only.

Surrey Oaks, Newdigate PUB RIDE - Steady

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Meet at 10:15am for a 10:30am start at the Surrey Oaks pub, Parkgate Road, Newdigate, RH5 5DZ.
The pub is not actually in Newdigate village so please check the map or the pub's website. The pub have agreed we can park in the CP. Join us for a roughly 13 mile ride around the Beare Green & Newdigate areas. This is a largely flat ride but we do have demands on us in the way of surfaces. There are large sections of off road, mostly with good surfaces but with two field sections, which can be quite strenuous if wet- grass is not the easiest thing to ride on! We start off heading South past Newdigate on a good farm track towards Tanhouse Farm and then do the largest grass section before turning up to Beare Green and then through the stunning Henfold Farm out to Henfold Lane. From here we travel up to Fourwents Pond and then along the beautiful bridleway across to Hammonds Copse. We don't enter it however, turning down South again along Cidermill Road and then through another bridleway to Cudworth Manor and its ancient moat, before turning back to the pub and our eagerly awaited roast....
13 miles, some grass sections. Gently undulating
Not suitable for road bikes (thin smooth tyres)

Tanhouse Temptation - Steady

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Meet at 9.45 for a 10.00 start at the Fox Revived pub Norwood Hill, Horley RH6 0ET. This ride is between 11.5 to 14.5 miles so dependent upon the group and weather we will decide which way to go when we get to the option point. May be a bit mucky in damp conditions. The temptation part comes in around half way when we come face to face with Tanhouse Farm, which does very good cake! From the pub we turn north and then through Hammonds Copse towards Newdigate, then we zig zag across the area south of Norwood Hill using a variety of tracks and quiet roads travel down towards Russ Hill & Charlwood , using amongst others the two bridleways of Beggarhouse Lane and Dukes Drive (a social comment from the times of naming perhaps) before returning via bridleways to the pub. About 1.5/ 2 hours. 11.5 to 14.5 miles Some rough tracks and grass riding. Undulating.
Not suitable for road bikes (thin smooth tyres).

Tilburstow Tilt - Ride Well

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Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am at Outwood Windmill, Gayhouse Lane, Outwood.
Nearest postcode is RH1 5PW.
Approx 12 mile ride north from Outwood to Tilburstow hill and back on a figure-of-eight circuit, about 90% off road. After a short stretch of tarmac, we head north via a long gently descending bridleway. After a right turn, we pass the lovely Lower South Park before more bridleway gradually climbing upwards. After passing (Upper) South Park, and shortly before the top of the hill, we turn right again and reach a short stretch of tarmac which takes us to the car park at the top of Tilburstow hill with great views back towards the South Downs. From there we ride some more bridleway along the slopes of the hill before a fast tarmac descent just south of Bletchingly. At the bottom of the hill, we re-join the bridleways down to Lodge Farm and then loop back to our starting point via Hangdog Wood. Quite a lot of undulating off-road tracks but only a couple of short, steep upward sections. Well earned refreshments afterwards at The Bell. About 12 miles, some hills.
Mountain bikes only as it can be muddy, particularly in winter.

The Bike Beaner - Well Plus

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Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am start at Bike Beans Cycle Cafe, 5B Rectory La, Ashtead KT21 2BA.
There is a reasonably cheap pay & display CP in Grove Road behind the cafe with a footpath leading up to Bike Beans. Alternatively there is free parking on various side roads but note these are narrow and some parking restrictions are in force, then cycle in a short distance. Please park considerately and away from drives etc. This is a hilly ride, as you would expect in the area, but all the slogs up are amply rewarded by some wonderful downs! There are also some very pretty sections through Beech woods and a visit to Headley Court where you may glimpse a soldier or two. From the cafe we set out through Beech woods and good tracks to the outskirts of Leatherhead where we have a short section on the road before crossing the A24 and taking the longest of our uphills on a bridleway ('Alsations') for a mile to meet the Thames Down link and turning up (again) towards Tyrrell's Wood. Most of the climbing done by now, we travel down through Headley Court and fields, ducking under the M25 towards Langley Vale. A pleasant bridleway takes us to the perimeter of Epsom Downs where we turn up again before levelling out through the swish Gray's Lane and back to Bike Beans, where Jamie & his staff will resuscitate us with fine fare. Hilly. 10.5 miles; some rough stony surfaces, a small section of sand and some dirt tracks.
Moutain bikes only.

Thunderfield Castle - Steady

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Meet at 9:45am for 10:00am start at the junction of Spencer Way and Green Lane in the Whitebushes Estate, in Salfords near Redhill.
There is car parking available on the roads. There is also a signpost for cycle route 21. A close by sat nav postcode would be RH1 5SP. This is 'The Brow' which is almost opposite. We start out on route 21 down a well surfaced bridleway towards Horley through the country, enjoying some nice views across farmland and then on through Brook Wood, catching a glimpse of the perfectly manicured Langshott Manor before reaching the site of Thunderfield castle. Thought to be a 'ringwork' (early medieval castle) Thunderfield probably dates from the 12-13 C and was built by the de Clare family of Norman lords. It is best viewed in winter as there is a lot of tree cover. We can't see a great deal but the remains of the moat are clear! From there we cross the M23 and touch the outskirts of Smallfield before continuing through countryside on a nice bridleway. Onwards up Rookery Hill towards the Dog & Duck at Outwood to recross the M23 where we take a long and mostly quiet country lane back to Salfords and our starting point. A mixture of lanes and well surfaced bridleways, with just one section which might get a bit boggy in wet conditions. 10, 12 or 15 miles.
Not suitable for road bikes; hybrids will cope in drier conditions.

Titsey Twist - Ride Steady +

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Meet at the Haycutter Inn, 69 Tanhouse Road, Broadham Green, Nr Old Oxted, RH8 9PE 10:05am for 10.20am (later time as the pub doesn't open until 12:00pm!)
We start out from the pretty hamlet of Broadham Green uphill for the first section, to West Heath along the Greensand Way and then on for a good downhill over Limpsfield Common. Once we reach Limpsfield Chart we have the option of adding a 2.5 mile loop which will be weather and rider dependent- this involves an interesting stretch of the High Chart including some lovely downhill, but a bit of a rough stretch at the bottom, temporarily churned by heavy forestry machinery. From there we pass over the M25 towards Titsey and its pretty church, along good tracks and some field paths (where we startled deer!) From there it's road for 4 miles, but these are for the most part not too busy (although they can be fast) until we get to the attractive town of Oxted, which we cycle through with care for a short distance before crossing the A25 to picturesque Old Oxted and back the pub. 11.5 or 9 miles. Undulating, including a long steady climb at the beginning. Forest, field and track riding, some loose surfaces and may be muddy. About half off road, the rest on mostly quiet, pretty lanes except for a mile through Oxted.
Moutain bikes only.

UnCommon Cobham (new) - Ride Well

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Meet at Ye Olde Windsor Castle, 25 Little Bookham St, Great Bookham, KT23 3AA at 09:45am for a 10:00am start.
Parking is available at the pub or please park considerately on the road.

This longish ride has some lovely stretches of Surrey heathland and woods, and offers a great variety of scenery. Riding across Bookham Commons we visit the village of Downside and then pass through Stoke D'Abernon on our way to Prince's Coverts (Crown Estate). Following quiet lanes we cross Arbrook Common and Esher Common (stopping to investigate its mountain bike area). We then do a circuit of West End Common including a climb up to The Ledges. On our return journey we revisit Esher Common and take quiet lanes and tracks along the edge of Oxshott Heath, finally returning via Fairmile and Downside to the pub for some well earned refreshment.

20 miles, mainly off road or on quiet lanes, but includes two short sections of A roads which may be busy. Relatively flat, just a couple of short steep sections; we will need to negotiate two swing gates on this ride. Will be muddy if wet and rather overgrown in warmer weather (nettles). Sugar supplements will be available but it is suggested that you take a snack with you as well as plenty of water.
Hybrid bikes ok in dry weather.

Upside Downside (new) - Steady ride

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Meet at 10:00am for 10:15am at the Running Mare Pub, 45 Tilt Rd, Cobham, KT11 3EZ.
Parking plentiful and coffee / lunch available on return. Departing from Cobham Tilt we take a pleasant path beside the Cobham Park Estate towards St Michaels Chapel on Downside Common. Across the Common and past some farms we join Pointers Road (potholes) to eventually meet the bridle way which leads to Chatley Semaphore Tower - a stiff climb but on tarmac. From here we descend Chatley Heath; there are several options for crossing the heath, with some easy singletrack adding to the fun! We cross the A3 at a footbridge onto Wisley Common. From here quiet bridleways take us past Pond Farm, across the M25, and into the back streets of Byfleet via Mill Lane. Crossing the M25 we join a lovely stretch of the Wey Navigation at Murray's Bridge and head south past Dodd's Bridge to The Anchor at Pyrford Lock. We then cycle on the road through Wisley, past the RHS gardens and cross the A3 to join Elm Lane, a byway which can be muddy. A short stretch of road (Old Lane) then takes us to a bridle path (possible mud) which leads through Hatchford Wood and onto a farm track. We rejoin the road which leads us, past farms, back to Downside Common and then the Running Mare in time for opening. 15 Miles, mainly flat, one climb on tarmac, expect some mud.
Suitable for mountain bikes, and hybrids in dry conditions.

Walton Park Bike Hike - Ride Well

Choise of 2 starting points:

1. Carlton Road, Reigate for the longer version of the ride (approx 14 miles.) Meet at 9:45am for 10:00am start at the northern end of Carlton Road, close Sat Nav post code RH1 2BY. Please park considerately on the road.

2. The Sportsman pub, Mogador Road, Lower Kingswood, KT20 7ES, for a relatively short ride (approx 9 miles).
The early starters will arrive at the pub to meet up with the later starters at 10:15am for a 10:30am departure.

This interesting ride includes some hills and differing surfaces. At the right time of year beautiful carpets of Bluebells cover the woodlands along the route. From the Carlton Road starting point, we ride up to the top of Wray Lane through Gatton Woods. From here we ride for over three miles along the top of the North Downs, drinking in the marvellous views. At the pub we meet with the other riders and cross S to the other side of Stubbs Lane where we take grassy tracks N towards Walton on the Hill, enjoying the wide open Heathland. From there we take a downhill single track and then turn up through farmland and woods towards Headley. We enjoy a glimpse of Headley Church before going up (again) and taking bridleways with a variety of interesting surfaces back to Mogador. Then it's back to the pub for a well earned beverage or two. For those riders returning to Carlton road there is another stretch of downhill to challenge you. Hilly, but not too bad! Loose surfaces and rough bumpy riding.
Moutain bikes only.

Walton Wanderer - Ride Steady/ Ride Well

Day Ride: Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am start at the CP at the top of Wray Lane, Reigate.
Close Sat Nav post code RH2 0HX. The pointer on the map below is not exactly correct, the CP is at the very top of the road. You can park on the road, if the CP is full. There is currently no charge but come prepared in case they change this. Please note Wray Lane is one way and so the CP can only be accessed from the Reigate Hill end.

Evening Ride: start point: The Sportsman, Mogador Road, Lower Kingswood, KT20 7ES.
Grid ref TQ 240 532 The pub is situated half way round our regular ride, so we start by going across on to Walton Heath, onto Reigate Hill, down through Nut Wood and then up again through Gatton Park and Gatton Farm to return to the pub. More detailed description below.

Join us for a super undulating ride around Reigate Hill & Walton Heath. Starting down through the picturesque Nut Wood , awash with bluebells in May, then on through 'Capability Brown' designed Gatton Park, we then travel up into Chipstead using a steep, rough and stony track up to to the top of the hill, (which can be walked of course!) down a lane to the yellow fields of Gatton Farm, and from there crossing the A217 on to Walton Heath, where we might be lucky enough to see a snake (or unlucky, depending on your view of reptiles!) returning via the stupendous views on the top of Reigate Hill (an SSSI) to the coffee shop in the CP. The majority of this ride is off road; with some rough paths and some parts that will be muddy after rain; there are also some very short slippery chalk sections which we can avoid or walk if necessary. On the plus side we get a lot of wonderful views, a pub and a tea shop! 9.5 miles. One steep stony hill, with some more gently undulating sections. In wet weather this is nearer a 'Ride Well' level as the going can be very boggy over the heath and therefore more strenuous.
Not suitable for road bikes.

Warlingham Homefield - Ride Steady/ Well/ Well Plus

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A set of variable level rides designed by one of our members to be adjusted according to the participants, starting at 42 Homefield Road, Warlingham Surrey CR6 9HQ,
taking in the surrounding hills and countryside around Woldingham, Warlingham and surrounding areas. You can park in the drive or on the road. Variable length from 10/17 miles with some or lots (!) of climbing. These extensions can be included or made more challenging depending on participants- so for more details please phone Terry on 07850 865252 in advance to discuss what you feel you can manage if in any doubt! Variable level, may be very challenging. 10 - 17 miles.
Moutain bikes only.

Well Worth It Way - Ride Steady

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Meet near St Nicholas C of E Church, Church Road, Worth, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 7RT at 9:45am for 10:00am start.
Park on the approach to the church on the right hand side, or in Street Hill before you turn into Church Road.
This route is 9 - 11 miles of 'steady' cycling. The first half takes us along the Worth Way via Crawley Down Village on a disused railway path that forms part of NCR 21. Then there is a pleasant off road section, nothing too hilly but can be a bit muddy. We finish off with a with a quiet country road section. The Frogshole Farm Pub is a two minute drive away for a post cycle refreshments. 9-11 miles, undulating but nothing too hilly. Some mud to be expected in the wetter months.
Not suitable for road bikes.

White Bear at Fickleshole PUB RIDE - Well.

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Meet at 10:15am for 10:30am at the White Bear pub in Fickleshole
This is quite a tricky one to find. The address is Fairchildes Lane, Warlingham, CR6 9PH.
Our sat nav tried to take us up High Hill Road nearby which is NOT a through road, take note! We ride this on the bikes however! There is a large car park which we can use, but please park neatly as the pub gets very busy. Please note they have asked that we give them menu choices beforehand; the menu is on their website. If you haven't done this please let me know. Also it is worth noting that it may be as well to throw a clean pair of trousers in the car in case we get covered, I don't think they will appreciate us dropping mud everywhere. However, the route is quite 'clean' so it shouldn't be a problem.
This 14.5 mile route has several climbs in it, including one steep one; as it's winter I have avoided most dirt tracks but we have some beautiful stone and tarmac bridleways to ride- one of almost three miles across the attractive and windswept Woldingham valley. From the pub we ride down to Chelsham along a dirt track, which may be muddy, but this will be the dirtiest part of our ride! Following cycle route 21 for a section we then have a fun and breathless zoom down Halliloo Valley Road- hang on to your brakes! After we have done Woldingham Valley which is a very gentle ascent, we then have a quick rough section downhill before climbing the short but evil road onto Gangers Hill. It's only 300 yards but I suspect we will have a number of walkers! A lovely ridge ride then with far reaching views and a welcome stop for a breather at the view point. In dry conditions there will be an option for a party to do the much tougher Vanguard Way back to Croydon Road; less crazy folk can ride along the flat but busy Croydon Road for just under two miles. However, the views are excellent and there is an off road cycle path which makes it safe. Back into the quiet and picturesque Farleigh area for our last couple of miles on quiet lanes back to the pub. 14.5 miles. A few big hills.

Not suitable for road bikes.

Woldingham Wobble - Ride well

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Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am start at the CP on Gangers Hill, Godstone.
Turn off the Godstone Bypass (A22) at Flower Lane, over the motorway and the CP on Gangers Hill (which the road becomes) is approximately just over a mile along the road. On the way up you will go around a steep sharp R hand 'hairpin' bend climbing upwards, go on until you pass a lane on the right, Tandridge Hill Lane, and the CP is on the left shortly before the end of the road. Grid Ref : TQ 372 540
This beautiful, undulating 9.5/11.5 mile ride takes us first along a road before swooping down on Vanguard Way into the valley and then puffing back up to the top towards Warlingham, all with excellent views; the 'Shard' can be seen on a clear day. The descent can be rough and stony, so care will be needed. We touch Chelsham and then take route 21 and another exhilarating descent down onto the Golf course. Heading for home we take the long and picturesque bridleway through the windswept and open Woldingham Valley. This road climbs very gently- think 'looks flat but actually a sneaky hill' but it is over two miles long, so we take our time along here before giving a final push uphill back to Gangers Hill back to the CP.
9.5/11.5 miles. Hilly, a few are steep. A couple of rough and stony downhills to watch out for.
Not suitable for road bikes (thin smooth tyres)

Wotton Hatch - Singletrack Well+

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Meet at 10:15am at the Wotton Hatch Pub car park, Guildford Road, Wotton, Dorking, RH5 6QQ.
Fancy some single-track mountain biking? This Well+ ride could be for you. We begin with an extended climb along Sheephouse Lane and the length of Wolverns Lane and then onto the Leith Hill Tower. We will be climbing for around 50 minutes with a few stops along the way. Gradients are mostly sensible, but there are some narrow twisty & rooty sections, and some care and skill is required. 5 or 10 minutes to catch our breath, possibly a cup of tea and a slice of cake while we take in the views. The descent along Summer Lightening has 4 sections of prepared single track riding. Each will test your mountain bike's tyres and suspension and there is some more climbing required between section 1 and 2.
All of these tracks have minor to moderate drop-offs and descents and can be quite rooty & rocky in places. We will stop 3 or 4 times to scout the more demanding spots and discuss technique and or easier alternatives. In all, the ride is not much more than 5 miles and will take nearly 2 hours to complete, but you will have earned that pint and a few chips in the Hatch afterwards.
Suitable for MTBs only. No road bikes or hybrids. It is advisable to be able to lower your saddle height for the descents. Helmets are essential.

Caterham Ridge Runner - Well Ride

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Meet 9:45am for 10:00am start at The Fox Pub, Coulsdon Common, Fox Ln, Caterham CR3 5QS. We had first to Chaldon, then along the ridge of the North Downs enjoying the views all the way to Grangers Hill, Woldingham via the viewpoint at Gravely Hill. From there we dive back down into Marden Park, returning to The Fox via Whyteleafe and a loop of Kenley Aerodrome. The ride is a mix of road, dirt and often mud with lots of ups (puff) and downs (woohoo). 14 to 16 miles with around 1200ft in ascent.
No road bikes.