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Shortened versions of some of our routes, usually on a Tuesday. Please see our Calendar Page for Ride Dates.

NB The start times of Easy rides are being revised, please make sure that you use the times detailed on the Calendar Page as they may differ to the times published on this page.

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. We ask that you don't email at the last minute as we might not have a chance to check the website before leaving. The red marker denotes the start of the ride as close as we can get, but please check the written instructions on each route.

Around Ricebridge - Easy

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Meet at 10:30am for a 10:45am start at Flanchford Road CP (Between Bonny's Road and Reigate Heath Golf Club), Flanchford Road, Reigate RH2 8AA
for a beautiful, slightly undulating, 6.5 mile ride around the area of Rice Bridge which lies between Betchworth & South Park. This has about a mile or so attractive off road section, including dirt track and gravel before we proceed down on quiet leafy lanes with only the sound of the river and birdsong for company. There are some slight inclines on the ride to help you start working on your fitness gently, and a couple of short hills which can be walked. We have the option to extend the ride by a mile and a half in drier weather through some fields, but this can be very rough so we'll decide on the day. 6.5 - 8 miles. Some bumpy rough tracks, some mud in winter. Mostly flat.
Not suitable for road bikes (thin smooth tyres).

Ashtead Common - Easy

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Meet at the Woodman Pub - 238 Barnet Wood Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2DA 10:00am for 10:15am start.
This is a wonderful relaxing ride around Ashtead and Epsom Commons. It is 98% off road and largely on cinder and gravel tracks- cyclists heaven! This 6 approx mile route is mostly flat but has a couple of gentle ascents and descents, and a couple of exhilarating downs! We start off on the only grass section which is a bit tougher using a permissive ride over Ashstead Common. Some will want to walk, particularly in wet weather, so wear suitable footwear. We then turn left for a glorious mile and a half through the nature reserve, swing North and ride through Epsom Common and on back to our cars. 6 miles, all off road. One half mile grass/dirt track gently uphill.
Not suitable for road bikes.

Beare Green Boogie - Easy

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Meet at 10:30am for a 10:45am start at Four Wents Pond CP, Holmwood.
Grid Ref TQ 183 454 This is the second of the two National Trust CPs along Henfold Lane heading South from Dorking, shortly before the crossroads with Mill Road & Lodge Lane. The closest sat nav postcode I can get is RH5 4NX. The CP is right next to the pond, which you can see on the map below. We miss out the more difficult grass sections of 'Beare Green Necessities' and enjoy some quiet lanes instead, cutting across to the village of Newdigate and its pretty church and rejoining the main route back to Henfold Lakes. Along the 7 - 9.5 mile route there is one lovely long off road section with an excellent surface of about 2 miles, on the optional extension there is another rougher but very attractive bridleway of a mile and a bit; otherwise the route is on lanes. 7 - 9.5 miles.
NB - There is a another car park on the other side of the lake as this is a very popular walking start point as well and can be full)
Not suitable for road bikes (thin smooth tyres).

Bookham Dash - Easy +

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Meet at 10:15am for a 10:30am start at the car park next to the Mole river, Cobham.
Nearest postcode is The Plough pub at Downside KT11 3LT.
Coming from Cobham village you will see the CP immediately after the bridge on your left. NOTE! There is a height restricting bar at the entrance so beware if you have a roof rack. You can alternatively park on the side of the road half on verge, other cars will be there as a guide as the cottages do not have garages. This ride is 12 miles in length and is generally flat with one or two ups and downs, nothing really strenuous. There is a one mile grass section also generally flat and worn down in the middle to bare earth, bumpy in places. There is about a half mile of hard packed earth, great in the summer but this is not a route for a winter ride!. The ride starts from the outskirts of Cobham, through Downside, and south to Bookham Common and across to Effingham Common both of which cover a vast area. It is generally a figure of eight layout with a southernmost point of Effingham village and a crossover at Effingham Junction before heading back to the start. There is a mile or so of fast road but with light traffic. Approximately 50/50 roads/bridleways.

Copse to Copse - Easy +

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Meet at 10:30am for a 10:45am at the Surrey Oaks Parkgate Rd, Dorking RH5 5DZ
You can park in the pub CP, and they do coffee etc for revival purposes afterwards!
This is a slightly longer ride than our usual Beginner rides, at 8 miles. However, it is largely flat and there are two beautiful bridlepaths which make the extra mile or two feel worth it! From the pub we travel down towards Charlwood and then head East using the bridleway interestingly named Beggarhouse Lane before returning via our favourite Hammonds Copse bridleway to the pub. There may be some mud in the Copse and a couple of stony sections.
Not suitable for road bikes (thin smooth tyres).

Dawes Green Doddle - Easy

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Meet at 10:30am for a 10:45am start outside the Plough Pub, at the junction of Tapners Road and Church Road, Leigh RH2 8PD.
(5/10 mins drive from Reigate) Please park considerately on the roads and Green. Please do not use the pub car park. Join us on an attractive, flat circuit of about 6.5 miles, including one lovely section of off road starting at Hammond's Copse, the site of a medieval earthworks. There is a part of this bridlepath which can be rutted and muddy but it is very short- the rest is considerately concreted! Explore the quiet roads, tranquil countryside and see the beautiful houses of this lovely part of the world, including Mynthurst Farm.
Not suitable for road bikes (thin smooth tyres).

Greens Farm Gallop - Easy

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Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am start at Newdigate Church, Church Road, Newdigate, RH5 5DL.
This 5 or 6 mile ride takes us on mostly level roads and very pretty tracks from Newdigate to Capel and back. The bridleways are a mixture of surfaces: cinder, grass and dirt. The dirt bridleways are very muddy in winter so please wear suitable footwear to allow you to walk part of the way pushing your bike, where it gets very soggy! In summer this is an easier circuit! There is one section of about three quarters of a mile at Capel where the traffic can be quite fast, although there are not many cars.
Not suitable for road bikes.

Hale House Hoedown, Okewoodhill, nr Ockley - Easy +

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Meet at the Scarlett Arms, Walliswood, Dorking, Surrey RH5 5RD at the later time of 10:30am for 10:45am to ensure the pub is open (12 o'clock) when we get back!
Parking is opposite the pub on the road for a start. This ride winds through the pretty villages and countryside near Ockley of Okewoodhill and Walliswood, using a combination of quiet lanes and bridleways. Okewoodhill is approximately 30 minutes from both Dorking and Reigate. This is rated as an easy plus as there is a section of grass riding (more strenuous) and a couple of ups and downs. There is an optional mile or so extension to add in a fun ford across a brook (the footbridge can be used but it's an excellent photo opportunity) We also take in a section the very attractive Weare Street and ride alongside fields and woods. 6.5 to 8 miles, some minor hills, a ford on the extension.
Hybrids in dry weather only and MTBs.

Heathland & Hillocks - Easy

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Start at The Sportsman pub, Lower Kingswood, KT20 7ES. 10:30am for 10:45am.
We start this 7.5 circuit around the two heaths- Walton & Banstead, by first visiting the beautiful views on Reigate Hill. We turn back towards Lower Kingswood and then start our traverse of Banstead Heath. Our paths are fairly good, but in wet weather will be muddy and have large and exciting puddles! We tackle one short but steep hill, doing as much or as little as we like, before catching our breath and then cycling across a lovely open area of common towards the village of Walton-on-the-Hill. Here we admire the charming duck pond and wind

Hedgecourt Lake Hornpipe (Summer and dry conditions only) - Easy +

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Meet 10:00am for 10:15am at The Wiremill pub, Wiremill Lane, Nr Lingfield, RH7 6HJ.
This 9.5 mile route takes sometimes rough bridleways through fields and quiet lanes onto a track to the beautiful Hedgecourt lake, where we stop awhile to admire the view. We turn back towards our cars then along a gorgeous but dirt track which goes for over three miles with some great views. There is an option to add an extension. Although this ride is mostly flat it should be noted that a lot of it is off road, some very rough and rutted, so a harder one than our usual easy rides, however, there is plenty to stop and admire, and we shall! 9.5 miles Mostly flat with some undulation. Mostly off road. Some rough and rutted sections.
Not suitable for road bikes.

Holmwood Hopmog - Easy +

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Meet at 10:15am for a 10:30am start at Scamell's CP, Blackbrook Road, Holmwood.
This CP is almost opposite the second entrance to Red Lane and is the first of two CP's along this road the second being at Four Wents. It is a figure of eight ride with two very different loops. The first generally follows the Circular Trail laid out by the National Trust, and is largely made up of winding gravel tracks. There is a viewpoint in the centre of this part of the ride from where you can see as far as the spire of St Barnabas Church on Ranmore Common. There is also a ford but for those that want to keep their feet dry - an optional bridge! The second loop is along wide bridle ways but does include a grass section. It is because of this and some loose gravel on sharp bends on the Circular Trail that merits the Easy+. The route is generally flattish with only gentle ups and downs. Over 90% off road with a distance of around 8 miles.
Not suitable for road bikes.

Horton Park (The Star) - Easy

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Meet at the later time of 10:30am for a 10:4am start at The Star, Kingston Road, Leatherhead, KT22 0DP (The pub doesn't open until 12).
We enjoy a section of Ashtead Common and then the full loop of Horton Park. We also have the option to add a little if we feel fresh!

Lakes & Nature Trails - Easy

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Meet at 10:30am for a 10:45am start at the top of Carlton Road.
Join us for a super ride which undulates through Gatton Park, where we turn through the Royal Alexander & Albert School and down a long, exhilarating descent to Merstham. Here we cut through the back streets and playing fields to Spyres Mere Nature Reserve where we can stop and admire the waterfowl. On along cycle route 21 to Mercers Park Lake and through countryside to the back of Redhill, where we cut through the attractive but compact Water Meadows estate back to our starting point. About 8 miles, mostly flat with some small rises. Some unmade tracks but not too bumpy.
Hybrids & mountain bikes only.

Lime Kiln Loop - Easy

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Meet at 9:45am for 10:00am at the Plough pub, Church Road, Leigh RH2 8NJ.
This approximately 8 mile loop is only undertaken in the dry as it involves two sections of off road riding which takes beautiful field tracks which are too muddy in wet weather. However, in the dry expect a very bumpy ride as they can be rutted! Sections can be walked if you get too jolted around. We start out heading SE and take a bridleway across to he site of the old Lime Kiln, then touch Deanoak Lane before turning onto another track by Ridgewood Stud. We travel our favourite wooded track through the ancient Hammonds Copse before turning back along lovely country lanes to the Plough.
About 8 miles, mostly flat. Some rough field riding. Dirt tracks. Country lanes.
Mountain bikes preferable.

Margery Mooch 1 & 2 - Easy

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Both rides meet at 10:30 for a 10:45 Start at the junction of Margery Lane and Mint Lane, Tadworth (also sometimes listed as Kingswood). Close post code for Sat Nav is KT20 7BL.

For Margery Mooch 1, from this elevated position we will cross the dual carriageway into Blackhorse Lane and then take a bridleway to Gatwick Farm. From there we negotiate a stony and rutted track down to Grub Wood (you may have to dismount here for a few minutes if you are not confident- but easily navigable if you are used to off-roading) and along via a lovely field if conditions are dry or some small lanes if wet , back across the A217 (via the pedestrian crossing- no riding!) towards Walton Heath. We cross the motorway bridge here to admire the breathtaking view from Colley Hill, riding along the top for a half mile or so and enjoying it all before returning to Margery Lane by way of different bridleways. About one hour or so with a couple of little ups and downs.

For Margery Mooch 2 we follow Margery Lane West to the NT CP where we turn N to a long flat bridleway onto Walton Heath. This has long views across fields, windswept and lovely and with the sounds of the 'red listed' skylark if we're lucky. On to Walton Heath where we do some grass/ mud riding along permitted bridleways, before enjoying the same route as 1 across the top of Reigate Hill and back- with a diversion for coffee if time allows!
Can be very muddy in winter. Some rough, stony or grassy sections, and some short ups and downs which can be walked. About 5.5 to 7 miles.
Not suitable for road bikes.

Meath Green Meander - Easy +

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Meet at 10:00am for a 10:15am start at the Woodhatch end of Lonesome Lane, Reigate.
This is off the A217 Dovers Green Road. If you are driving then please park considerately on the road. This is an attractive, largely flat circuit of approx 8 miles, first riding down the prettily named Lonesome Lane (you won't be lonesome as you'll be with a nice group of cyclists), then a slightly busier bit where we pass through Meath Green before turning back toward Sidlow. There is one long hill, which we will tackle at our own pace, walking for some, or most of it if necessary. There is also an unavoidable half mile on the A217 which allows us to link the ride up. We can walk on the pavement if you are very anxious in traffic, but usually it is not too busy. Unusually for Bikefit, this whole ride, apart from one small, well surfaced track, is on road. Dependent on the standard of riders we have an option to extend our ride along a very pretty and well surfaced bridleway. This does add another 3.5 miles, making it rather long for a beginners ride- but it is optional and very flat!
Suitable for MTB & hybrids.

Norbury Park - Easy +

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Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am start at Fetcham CP, on the roundabout between Young Street (the A246) and the B2122.
Young Street is the main A246 south of Leatherhead and the main road to Guildford. 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 R immediately you exit the roundabout towards Bocketts farm. A close postcode for sat nav is KT22 9BS. Bocketts Farm is signposted in from around the area so it should be fairly straightforward to find! This pretty ride is almost all off road, but the surfaces are changeable, some are fairly firm, some rough and semi 'technical- small gullies, roots and slippery surfaces, there will also be mud after rain, particularly during the winter months. There are also a few small hills and some gentle climbs. The surfaces and climbing make this an easy + ride despite it being a relatively short one of only around 6 to 7.5 miles, depending on whether we take a short detour to Polesden Lacey for scones mid ride and then still have tea at the end at Bocketts! We pass two lovely viewpoints, a sawmill and may see Norbury Park House. This has an interesting history and was built in 1774, although it is privately owned so we can't go in for a nosy! 5/7.5 miles. Some rough, rooty and stony tracks.
Not suitable for road bikes.

Outwood Bound - Easy

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Meet at 10:30am for a 10:45am 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 an easy paced about 7.5 mile ride around this beautiful area. The first part of the ride is a seemingly endless gentle downhill down a partially surfaced bridleway, past picturesque farm houses and swathes of fields, with a lovely view in the distance. From there we have a short section on West Park Road, the B2028, which can be be quite busy, after which you are rewarded by a pretty ride through the countryside between Smallfield & Horne along a narrow and attractive quiet lane. There is one hill at the end of the ride which can be walked!
Not suitable for road bikes.

Reigate to Ricebridge - Easy +

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Meet at 10:00am for a 10:15am start at the Priory CP in Reigate, opposite Gourmet Wok, 55 Bell Street, Reigate, RH2 7AQ.
NB PARKING: There is parking in this CP, which is around £2.20 for 2 or £2.70 for 3 hours. Morrisons CP next door has a 2 hour limit with a hefty fine if you exceed it, probably not worth the risk! There are also two other CPs, one close by in Bancroft Road. A careful search may find some free parking on roads outside the town and then you can cycle in. This is a mish mash of a couple of other routes plus added extra in the form of Wonham Deer Park. About half this ride is off road, with an optional extra half mile, which is very mucky in winter so to be avoided at that time and a number of small hills so you can enjoy the reward of a few long down hills. From the park we touch the main road (on the cycle path) for a few minutes before turning R towards the base of the hill where we enjoying a loop around the area before heading on to Reigate Heath and out along the bridleway to Betchworth. This is a long but gentle climb- don't worry we can take a breather or two! After enjoying an off road downhill (fast as you like but don't crash in to the gate at the (sudden) bottom, we turn to retrace our path back towards Reigate but take a different route back to the Priory utilising a short dirt (very muddy in winter) climb past the Skimmington pub and then on along a footpath, where we walk if there are pedestrians. Fitter types can climb the steep hill to the top and enjoy a fast downhill to meet us at the end of the footpath. 7 or 8 miles. Undulating; some easier grade climbs, but nothing too long and steep. Some rough and potholed tracks. Moderate to deep mud in wet weather, but in short sections. Mountain bikes or hybrids only.
Not suitable for road bikes.

Reigate Recce - Easy + /Short Steady

Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00am start at the Priory CP in Reigate, opposite Gourmet Wok, 55 Bell Street, Reigate, RH2 7AQ.
NB PARKING: There is parking in this CP, which is around £2 to £3 for 2 or 3 hours. Morrisons CP next door has a 2 hour limit with a hefty fine if you exceed it, probably not worth the risk! There are also two other CPs, one close by in Bancroft Road. A careful search may find some free parking on roads outside the town and then you can cycle in. This is a meandering route around the little known and quiet roads and bridleways of Reigate. There are one or two rough and potholed tracks to liven things up, and a number of small hills so you can enjoy the reward of a few long downhills. From the Park we take the roads briefly towards Redhill, if we are feeling energetic and it's not too wet we will climb up onto Redhill Common and admire the view before heading down to Donyngs leisure centre. From there we take the cycle path towards Reigate and see if we can spot the allotment diggers toiling over their plots.We move on towards Reigate Hill, climbing in short sections, past the house where Malcolm Campbell, who won the world speed records on land and water in the '20s and '30s, kept his car the Blue Bird. Alternatively, we will take two long bridleways alongside Wray Lane. We cross Reigate Hill with care and then head to the very foot of the North Downs, enjoying some private roads and immaculately kept mansions, including the house and stables of celebrated jockey Ron Hutchinson, who won more than 50 cups spanning a 40 year career and was retained by the Duke of Norfolk for 16 years. From here we take a long, rough track to the outskirts of Reigate, where we will use the cycle path on the main road into Priory Park for a drink and healthy snack (or unhealthy...!) 7/8/9 8 miles. Undulating; some short but noticeable climbs, but nothing too long or steep. Some rough and potholed tracks. Some mud in wet weather. Mountain bikes or hybrids only.
Car Park charges in Reigate up to £2.20 2 hours/ £2.70 3 hours (correct at time of writing, August 2016)
Not suitable for road bikes.

Ringing the Bell - Easy +

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Meet at 10:30am for a 10:45am start at Outwood Windmill, the same spot as ride 'Outwood Bound'.
Parking is available on the lane. This 7.5 mile ride starts out east along Gayhouse Lane and follows a well surfaced bridleway gently downhill through into Hangdog Wood, turning up north to a short but rough broken concrete path uphill (might have to get off here to admire the view) and then riding through the gorgeous South Park Farm area with it's wonderful manor house. We can stop a little further on to quietly enter a private garden and admire the outlook. We then follow a series of bridleways through fields and woods west towards Tye Copse. These bridleways as with the others, are mostly well surfaced. In winter there will be short muddy sections but these are easily navigable. Eventually we arrive on Outwood lane, part of the Surrey Cycleway. We do 2.5 miles along this road back towards the Windmill and the Bell for refreshments. There is not much traffic but what there is may come past fast so care is needed. Whilst the road is accurately described as undulating, there is more up than down! Most of the gradient is gentle but it does go on a bit, which together with a few rough stony sections has led to a classification of Easy+. 7.5 miles, Undulating with one mile or so of gradual climb. Rough stony sections, no much mud.
Mountain bikes only.

Salfords Saunter - Easy

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Meet at 10:15am for 10:30am 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. here we have a choice of adding a 1.3 mile extension to reach 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! If we choose not to extend we travel a short distance along Smallfield Rd. From there we turn North alongside the M23, past fields and along quiet lanes, including one long, steady but mild climb, with a final push at the top! A combination of bridleways and roads of approximately 7.5 miles. May be muddy. 7.5 to 9 miles. One hill. Some stony and/ or muddy tracks (mud track can be avoided if necessary).
Not suitable for road bikes.

Shellwood Circuit - Easy

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Meet at 10:00am for a 10:15am start outside the Plough Pub, at the junction of Tapners Road and Church Road, Leigh RH2 8PD. (5/10 mins drive from Reigate).
Please park considerately on the roads and Green. Please do not use the pub car park. This ride is a reversal of the Dawes Green Doddle with a 2 mile extension going out towards Beare Green. We travel South towards Norwood Hill first before turning onto a well surfaced bridleway through Mynthurst Farm and then through the ancient Hammonds Copse, where the surface turns to dirt, so may be muddy. After a short section on a road we take a private road East and then onto another well surfaced bridleway towards Holmwood Common, before heading back East to Leigh. 8.5 miles. Mostly flat. Some dirt sections. About 50% off road.

Strood Stroll - Easy

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Meet at 10:00am for a 10:15am start in the car park behind St Michael's church, Church St, Betchworth RH3 7DN.
After tuning into Church St, keep R at the fork immediately in front of the church into the car park. This very pretty approximately 8 mile ride has a mixture of quiet lanes and bridlepaths, which can be muddy after rain. It winds through the rural beauty of Strood Green, with some tranquil views and crosses the River Mole twice. It has a couple of steady hills, which we can walk if necessary. On the plus side, we get two fabulous downhills!
Not suitable for road bikes

Tanhouse Toddle - Easy +

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Meet by the church in Newdigate, Church Lane, Newdigate, Surrey, RH5 5DL at 10:00am for a 10:15am start.
Come and enjoy some off road riding on some beautiful bridle paths and challenge yourself a little on the grassy fields that stretch for half a mile west of Tanhouse Farm. This can be tricky in wet conditions, but we can walk it if we need to; you are rewarded by a glimpse of little seen views and the pretty village of Newdigate. Tea and very good cake at Tanhouse Farm afterwards. Go on, you know you want to! About 7.5 miles. Some rough, stony and grassy sections.
Mountain bikes only, but hybrids will be OK in dry weather.

Tilt at the Mill - Easy +

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Meet at 10:15am for a 10:30am start at the Downside Bridge car park on Downside Road Cobham.
NOTE the 2 metre height restriction on entry. This CP is immediately after Downside Bridge (which crosses the Mole) on the left. The nearest post code happens to be located a short crawl from The Plough Inn as KT11 3LT. This ride is around 10 miles in length pushing it to a Easy +. Only one short hill although some ups and downs as well but of no real effort. A very short grass section due to a recent re-routing of the BP but even this can be bypassed. Mostly quiet lanes with a nice mix of bridle paths. Only one busy spot at the end of Cobham high street which we may walk 200 metres avoiding the traffic and enjoying the river Mole and the last remaining working mill in Cobham. There were once three! See the smallest chapel for miles around at Downsend and see if you can spot the spelling mistake.
Not suitable for road bikes but hybrids will be OK in summer.