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  • Morning Everyone

    Normally cycle around Swinley but went walking at Reigate Hills last week and noticed some bikers going off for a ride. Its ten minutes away from my house and wanted to find out if there was a good ride there, and if anybody knows any details?

    Al

    Premier Icon michaelbowden
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    mthe north downs way will take you all the way from reigate hill to boxhill and beyond giving you all the best riding the northdowns has to offer.

    glenp
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    If Reigate Hill is 10 mins from your house you’re driving past Surrey Hills to get to Swinley?

    lcj
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    It’s ok in the dry, but like the Somme in the wet. Probably ok for a blast after work, but I would keep going to Leith et c or Swinley if I were you.

    There is a hidden DH track on Box Hill, but again its a dry weather only affair, if only because the push back up is horrific in the wet!

    sputnik
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    Reigate Hill is ok. Couple of VERY fast downhills but they are over quickly. Pretty views, can keep you busy for a while. Gets rather muddy in places. Did it last weekend and enjoyed it.

    lcj
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    Also a couple of dh tracks in Reigate Priory park – short and not that hard, but quite fun. Again, best in dry conditions!

    nukeproof
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    Use to pretty much always start from Reigate Hill. You can do a nice loop by going up to the Reigate Hill viewpoint then head north over the M25, across Banstead Heath, continue to Langley Vale, then head south again on Pebble Lane then Stane Street. This takes you through to a descent nearly into Mickleham. You can then go up the bridleway to the side of Box Hill or Juniper Bottom bridleway. Then its back via Headley Heath and then the North Downs Way.

    Potential cafe stops at Headley Heath car park, Box Hill and Reigate Hill. Best to get OS Explorer 146 map. Can get slowed down by horses on the weekend and some section having limited horse overtaking ability so you’ve got to hope the horse riders are in a happy mood.

    HTTP404
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    Reigate to Leith Hill is also doable. Though a little more road than usual.
    Reigate Hill was pretty muddy last weekend so you were probably better off at Swinley.

    nukeproof
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    Reigate to Leith Hill is also doable. Though a little more road than usual.

    To reduce the road and if your legs are up for it, drop down into Mickleham, cross the A24 then up to Norbury Park, across to Ranmore (could take in the back of Polsden Lacey) then along the top dropping down into either Westcott then up Wolverns or drop down to Abinger Hammer and through the little paths to Peaslake

    Premier Icon phinbob
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    There’s tons of riding around there, sometimes muddy, but plenty of trails, and some good riding. Some testing climbs (well at least for me) and some good descents.

    I like the one that starts here

    http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=519595&Y=151522&A=Y&Z=120

    And goes down to the A25.

    And this one is quite good fun

    http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=522160&Y=155569&A=Y&Z=120

    But there are plenty more.

    Lots of night riding groups around as well.

    Two threads about Reigate in a two days!

    nukeproof
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    And this one is quite good fun

    http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=522160&Y=155569&A=Y&Z=120

    That one is in the loop I described; its a good one, lots of rocks in places. Always muddy towards the top as the horse owners to the left of the path drain the crappy water on to the path.

    :EDIT: hey, just saw you profile phinbob…its fatbob from the old forum! So you’re now thin?

    Premier Icon phinbob
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    I’m a bit thinner than I was, thought of using “notasfatashewasbob” but it didn’t scan….

    I’m not *exactly* thin, but I’ve mislaid 25% of my bodyweight somewhere…

    HTTP404
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    some good descents.

    be careful of walkers tho. especially on Sundays.

    nukeproof
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    I’m not *exactly* thin, but I’ve mislaid 25% of my bodyweight somewhere…

    😆 all good for the cycling. Lost some myself last year and it does make the hills easier.

    I remembered your name as there are a few around from the Redhill/Caterham area. Seem to remember Twiglet Monster organised a ride but I couldn’t go.

    *waves*

    that was a good day 🙂

    TM

    “cafe” stop (caravan without wheels) at Headley common car park has gone :?, used to stop there for a bacon butty every time I passed

    Premier Icon phinbob
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    There is a snack trailer thing at weekends now…

    MTB-Idle
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    “cafe” stop (caravan without wheels) at Headley common car park has gone :?, used to stop there for a bacon butty every time I passed

    Back when I was picking beans in Guatemala, we used to make fresh coffee, right off the trees I mean. That was good.

    watch out for the highland cattle on headley common.
    one got loose and nearly trampled my bike as i tried to take a photo of it.

    MTB-Idle
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    watch out for the highland cattle on headley common.
    one got loose and nearly trampled my bike as i tried to take a photo of it

    Mooo!

    Crazysmudge aka Al,

    Did I understand your email correctly – you’re 10mins ride from Reigate Hill? I can show you some trails/put you in touch with some regular local groups/offer route advice (delete as applicable and as per your requirements!)

    I often struggle with the term “good ride”. It does all depend what you’re after. The riding around Redhill and Reigate tends to be very varied. The quantity and width/twistyness of singletrack varies with the season – the fully green trees and bushes of summer makes for much tighter twistier lines!

    HTH

    TM

    I think its time for another STW reigate/redhill ride!

    HTTP404
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    once the weather dries out a bit a group night ride would be good too.

    ah ha I see a plan forming 🙂

    I have a list of email addresses from folks who expressed an interest in semi-organised rides in the redhill/reigate area.

    I’ll send an email out to that list suggesting a night ride.

    I’ll post again in due course.

    TM

    nukeproof
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    Good to see TM still around. I’d be up for a Reigate/Redhill ride but not a night ride (no lights)

    MTB-Idle
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    we have a ride round that area planned for this sunday morning (5th April) if you are interested in joining us.

    Starting at LOMAC and then covering Stane St, Pub Steps, Norbury Park, Druids, Juniper Climb, Alpine Descent, Happy Valley ,Headley Heath ,Secret Singletrack, Stane St crossroads, down Alsation, Leatherhead Jumps, Exxon Mobil, 3 acres Barn and back to LOMAC.

    25 to 30 miles depending on variations and 2.5 to 3 hours riding time

    Ride sets off at 9-15 am SHARP. No exceptions

    nukeproof
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    @mtb-idle. Probably a bit late now (An hour before ride!) and, not sure if your offer is to OP, I don’t want to turn up uninvited but would have been interested in ride. Oh well 🙁

    Premier Icon vinnyeh
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    MTB-Idle, any chance I could get hold of a copy of your route, or you post up some grid refs- I’m living down that way at the moment, and am familiar with a few of the locations off that list, but not many, and could do with finding out what are the local names for some of the features.

    Nukeproof

    very much still around 🙂

    If folks are looking for regular rides in East Surrey then do look up MTB-idle and the merry bunch that are Diary of a Mountain Biker.

    Link available at a google search near you 🙂

    TM

    MTB-Idle
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    nukeproof, all comers are welcome but yes, it was probably a bit late in the day. Keep an eye out on my ride diary and let me know if you want to join a future ride.

    vinney, sorry but i dont have a GPS so no can do but you too are also welcome to join us.

    Hope you both got out riding cos it was an awesome day and a great ride. Here’s one of the quality descents we covered known locally as Alsatian cos, well, check the description on vimeo.

    Yes, I know the camera is shaky but I have cut out the better bits and added them into a longer video which will be posted/hosted later this week

    nukeproof
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    all comers are welcome but yes, it was probably a bit late in the day. Keep an eye out on my ride diary and let me know if you want to join a future ride.

    Will do…cheers mtb-idle. Did managed to get out…rode out from Dorking to Pitch, Holmbury etc: great ride. Think I know where that Alastian trail is if it’s off Stane St? The gate/driveway bit looks familiar but I could be wrong.

    MTB-Idle
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    yup, starts at the crossroads on stane street. Facing towards Juniper bottom you take the right hand trail heading downhill. The gates you recognise are the entrance to Cherkley court and the trail brings you out onto the Leatherhead by pass.

    As I mentioned, the video is a bit ‘raw’ but hopefully exciting. I have edited out the worst bits and added other less jerky footage from Sunday and will post up a fuller length video tomorrow evening.

    MTB-Idle
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    Latest video uploaded, let me know what you think

    Making plans for Nigel

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