Surrey Hills conditions
mashiehood – Member
I try and steer clear during the winter to avoid damaging the area
Are you American by any chance? 😉 😀
Not been over since last week but it’s been dry for a bit and chilled so should be mostly okay. Last weekend wasn’t too sloppy.
It’s always rideable round there. Just seasonal variation which makes it constantly changing which is nice rather than same old hard park trail centre stuff.
Only bits to avoid really when especially wet are north downs chalk/clay trails.
And Walking Bottom car park 😉 . In fact best avoided at weekends anyway, especially mornings. Oddly it seems to get even more busy after the end of summer.Posted 1 year ago
Just had a quick blast on Holbury and Pitch – amazing how good conditions are. Trails smooth and dry and fun to ride. Only hiccup in the normal puddle at the bottom of reservoir dogs (I think – acid’s alternative way down from H Hill to start of BKB) – where the normal puddle at the bottom of the descent before the short climb back to the reservoitr caught me out yet again – I hate that puddle, its deeper than it looks and a lot muddier. Three close shaves on it recently!!
Feels odd riding BKB after the recent court ruling. Didn’t stop but hard to see how the unfortunate guy bailed out left?Posted 1 year agodeadkennySubscriber
Boggy boggy boggy, and yeah it’s been chucking it down on and off in the week and very heavy last night so it won’t have improved.
Problem is it doesn’t stop getting ridden. Not that I’m a “don’t ride wet trails!” obsessive, but when it’s reached saturation point such that you’re going to be covered in mud on every trail, zero grip and puddles up to your cranks you have to consider that the less shitty trail is a better option.
Last week the fireroads were sticky and draggy making it hard to pedal up. The car parks are pretty bad also, especially WB.
Even Holmbury is sloppy in parts. Yog Pots was back to living up to its name.Posted 1 year ago
Thx, guys pretty much waht I expected given incessant recent rain. Might nip over to Punchbowl or even Swinley instead.
The rain has eroded some of my fav cheeky trials on he Punchbowl. The fairies have built a medium-ish drop off one particular favourite that has now been washed down, making it more like a gap now. Too much for me!!
A nice new bermed section of Gibbet looks fun though.
Agree DK, makes sense to leave SH alone when they are this wet.
Did fancy a leek and pork slice for lunch though!!!Posted 1 year ago
The pull of a pork and leek slice is strong today…
Rode Holmbury and Pitch last week and was ok despite the wet.
Anyone ridden Winterfold area in past 36 hours? How’s Evian area? Ditto N monkey and Summer Madness etc?
Bit parky out first thing though – so will need to wrap up!!Posted 12 months ago
Rode CB /SM and LL on Sat and then again Sun evening.. the end bit as usual is a bit slick. They were running quite nicely.
Didn’t tackle anything in Winterfold on Sat other than Rockstar which
iswas also dry.. I’d avoid following on through the Waterfall(the bridle way/foothpath) into Farley Green (if you are heading that way that is) as it’s wet..very wet.
Avoid any bridleway as most if not all of them are a right mess completely churned up.
Pitch Clunk, Curly Wurly and Supernova were all ok.Posted 12 months ago
That’s yet another new one!
Embarrassed to say that went to P’lake – had a pork and leek slice, the rain started to come down hard, had another, couldn’t be bothered, came home 😳
First time I have wimped on a ride but just couldn’t be bothered yesterday – a heavy cold is the only excuse. Drier today, so perhaps a ride tomorrowPosted 11 months ago
Jambs – Looking at the “crime scenes” I would hazard a guess that there seems to be use of some heavy machinery involved given the size of debris placed across the trail. Effects trails that start or end on fire roads.
However, most of the affected trails are still ride able albeit with a bit carrying over the debris.
SH is seeing some very heavy usage these days.Posted 11 months agoHob NobMember
Yep, The start of Secret Santa was blocked off, along with carpet land – and the new extension into SS. The 2 old trails either side of the valley after Evian have had the exits blocked. The new trail 14A seems to have survived though
I know it was almost ideal conditions this weekend, but i’ve never seen it so busy.
Interesting extension on Indian Summer now – just what’s needed, more jump lines!Posted 11 months agolcjMember
I do think we could help ourselves with less broadcasting of what’s been re-opened, built et c. Is it just coincidence for example the P&S’ Facebook page showed a particular trail up and running again and now it’s been blocked off? Admittedly it might well be a vigilant landowner in this case, but it’s not difficult for a non-cyclist to put the internet and Strava together these days.
Sorry to sound grumpy, but I do worry about the long term future of riding round there given the amount of traffic and digging these days.
The hills were in hero-dirt condition this weekend though! No cake left in the stores by the time I got there however..Posted 11 months agojoolsburgerMember
The regulars over there are really doing no one any favours. Also I wonder if people are aware that there are more than two car parks on Pitch. Locals and landowners are getting really really really pissed off with us.Posted 11 months ago
Had a long conversation with some local dog walkers there on Sunday and I think it’s the way we exclude everyone else that’s an issue.
Need to spread out a bit!
lcj – hard with the broadcasting part – every now and then one of the well known mags put SH on the map, in addtion videos popping up every now and then of the ‘loam shredding’, add Strava to the melting pot and even the less discreet trails get blown open.
Jump lines being built in open view, large groups of upwards of 6 riding around etc all add to the issue I guess.
jools – even the not so frequented car parks were packed right from the Winterfold area up to the YHA, it seemed a busy day in the hills as there were loads or walkers and orienteers etc. (even CP 7 was full)Posted 11 months agojoolsburgerMember
This kind of stuff won’t help. Giving way to walkers is a basic thing really but to be fair seems like the walker couldn’t have been in a worse spot. If someone does get hurt I fear eventually they’ll curb our enthusiasm.Posted 11 months ago
@jools saw that on the ranger’s facebok, hard to blame the mtb-ers if the walker is scrambling / climbing up a non-footpath trail
As above Starva etc means there are very few secrets. In the past people where put off going there as they might find nothing. Now its all heatmap and segments.Posted 11 months ago
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