- Surrey Hills – Conditions
I have not ridden off road for a few weeks in the Surrey Hills, partly due to work, home and also because I am enjoying the road riding.
But planning to head out tomo to Surrey Hill. Ranmore, Westcott, Holmbury etc. Any updates on conditions appreciated so I can kit myself accordingly.
ThanksPosted 5 years ago
Was out for 1.5 hours round Holmbury and Pitch this afternoon, and it was probably the worst / most depressing ride of the year, and bearing in mind how bad it’s been this year, that’s saying something. Having a hangover from the office Christmas dinner last night didn’t help, but even so, trails were just awful. Even the stuff that holds up well was pretty grim. I resorted to riding the big sandy tracks.Posted 5 years ago
Not sure even a hard frost will help, because there are so many deep puddles on most of the trails. If these freeze over, it will be entertaining to say the least!
Cold and bright morning, but I imagine like last weekend it will be pretty mushy up there. Tennis instead for me this morning. Might go for a quick spin later though depends ng on reports and mud nearby.
Generally shirty year for riding on the whole. Just glad I held off buying a new bike. Let’s hope 2013 is better.Posted 5 years ago
just in from a Dorking -> Holmbury loop, it’s not so bad on the main trails, didn’t do any of the “gnarr” Pitch stuff.
the sky is clear and temps dropping fast, it’s going to be facebitingly cold tonight and a great tomorrow for anyone OK with a bit of frost nip.
bloody nice pint of ‘Wandle’ in the Hatch. (The proper Hatch).
Whatever you do, usual plea: Stay off Parklife until the spring…
pfffff.Posted 5 years ago
Actually the work done on Parklife / Yog Pots has made it one of the better trails in the grim conditions. Credit to the trail pixies who have done a tremendous job.
I went exploring over St Marthas today and have to say the sandy soil and much lower traffic made for some cracking riding. The odd patch churned by horses but had soooo much more fun today than yesterday. There’s some upside to grim trails – forces you to get the map out and explore and you inevitably turn up a few hidden gems of trails.Posted 5 years agoFieldMarshallSubscriber
Was exceptionally quiet out on the trails today, despite the car park and shop bring really busy.
Only saw 2 other bikes in over an hour on Pitch/winterfold at one stage.
Conditions really variable. Found some lesser ridden stuff that was bone dry, but popular sections were a mud fest.Posted 5 years ago
Over towards Devils Punchbowl today (so not quite SH!) – ground really firm and best riding for ages. Too cold for gloop anywhere. But water erosion (in secret areas) has made for some interesting changes to some favourite (slightly) cheeky trails ie, the holes were big enough to swallow my bike and me!!!Posted 5 years ago
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