Ride Level: Red - Challenging
Gravel/CX MTB | GPX Route | Traffic-free | Natural, Gravel and Single Track | 40 km/24 miles
A ride of contrasts, starting from Coulsdon South Station the ride covers the broad chalky heathlands before descending the North Downs ridge to skirt Godstone.
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Catch the train to Coulsdon South and pretty much immediately you are riding through the broad chalk Happy Valley, gradually climbing as you head south.
It does get a bit lumpy as you approach the ridgeline, but it's worth it for the views from the lookout - on a clear day you can see France - err, not quite, South Downs for sure.
It's a steep descent towards Bletchingly, when you cross the A25, wriggle a bit and approach a sandy and in summer technical climb up Tilburstow Hill.
The bridleway leads you around the other side and along the wooded greensand ridge to Hurst Green and then a shady little run down in Oxted awaits you.
Take a break here - cos the next climb up the ridgeline is arduous. Near the top of the ridgeline take care, it's a confusing mess of bridleway and footpaths - you may have to walk your bike right a the top.
From Hurst point, the route heads along the Woldingham Valley, with another short sharp climb to Warlingham. There's a welcome break on the tarmac through Whyteleafe before another steep old climb up to the iconic WWII Kenley aerodrome complete with the remains of the air raid shelters and a memorial to those aircrews that didn't return.
Rejoin the road for a couple of miles through Old Coulsdon, returning to Coulsdon South Station
Start and End Points
Start/Finish: South Coulsdon
- Distance: 40 km | 24 miles
- Climb: 840 m | 2800 ft
- Percentage off-road: 60%
- Trail surface: Natural | Gravel | Cycle Paths | Single Track
- Technical Grade: Red - Challenging Climbs
Places to Visit
22 miles: Royal Airforce Tribute - Kenley
Places to Eat
14 miles: Numerous Cafe's and pubs in Oxted
Is this ride for me?
Ideal for fitter riders with some off-road experience and reasonable fitness
Is my bike OK for this ride?
The route is best completed on the gravel/CX bike or a mountain bike.