Level: Blue - Moderate
Gravel/CX/MTB | GPX Route | Traffic-free | Cycle paths & trails | 48km/30miles
Follow the Thames upstream to Weybridge before cutting through to ride on one of the few remaining parts of the original Brooklands Motor Circuit. Tackle the challengingly sandy Ockham Common and see one of the Semaphore towers that linked the Admiralty in London with the fleet at Portsmouth.
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Leave Surbiton and follow quiet roads across Thames Ditton to the Mole River before heading up to the River Thames, which you follow upstream to Weybridge. Pick up NCR 4 around Weybridge and jump into the woodlands en route to Weybridge Station.
After the station, you follow the railway path back down to the Wey Valley before turning under the railway into what was once the Brooklands Estate. Bear with the boring cycle path through a car park until you reach a wild space on the old aerodrome. Take the taxiway to the eastern end and turn right!
Look at the concrete cambered section you’re riding on and imagine the motor racing in the 30’s – you’re on the track!
Alas, it's only a remnant. There’s a bit of footpath at the end that will lead you sneaking through a narrow band of woodland before you hit Mill Lane which you follow back to the River Wey.
It’s bridleways all the way with a mixture of surfaces, cyclocross fans will love the sandy sections of Ockham Common. Stop to admire the recently restored Semaphore Tower at Chatley Heath before heading off past towards Downside Common and Stoke D’Abernon, through Princes’ Coverts and on up to Claygate and finally back to Surbiton.
Start and End Points
Surbiton Railway Station
- Distance: 48km | 30 miles
- Climb: 380m | 1240 ft
- Percentage off-road: 60%
- Trail surface: Natural |Gravel |Woodland Single Track | Cycle path
- Mudometer: medium with some muddy patches in wet weather, sandy parts stretches in Ockham Common.
- Trails: 60% off-road with sections of natural trail combined with compact gravel and cycle paths and quiet roads.
Places to visit
14 miles: Brooklands Museum
18miles: Chatley Heath Semaphore Tower
Places to eat
21 miles: The Cricketers, Downside Common
Is this ride for me?
Ideal for riders with some off-road experience and reasonable fitness
Is my bike OK for this ride?
You can do this on a hybrid bike in Summer when dry, however, it's more fun when ridden on an MTB or other Gravel/CX bike.