Ride Level: Expert
MTB/CX/Gravel Bike | Fully Guided | Challenging singletrack | 67 miles | 7 to 8 hours
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Surrey is unusually blessed with a dense network of bridleways and gravelly tracks, if you want to try gravel riding, this is the perfect day adventure for you.
This is a long route, most of which is off-road with nothing too technical – it’s just a great gravel ride.
Any questions? have a look at our FAQ's or Contact us
Meeting at Stir Café on Brixton Hill, we head out towards Headley via Mitcham Common and its fair to say that we are almost entirely off-road from Mitcham Common onwards.
Linking heaths and commons, the route brings us to the North Downs ridge at Buckland Hill and from here we follow the ridgeline west to Headley before dropping into the Mole Valley at Mickleham.
Climbing back to Fetcham Downs, our route takes in some of the best gravel tracks in the region, past Ranmore and on to Abinger Hammer, which’s pretty much 30km uninterrupted off-road riding!
We stop in Abinger Hammer for refreshments.
Our route back into town is more northerly, cutting across heaths and commons to Effingham Junction and the curiously named ‘Isle of Wight’ – a group of houses stuck in the common … weird name!
Continuing back into London crossing Ashtead Common joining the Hogs Mill river to Raynes Park before joining tarmac back to Brixton.
Stir Café, 111 Brixton Hill, Brixton, London SW2 1AA
- Meet at 9 am at Stir Coffee.
- Duration: 7½ - 8½ hours.
- Distance: 108 km (67 miles)
- Estimated average speed: 15 kmph.
- Trails: This a ‘gravel ride’ predominantly off-road trails of differing quality linked together by quiet lanes.
- Technical Grade: Black – Moderately intense physical challenge taken at a sensible pace to suit regular cyclists who have some experience of off-road riding.
- Group Size: 8 people.
- A refreshment stop mid-way (cost of refreshments is not included in the ride).
Is this ride for me?
This ride is a moderately intense physical challenge suitable for regular riders with reasonable levels of fitness and some off-road experience.
The pace of the ride will be adapted to suit the cyclists on the day and the route may change to meet the capabilities of the group as a whole, the leader will make sure that no one is left out or behind!
Is my bike OK for this ride?
The ride is suitable for well-maintained mountain, gravel or CX bikes.
There will be a basic bike check before each ride to ensure riders' safety, so please make sure your bike is in good condition with working brakes and gears, along with pumped up tyres and an oiled chain.
If in doubt, please get your bike checked over by a competent mechanic or bike shop before the ride. Here is a list of local bike shops we're happy to recommend.
Remember to plan ahead, many bike shops are very busy and service slots are often booked out in advance.
What do I need to bring?
- Helmet (wearing helmets is a must on our rides)
- Spare inner tube
- Water and snacks
- Rain jacket (if required)
- Suitably warm/cool clothing for the weather
- Sunscreen (as necessary)
Snacks and drinks are not provided on this ride - please ensure you have adequate food and drink, as there are few opportunities on the route to buy provisions.
What's included in the price?
- Guide for the entire ride
- Coaching hints and skill tips about 'off road' cycling
- Pre-ride bike and helmet safety checks
- Fixing mechanical faults/punctures where possible