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Tilburstow Hill

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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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Ride Description


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 

Ride Details 
  • 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.

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