Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

About the Muddymoles

Posted by Matt | October 1, 2005 | 14 comments so far

We are a group of mountain bike (MTB) riders that do most of our riding in the Mole Valley and the Surrey Hills, basically around Box Hill and Ranmore near Dorking with forays further afield to the Leith Hill, Pitch Hill and Holmbury Hill areas.

We’re lucky enough to live close to some of the best mountain biking trails in the South East and there’s something for everybody – from all day rides to sweet singletrack and lumpy technical bits.

We’re not particularly fit, we’re not exactly skilled and we’re not that young, we just go out and have fun and enjoy meeting similarly minded people along the way.

If you’re new to mountain biking or an old hand, or just visiting the area, we hope you find this site useful.


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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  1. Neil Fones says:

    Just came across yout site-very nice. I rode alot with Cycleworks+friends approx 5 years ago-over similar routes you describe.

    Anyone remember me? Neil/IKEA-still riding a KLEIN full suspension and living in Westerham.

    Hi Neil, Dave here. I remember you, I seem to recall your battle cry was “I know a good route, it’s just over here……no….over here….here maybe…” ;o) All the best!

  2. Dave Leonard says:

    Hi chaps, yes we (as you say) are not too fit, young or good at it. But we do have good clean and dirty fun! Just done the South Downs point to point and we all finished. At the moment we ride at the lookout at Bracknell great fun but we are looking for other rides what’s Surrey Hills like? We are near the start of the M3 so it’s not too bad to get there.

  3. Matt says:

    Dave, thanks for the comments.

    Have to recommend the Surrey Hills pretty highly if you are happy to travel – it’s certainly not as far as the South Downs and the riding around Leith and Holmbury Hills is excellent.

    We’d be happy to show you round the area sometime so drop us a line and we’ll try and arrange something.

  4. colin mims says:

    hi matt i live in crawley west sussex and i am looking for a group to ride with, i am like you lads i ride for the fun of it

  5. colin mims says:

    hi matt thanks for getting back to me,where and what days do you meet,sunday is normaly best for me

  6. Steve Sumner says:


    Trying to get in touch via Outlook and struggling!

    Looking for a group to ride with in the area?

    Drop me a line please


  7. colin mims says:

    Hi Matt, owing to job loss I am selling my Trek Fuel EX 8, its four months old and has not done any serious off road work, no scratches, dents etc. If you know of anyone who might be intrerested my number is 07955151510.

    Many thanks Colin

  8. Yvonne Heyes says:

    Hi I am new to mountain biking after entering a night bike race in South Africa. I would like to join a group of riders. Is Muddymoles a male only domain. Would love to hear from you.


    Maybe later my husband would like to join. He has a long way to go although he did 25k night ride in Karkloof S.A. he has the T-Shirt to prove it…-:)

  9. Dave says:

    Hi Yvonne,

    No we’re not a male only domain but not many females ride with us. There are a few and more are always welcome.

    Use the link at the bottom of the page to email Matt and we’ll try to sort something out.

  10. Derek says:

    Just found the site whilst researching alternative venues to QE and Leith/Holmbury, Rogate looks good, I’m definitely not young but reasonably fit and enthusiastic. How do you get to this place and where to park ?

  11. Andy C says:

    Hi Derek,

    We don’t get out to Rogate very often, as it’s about an hour’s drive for most of us, and the lack of an uplift puts us lazy buggers off. Here’s some details & directions.


    Directions from London:

    Follow A3 south to the Petersfield, Sheet and junction (A272 to Midhurst).

    At first Roundabout turn left into Sheet.

    Follow B2070 for approx 3 miles until you see a pub on the right hand side.

    Turn Right before the pub and follow country road for approx 1 mile to T junction.

    At junction turn left and follow road down hill.

    Parking is on the left next in layby.

  12. Bob Cooper says:

    Hey – I met couple of your guys last year at Swinley. I live in California but I am coming back to the UK next month and it would be good to catch up again for a ride in your neck of the woods. When do you ride and how do you post the rides on your site? See you soon – Mr.C [Bob]

  13. D'AndyC says:

    Hi Bob – Welcome back, though are you sure you want to swap California for the UK? There’s usually 2 rides per week, Wed evening & Sun morning. Rides will be posted on the Home page in the ‘Upcoming’ section. We had a good ride again this morning, read all about it shortly.

  14. Dennis says:

    Was searching for a pic and stumbled upon your site…..its definitely one of the better sites and the kind I look forward to read especially with the review section. Great stuff guys! Keep it up.

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