Today I was the only mountain biker in Surrey…
As a working family man, the moon and stars have to align before I get a half day off with no commitments. However today was one of those days and the sun was shining bright. Perfect.
I dropped my son off in school fully kitted out to start a ride knowing that I had to be back to for 1:30pm to pick him up with only a vague ride plan other than seeing how many of my favourite trails I could put together in a morning.
Once I’d negotiated school traffic I headed up to Bocketts car park and along the Admirals Trackway. Next it was up to Polesden Lacy, across Yew trees, up to Ranmore and along to Collarbone. Down White down and along the roughs to Abinger Hammer, then over to Holmbury youth hostel.
Then across to (a very worn)BKB, down into a cyclist free Peaslake, up Walking bottom to Two headed dog, a quick tour of Pitch hill then back to the quarry, down the T trails and back to Peaslake. Up Radnor lane, over the great trails (Yoghurt Pots, Telegraph Road) to Holmbury St Mary.
A blast up Mother to Leith hill, past a completely quiet Tower, along to the bomb holes (the entry now has a “Cyclists this is a footpath” sign) to Waggledance, Summer Lightening, Wolverns Lane, the Rookery, Westcott, along to White Down and back the reverse of the start of the ride. Phew!
4 hours of non-stop riding, a few walkers and horse riders, but not a single other rider. Today the best MTB playground in the SE of England was all mine.
Not a ride I’ll forget in a hurry.