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Pitch (Hill) Perfect

Posted by Matt | July 2, 2008 | 2 comments so far

Summer’s here!

And with all these long, warm evenings we’ve been making a semi-regular pilgrimage over to Pitch Hill, starting from the Peaslake Stores, heading off for some great evening rides and finishing off at the Hurtwood Inn for a sweet pint.

It seems odd that we haven’t explored more of Pitch Hill. In the past, Peaslake has been the limit of our rides over from Holmbury or Leith and we’ve just refuelled at the Stores and headed back to Holmbury via Death Star.

With an ever expanding range of riders and aquaintances though we’ve started to venture a bit further and it’s been a revelation. One benefit of Pitch Hill over it’s more obvious neighbours is it’s relatively lightly trafficed. At least, it’s generally other riders rather than horses or walkers and there’s plenty of room too in the maze of trails out there.

It’s a bit technical in places with some surprising rooty steps and drops, plus it can be arduous especially if you start to wind the pace up, at which point the sinuous singletrack turns into real rollercoaster stuff. The best bit is the same as what unifies Leith, Holmbury and Pitch Hills – free draining, loamy soil that seems to come with a bit of spring built in.

If you haven’t made it to Pitch, we’d thoroughly recommend it but it’s best with someone who really knows the area. It’s easy to get lost in the mazy trails that all seem to spit you out at the same key spots after disorienting you with their twists and loops. After several visits, frankly I’m still pretty clueless but at least we’ve got some riders who know what they’re doing!

Filed under Rides in July 2008

Matt

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 he's now running a YT Industries Jeffsy 29er and a Bird Zero AM Boost.

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.

There are 2 comments on ‘Pitch (Hill) Perfect’

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  1. James says:

    Always enjoy reading the site… prefer the new style of expanding articles at choice and showing more on 1 page.

    Are any of you riding this evening (Thurs 3.7.08) a friend and I are meeting Pitch Hill carpark 7.20pm(ish) to ride Pitch Hill area and wondered if you wanted to meet up.

    Regards – a regular reader, James.

  2. Colin says:

    I agree – the new look site is much better. I’ve suggested some changes to web-Guru Matt re. the ride calendar so we can make it more fluid.

    Now the pressure’s on to come up with more regular posts.

    James, do keep in touch and hope to see you out there soon.

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