Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Ride report: Sunday 20 December – murky and muddy

Posted by Matt | December 20, 2015 | 4 comments so far

Dave solo on Abinger Roughs

Dave solo on Abinger Roughs

Last night the adventurous organised themselves to head over to Elstead in a search for drier, sandier trails. I can’t blame them, although with a house full of family, and a bottomless glass of wine in front of me it all happened too late for me to join them. So it was that just myself and DaveC headed out onto the Surrey Hills this morning.

We kept things simple. It was mild but also murky when we set out reasonably promptly at 8:30-ish with a plan to cover a few XC oriented miles. Originally, Newlands Corner was mooted on account of my back problems last week but after a lot of bending and stretching during the week it felt good enough for me to contemplate the singlespeed once again. So it was we decided to aim for Peaslake instead.

Our route was very traditional, up to Ranmore via Yew Trees, along Collarbone and then through the Abba Zabba complex with a couple of hairy moments – the big Blind Terror roll-in had me facing down a rapidly approaching tree for far longer than I’d like and then Dave’s back-end stepped out dramatically just past the log jump at the bottom of the complex, to the point where I thought he was about to tail slide into the huge bomb hole on the left. So did he I think.

Through the Roughs, then up toward Winterfold via Ponds Lane and the bit where the River Runs Through. Fortunately today it was just a damp surface but is was a steady uphill drag on the singlespeed. We weren’t aiming to set any pace records and eventually picked up Wet As An Otters Pocket (remarkably well-named!) and finally SuperNova back to Peaslake. At the start of SuperNova I managed to heavily bottom out my fork which simply blew through all it’s travel in one go, with an impact up through the bars that had me expecting to have pinch flatted my excellent Butcher tyre. It made me mince a bit until I was sure the remaining air was staying put!

Peaslake Village Stores

Peaslake Village Stores

Peaslake was an opportunity for my new de-facto choice, a pain au raisin, which was delicious. Having had to wait 15+ miles for coffee and cake, I had a cheese straw for purposes of comparison and feel the pain au raisin took an easy points victory.

Heading back, it was a straightforward run down Rad Lane, muddy at the top and then clearing enough to be enjoyable. We headed back the way we came, then took in High Med and Yew Trees home. My back was tired but not sore, so that was pleasing. The singlespeed behaved itself with no further crank unthreading, but sad to report the rear wheel bearings are shot and have outlived their usefulness. In total, 27 steady miles but we at least saw the sun on what is one of the shortest days for daylight of the year.

I’d like to get over to some of the Hindhead areas for riding but find it rather awkward when there’s a late call. Can we please flag up with a few days notice next time so I can make arrangements?! If anyone wants to write up the days’ exploits – even in summary – that would be great; just email me and I’ll stick it on the site.

Filed under Rides in December 2015


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. MuddyDave says:

    I enjoyed the old skool ride and the BigAl approved “pork’n’leek” slice went down a treat. Conditions were mild enough to make me thoroughly “moist”!

    I had no idea you took that photo of me either!

  2. Lloyd says:

    I was on my way to Spain. Believe it or not on Friday i did a short ride out at Holmbury and had my first Peaslake pork and leek slice – i cannot believe i have wasted so many pork and leek slice opportunities over the years!

    PS – i have just seen Jem’s Spanish twin in a tapas bar.

    Enjoy the christmas ride and merry christmas to the Mole collective


  3. Tony says:

    Sounds like a enjoyable old skool moles ride. Good trails and a great food stop.

    After a day on a Welsh mountain side I have had to readdress my benchmark for a “wet ride”. I was like cycling through a car wash!!

  4. Marco says:

    Hi Matt,

    By any chance could you provide me the gps track?

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