Cycle Surrey Hills Launches

Jul 7, 2018

Last month saw the launch of "Cycle Surrey Hills" by the Surrey Hills AONB.

Cycle Surrey Hills is a network of over 80km of byways, bridleways and quiet roads in South West Surrey, split up into five interlinking routes targeting "leisure" cyclists.

Note! As of 29 July 2018, the way marking of these trails is not fully in place and the way markers that are in place are badly placed! There's also no gpx tracks available to follow, so take the map with you. Also note that the way markers are not colour coded so, where different loops intersect, the signage can get confusing!

Puttenham Loop

Distance: 17km
Time: Allow 2 hours
Ascent: 313m

This ride around Puttenham Common offers spectacularviews and an abundance of heathland and wildlife. Many birds visit the reserve, including great crested grebe, green woodpecker and grey heron.

Start Points: Puttenham Common Top Car Park, Suffield Lane,Puttenham, Guildford GU3 1BE, Puttenham Village GU3 1AR or Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton, Guildford GU3 1DQ.

Elstead Loop

Distance: 20.8km
Time: Allow 2.5 hours
Ascent: 286m

This ride takes you across Hankley & Elstead Commons offering some of the finest remaining heathland in Southern England and a nationally important habitat for bird, reptile and invertebrate populations.

Start Points: Elstead Village, Godalming GU8 6DG. (limited parking)

Thursley Loop

Distance: 15km
Time: Allow 1.5 hours
Ascent: 135m

This ride around Thursley Common and Elstead takes you through the Thursley National Nature Reserve, one of the largest remaining fragments of heathland in Surreysituated less than fifty miles from the centre of London.

Start Points: The Three Horseshoes Pub, Dyehouse Road, Thursley, Godalming GU8 6QD or The Moat car park, Elstead, Godalming GU8 6LW.

Frensham Loop

Distance: 17km
Time: Allow 2 hours
Ascent: 168m

This ride takes you past Frensham Great & Little Ponds traversing some of the wildest and most spectacular scenery in the Surrey Hills. The landscape is beautiful and vast here with far reaching views across Frensham Common and the Ponds nestled amongst the heathland.

Start Points: Frensham Great Pond, Bacon Lane, Churt, GU10 2QB or Frensham Little Pond, Priory Lane, Frensham, Surrey, GU10 3BT.

Devil's Punchbowl Loop

Distance: 16km
Time: Allow 2 hours
Ascent: 308m

This ride around the iconic Devil’s Punch Bowl has the most spectacular views across open heathland. You might even come across grazing cattle and wild ponies! Legend has it that the Devil scooped up a handful of earth and hurled it at Thor, God of Thunder, the depression that remained is the Devil’s Punch Bowl.

Start Points: Devil’s Punch Bowl, London Road, Hindhead, GU26 6AB or The Three Horseshoes Pub, Dyehouse Road, Thursley, Godalming GU8 6QD.

Find out more and download the map here: Cycle Surrey Hills