John’s Penny Farthing route

Having driven up Farthing Downs, John Scarth decided it would be nice to cycle there to take in the views and the history.

City of London Marker and Farthing Downs
City of London Marker – Farthing Downs

Neolithic origins – The beginnings of the pastoral landscape we know today as Farthing Downs very likely began when, over 2000 years ago, visitors brought animals with them to graze the meadows within the woodland.  An ancient trackway still exists today which predates the Celtic field boundaries created by farmers on the Downs 2000 years ago.  The trackway was used by the Neolithic visitors.  Neolithic pottery and archaeology has been found on the Downs and in nearby gardens and is evidence of early human occupation of the Downs.

Link to Friends of Farthing Downs & Happy Valley https://www.friendsoffarthingdowns.co.uk/

The route involves a lot of climbing and steep descents. Head out to Banstead via Ewell. Descend Chipstead Valley to Coulsdon. Pass under the A23 and two railway bridges and filter right up Farthing Downs.

The return route is via Merstham, Reigate and Betchworth. The route is 40 miles in total.

Suggested cake stop The Tea House, Reigate http://teahousereigate.com/


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DV Surrey Circumnavigation

A DV mega ride!

Surrey County boundary vs route

The route follows the outline of the Surrey County electoral boundary as near as is possible (and sensible) using roads.

I could have cut off some chunks but then it wouldn’t be true to the concept.

  • Distance 158.5 miles / 252 km
  • Climbing 8600 ft / 2620 m
  • Estimated ride rime 9+ hours plus breaks

This is a challenging endurance ride requiring fitness, concentration and good navigation.

Regular food and fluid stops are essential. Stop every 2-3 hours. Drink plenty.

Be prepared for a puncture. Ensure your bike is in good condition. You will be a long way from home!

Probable stops would be Tatsfield, Edenbridge, Charlwood/Rusper, Haslemere/Hindhead, Aldershot/Ash, and Staines.

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Strava route link- https://www.strava.com/routes/2721119152447376600

Critten-Box. Two hills.

A nice stretch of the legs or maybe a graduation from flat ride. Your choice!

Box Hill cafe

This ride 50km climbs twice. Gradually up from Cobham to Effingham and then steeper up Beech Avenue/Critten Lane to Ranmore Common Road. Descend down to Westhumble. Cross the A24 and attack the Box Hill Zig-Zag.

Coffee and cake at the cafe, and head home. One little kick up on Mill Way then blast down to the Beaverbrook Roundabout.

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Scenic Smallfield, Rusper, Abinger route

Enjoy 60 miles/96km of rolling countryside including a number of hills (3600ft/1060m climbing).

You head out via Ewell to Banstead and Chipstead then to Merstham where you join the classic BHF London to Brighton route via Nutfield on to Smallfield. Through Horley and past Gatwick airport to Rusper. The route then undulates to Forest Green before heading north and back home via Abinger and White Down (ouch!).

rusper stores
Rusper Village Stores

Numerous coffee stop possibilities along the route. Charlwood green, Rusper stores, Forest Green, Pasture Wood coffee van, Abinger Hatch pub.

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Short (fast) Lotus garage loop

There are two ways to approach this short 22 mile/35km route. Flat out, or gentle with a coffee stop or a beer at the Duke of Wellington!

It is essentially the DV Summer loop without the Shere Hill (Shere Hell?!!) climb.

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Send Hill via Ripley route

This is a 30mile/50km nice easy route with no big hills. Out via Cobham and the Cricketers Green to Ripley (potential coffee stop). Up Send Hill (not steep) and back via Ockham.

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Dan’s beyond Chipstead route

Dan’s beyond Chipstead route

Dan loves a hill so this route is his new favorite short hilly route while furloughed.

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Roughly Ewell, Epsom Downs 6%, Hurst Rd 6.6%, Walton-on-the-hill, Gatton Bottom, White Hill Lane 10% (marked), Hooley, Star Lane 10% Chipstead, Banstead, Ewell and home. A 39 mile/62km course.

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Mayes Green

This is a route I rode and then noticed that other DV members were doing the identical ride a few days later!

To me, it is simply Forest Green and beyond, to some quiet lanes. The return leg goes up Leith Hill and down Coldharbour to Dorking. There is a fair amount of climbing to do.

At 44 miles (70km) I personally wouldn’t stop for coffee and cake but you may be drawn to the Butchers Hall Farm Shop at Forest Green.

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Lurgashall via Hambledon

This route takes in the 2020 DV Iron Lane segment heading out. The route is mainly quiet lanes that undulate through the countryside. You will clock up nearly 80 miles (128km) and 5000ft (1500m) of climbing.

Heading south-west from Bramley the route skirts around Chiddingfold and turns south just before Haslemere.

There is a village store and pub on the green in Lurgashall.

lurgashal post office lurgashal pub

The return route is via Kirdford where you can find refreshments also.

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Tanhouse Farm Shop, Newdigate

This ride to coffee and cake is definitely a route of two halves.

Climbing Beech Avenue and Critten Lane to cross the downs and descending White Down (caution!). Then its another long easy climb to Holmbury St Mary and descent to Forest Green. Cross the A29 and A24 to reach Newdigate.

The farm shop is on the Rusper Road south of Newdigate.

The return leg is shorter and flatter via Leatherhead.

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