Surrey Hills Road Cycle, with extension to Crawley (90 km)
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Enjoy Surrey Hills on a summer's day.
We will head out of Dorking to the south, heading into rolling, wooded lanes, and uphill towards Leith Hill. Passing over Leith Hill with glorious views to the south, we will head through Coldharbour, Peaslake, and Winterfold. We will head back eastwards to Westhumble and wind up Box Hill and along the escarpment, before turning southwards to enter the second, more gentle half of the ride. We'll head south through Charlwood and skirt Crawley, before turning west and then north, heading back to Dorking.
There will be some challenging hills in the first half of this ride, but you will have ticked off some of the UK's most renowned climbs, and appreciated fine scenery along the way.
Worried about the distance?
The route returns to Dorking station at the half way point (before Box Hill) so anyone struggling with the climbs or distance has to option to leave the ride at this point. We'll wait for everyone at the top of each climb though and there's no pressure to go fast on this ride.
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What to bring
Bike: a road bike
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Sun cream: take care, even on overcast days
Bike lights: be seen and safe
Storage: small day-sack or a bag on your bike
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
Food & drink
This will be a long ride, so please bring plenty of water, snacks and energy bars or gels. We will stop for lunch at a suitable midway point, but there is no guarantee of finding a shop or cafe to buy it from, so please bring a packed lunch.