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This guidebook covers 21 routes across the North Downs, an area boasting some of south east England's finest trails. Included is a 59km MTB route on the Downs Link which joins the North Downs to the South Downs at Shoreham-by-Sea. Rides are graded for difficulty, and illustrated with OS map extracts and height profiles.
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The North Downs offer superb mountain biking all year round. Some of the finest off-road trails to be found anywhere in the country are available in abundance amid the green, rolling chalk and sandstone hills and along the steep, wooded escarpments that comprise some of England's loveliest countryside.
Straddling two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Surrey Hills and the Kent Downs – the North Downs are criss-crossed by hundreds of kilometres of well-maintained byways and bridleways, which can be easily mixed and matched to create almost endless route combinations. The area's excellent trails cover sinuous woodland singletrack, punishing steep climbs, seemingly endless rattling descents and hugely enjoyable rollercoaster rides along the Downs' spine.
The 20 circular routes in this guidebook are day, half-day and shorter mtb rides along the length and breadth of the Downs. It also features a 59km route on the long-distance Downs Link, which joins the North Downs to the South Downs and leads on to the coast at Shoreham-by-Sea. From Farnham in the west to Dover in the east, the North Downs terrain is a mixture of chalk and sandstone downland, which is generally well-drained and provides superlative conditions for much of the year.
Divided into seven chapters – routes around Guildford, Dorking, Reigate and Redhill, Maidstone and the Medway Valley, Ashford, Canterbury and Elham and Temple Ewell – the circular routes range from 18.5km to 47.5km, and each provides data including distance, difficulty, time and off-road percentage. The sheer number and variety of the North Downs' excellent trails make it a playground for mountain bikers, who will never be short of options here.
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|About the routes in this guide|
|Getting there and getting around|
|When to go|
|Tools and maintenance|
|Rights of way and other users|
|Using this guide|
|Routes around Guildford|
|Route 1 Puttenham Common loop|
|Route 2 St Martha’s Hill–Abinger loop|
|Routes around Dorking|
|Route 3 Hackhurst Downs–Polesden Lacey loop|
|Route 4 Gomshall–Westhumble loop|
|Route 5 Leith Hill and Holmbury Hill loop|
|Route 6 Surrey Hills Grand Traverse|
|Routes around Reigate and Redhill|
|Route 7 Oxted and Bletchingley loop|
|Route 8 Box Hill–Banstead Heath loop|
|Route 9 Warlingham–Biggin Hill loop|
|Routes around Maidstone and the Medway Valley|
|Route 10 Oldbury Hill and Mereworth Woods|
|Route 11 Meopham–Wrotham loop|
|Route 12 Bearsted, Detling Hill and Blue Bell Hill|
|Routes around Ashford|
|Route 13 Bilsington and Faggs Wood loop|
|Route 14 Wye Downs loop|
|Routes around Canterbury|
|Route 15 Chartham Downs loop|
|Route 16 Chilham and King’s Wood loop|
|Route 17 Rough Common–Blean Wood loop|
|Routes around Elham and Temple Ewell|
|Route 18 Elham Valley loop|
|Route 19 Alkham–Barham Downs loop|
|Route 20 Temple Ewell loop|
|The Downs Link|
|Appendix A: Camping and accommodation|
|Appendix B: Bike shops/bike hire/bike mechanics|
|Appendix C: Useful contacts|