Cycling in Surrey

Cycling in Reigate, Surrey

Cycling in Surrey

Looking for information about cycling in Surrey? Cycling UK's guide to cycling in Surrey gives you routes, events, clubs and advice to inspire you to cycle in the county.

London’s leafy suburbs: the archetypal Home County of Surrey is Britain’s most affluent (highest GDP per head) and most wooded (nearly a quarter by area, twice the average, with lots of green belt). Its immaculate villages such as Abinger Hammer or Shamley Green, with their half-timbered brick cottages, flower-basket real-ale pubs and village green cricket grounds, make cycle touring a delight.

The North Downs separate its flat northern half, bordering London, from hillier southern half. At weekends Surrey’s country lanes blur with the colours of cycling club tops, and during the week there’s quite a commuter tide of well-heeled and well-cleated bikes, too.

The iconic Box Hill, just north of Dorking, is the county’s great climb – it featured in the 2012 London Olympics. It may ‘only’ average 5% and reach a mere 129m (420 feet), but its lovely setting and fine views make it a club and leisure staple.

The best cycling stretch of the Thames path (part of NCN4) is the Surrey leg, running 14 miles or so between Hampton Court and Egham; being almost all off-road, it’s ideal for families. Among the many parklands and nature reserves set up for family rides are Ashtead Common, Blackheath Common, Epsom Common, Guildford Riverside Park and many more.

NCN4 runs through the lovely quiet lanes of Windsor Great Park, bordering Berkshire. Just south of Guildford, NCN223 is a pleasant railpath, and in the town centre, the Wey towpath is very good.

Just over the border in West Sussex, Gatwick Airport is a more convenient option than Heathrow for those flying with their bikes: there are plenty of trains, and a marked cycle route from London (NCN20 and 21, some bumpy off-road sections though). For tourers, the 110-mile Surrey Cycleway loop gives you the best of the county. 

Cycling groups and clubs in Surrey

East Surrey CTC (Croydon)

Small sociable group in Croydon with regular Sunday rides

West Surrey CTC

Social group with longer distance rides during the week and at weekends

Bordon & Whitehill Community Cycling Club (Farnham)

Top Banana Sports (Godalming)

Farnham U3A Cycle Club (Farnham)

The Source Community Cycle Club (Aldershot)

Ash Velo Community Cycle Club (Ash)

TAG Farnborough Airport Ltd (Farnborough)

Farnborough Fastners Community Cycle Club (Farnborough)

Pedal Smart Bike Club (Aldershot)

North Camp Spokes & Spanners (Aldershot)

Farnborough & Camberley Cycling Club (Franborough)

Enigma Cycling (Surrey)

Pedalling Pandas (Surrey)

Winston Churchill School Bike Club (Woking)

Woking Cycling Club (Woking)

Saddlesore.Bike (Woking)

Woking Cycle Users Group (Woking)

North West Surrey Short Stay School Bike Club (Woking)

Phoenix Triathlon Club (Guildford)

G-Bug – Guildford Cycling Campaign (Guildford)

South Western Road Club (Cobham)

Road rides of all kinds across SW London, Surrey and Sussex

Horsley U3A Cycling Group (Horsley)

Bike50 (Leatherhead)

Range of rides from easy to challenging for the over-50s

Good Shepherd Cycling Club (Surrey)

Ride2Raise (Surrey)

Dorking Cycling Club (Dorking)

Road races, time trials, hill climbs, sportives, and campaigning for better cycling

Reigate & Banstead Cycle Forum (Reigate)

Bikefit Surrey (Surrey)

Fun, social and relaxed led rides of 1 to 2 hours in SE Surrey – busy mums or dads welcome

Anerley Bicycle Club (Anerley)

Three regular weekly rides around Surrey

Oxted Cycling Club (Oxted)

Redhill Cycling Club (Redhill)

Off-road, touring, club runs, track racing, time trials, road racing and ultra distance

Banstead Belles (Banstead)

Cogs (Cycle Trails Old Girls) (Surrey)

HotXBuns (Surrey)

Dittons Velo (Esher)

Welcoming club with rides for all adult cyclists around Elmbridge and beyond

Base Road Club (Surrey)

What to take with you on your ride 

The only thing you really need for cycling is a bike. And maybe a phone, and credit card: in Britain you’re only a call away from any service you might need.

But unless money is no object, it’s wise to take a few things with you on a day ride. A saddlebag or rear rack and panniers are best for carrying stuff. A front basket is second best. A rucksack is third best. Your sweaty back will soon tell you why.

Cycling short distances in jeans and t-shirt is fine, but on a long or strenuous ride – over ten miles say, or in hills – those jeans will rub and the t-shirt will get damp and clingy. Shorts or, yes, lycra leggings and padded shorts will be much comfier, and merino or polyester cycling tops wick away the sweat, keeping you dry and comfy. (They don’t have to be lurid colours.)

If rain’s in the air, pack a rainproof top. If it might turn chilly, take a fleece or warm top. But the thing you’re most likely to forget is the sunblock. 

It’s remarkable how often you enjoy being out on the bike so much that you suddenly realise it’s getting dark. So take lights (which are legally required at night). They’re price of a sandwich, take no space, are easy to put on thanks to tool-free plastic clips, and the batteries last for ever.

Take a puncture repair kit (with tyre levers) and pump. Make sure it fits your valves, which will be either ‘Presta’ or ‘Schraeder’ – realising they don’t match is a very common roadside discovery! Carrying a spare inner tube (make sure it matches your tyre size) makes puncture repair much easier: mend the old one back at home. If you do get in trouble, some kindly passing cyclist will probably stop to help.

Using a helmet is a personal choice – they’re not legally required.

Cycling makes you thirsty, so take lots of water. Long-distance riders talk about ‘the bonk’ – a sudden loss of energy rendering you almost stationary. It’s miraculously and instantly cured by eating something sweet. On short rides you’re unlikely to run out of energy, but just in case, take a snack like flapjack, banana, chocolate or jelly babies. 

Taking a packed lunch or picnic will save you money, though that hot drink and cake in a cosy cafe could yet prove very tempting!

Your phone GPS could be invaluable for showing where you are when lost; you can download free detailed UK maps and GPS software before your trip. 

Paper maps are still useful, though, so take one: no power source or wifi signal required, and they’re great for suggesting possibilities or changes of plan.

Cycling routes in Surrey

Getting round Guildford and Woking, the North Downs, canal and Thames paths, leisure loops

Cycle A-way’s list of routes and resources

Journey Planner

Surrey Cycle Guides

Downs Link Cycle Route

Frensham Common Walks and Cycle Routes

Cycling events in Surrey

Check out our events calendar to find a ride that suits you

Make sure your bike is working
(from our partners, Halfords)

Creaking cranks, wobbly wheels or slipping saddles are the last thing you want, but Halfords' guide to basic bike maintenance will keep you rolling smoothly. Whether you’re a regular commuter, a leisurely weekend rider, or prefer to tear it up on a serious MTB trail, signs of wear and tear might keep you off the saddle from time to time. Whilst we can’t promise to banish those roadside mishaps, we can help keep your bike tip top with our top tips!

You’re heading out on your lovely bike, with a pannier packed with your essentials. A glorious route lies ahead, but then you run into a spot of bother! Most of the time there are handy hacks you can do to tide you over whilst out and about, and we’ve taken a look into the most common bike problems and solutions…

Clicking saddle? Check that the bolts connecting the saddle to the seat post are not loose. Tighten until the saddle is firmly secured using an allen key from your trusty toolbox!

Squealing brakes? This could be down to dirt or oil on the brake pads. Give it a quick wipe down, then when you get home take the brake pads off and readjust.

Squeaky derailleur? A little lube should help. Remove any excess.

Creaky pedals? Dry pedal bearings, loose crank arms or a worn bottom bracket could be the culprit. Once home, remove and lube the pedal bearings, tighten and lube the crank arms, or replace the bottom bracket if it’s still making a fuss.

Problem areas

Some of the problems you find with your bike might need a closer look, and here’s where we can help!

Wobbling disc rotors, spongy brakes and rattling bolts needn’t be as pesky as they sound for long enough to keep you off your bike! Call and see us with your two wheels at your local Halfords, or with any other bike bothers you might have.

From as little as £15 a year, Halfords will take the labour out of looking after your bike. Halfords offer a range of care packages, they provide free fitting on all parts and accessories bought from Halfords, and even include an annual service worth £50 as part of the plan!

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