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Guildford The Wey and North Downs Cycle Route

England > Surrey > Guildford
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Cycle Route Details
Route NameGuildford The Wey and North Downs
Distance : miles (km)8.23  (13.24)
Posted ByIANS
Calories Burned kcal
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Cycle Route Location
Start LocationSt Marthas Hill, Guildford Lane
End LocationSt Marthas Hill, Guildford Lane
Cycle Steps
Follow Pilgrims Way W past St Marthas church & on to A281. Continue across following signs until Wey navigation reached. Cross bridge & follow towpath S passing under rly bridge to A246. Cross over canal & continue along track until A281 reached. Follow signs for Downs Link on L until Wonersh common reached where turn L along bridleway to Chilworth. Cross main road a go along Blacksmith Lane until bridleway on R. Follow this to junction on L going steeply uphill bypassing St Marthas & rejoining route back to car park
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Chilworth gunpowder mills
St Marthas church
Wey navigation

Your comments?
posted by:Family riderRating : difficult :
Given the rating thought this would make a nice family ride for Bank holiday Monday. However spent half the ride pushing bikes uphill. It was impossible to cycle up St Marthas Hill as the bridleway was too sandy. The sections along the River Wey and disused railway were very pretty.

posted by:Louise McAlisterRating : difficult :
A very very challenging route. I started (with my 12 year old son) from Newlands corner and did the route, it took me 3 hours!!

Some of those hills were impossible to cycle up; especially with the sand. Although it was very hard it was very enjoyable!! Only very experienced riders could do this route in 50 minutes!?

posted by:Mike PattonRating : difficult :
A nice route. It took me 1hr 45 mins (without stops) and I'm no slouch! So allow sufficient time. I decided to do the route the opposite direction to the suggested route. i figured I'd rather do a steep decent at the start and then a more gradual ascent at the end. It worked out quite well, but meant that I had a long gradual climb at the end - but it wasn't too bad. If i'd done it the otherway round, the final climb up St Martha's hill would have been a real thigh burner!

The first section heading away from the car park is very sandy and unless you have very wide chunky tyres you'll need to walk. The descent is quite tricky due to the narrowness of the gully with lots of protruding stones and roots. It is navigable with caution (especially for small children) and good fun!

I did this route in early September and the track at the bottom of St Martha's hill was quite overgrown with nettles - not massively but they do brush against your legs frequently - so take long trousers!

Also take an Ordnance Survey map (1:25000 - no. 145) as there are LOTS of bridleways and paths marked and it's not always clear which one to take.

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