London may have lots of green space throughout the city, but for the mountain biker it might not quite fit the bill. Fear not however, as London has more off-road-action available nearby than at first glace! Let’s take a look at some excellent riding locations and facilities not far from London for all types of off-roaders.
A good place to start is to consider joining one of the huge array of clubs in every corner of the capital. One place worth looking into is the London Mountain Bike Club which can be joined via the Meetup App. This group caters for all levels and abilities and are very welcoming to new starters and arrange friendly rides easily reachable from London by train or car. But, whether you’ve joined a club or not, where might you head to?
There are several hot spots for MTB riders to flock to; the Mecca being the Surrey Hills. This is the area chosen as the home and training ground for many UK pro riders and there is a huge array of routes available for different disciplines. Trains from Waterloo will take you out to Dorking where you’ll find the start of many trails toward Box Hill, Leith Hill and Holmbury Hill. You can find some excellent routes here https://www.surreyhills.org/route/cycling/
For those seeking a dedicated trail center, Swinley Forest is a great option with trails of all difficulties. It’s very family friendly too with a go ape, walking trails and forest to explore nearby. It’s accessible from Waterloo (50 mins by direct train) to Martin’s Heron Station. Over in Kent there’s a similar set up at Bedgbury Forest. Check out Red Bull’s list here https://www.redbull.com/gb-en/best-mtb-spots-near-london
For the Downhill riders, Aston Hill and Bulltrack are popular destinations for some proper technical trails. This is where you’ll getting that air-time you’re after! Aston Hill has no uplift so be prepared to push!
There is a lively racing scene in London and plenty of willing participants for adventures further afield or longer distance rides into nearby national parks. We’ll see you out there on the trails!
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