• Distance 121 km
  • Elevation gain 1290m
  • Difficulty
  • Epic rating

This route navigates the rural lanes of Surrey and West Sussex, taking you far from the hoards of weekend cyclists. Mile upon mile of hedgerows, narrow lanes and woodland provide a rewarding and accessible loop.

There’s a sting in the tail with the classic Surrey climbs of Combe Lane and Crocknorth Road, but you can avoid these if you’re cooked by that stage!

All metrics in this article are approximate.


Our favourite part of this ride is the steep, narrow climb of Black Down, south of Haslemere. This short, sharp rise in the still solitude of the forest is the perfect antidote to the busier areas of the Surrey Hills.

Classic British countryside
Lanes near Lurgashall
At the top of Black Down

Route notes

1. Dorking to Ellen’s Green – escaping the madness: 0-42 km

From Dorking, the route heads south with Box Hill behind you, on the tiny farm track of Tilehurst Lane. The route traces the rolling countryside and villages of Leigh, Charnwood and Rusper. After crossing the A24, the route turns off the B2126 and follows a stream along the magical tiny forest road of Weare Street.


2. Ellen’s Green to Bramley – Sussex wilderness: 42-98 km

After a very short stretch on the B2128, the route cuts westward on quiet roads through Loxwood, Ifold, Balls Cross and Ebernoe. There’s no major defining feature to this stretch, other than the therapeutic solitude of rural lanes.

Soon you’re at the furthest point from the start of the ride, in the picture postcard village of Lurgeshall. The Noah’s Ark Inn is worth returning to for a meal, when not in lycra!

After Dial Green, the short, sharp climb to Black Down provides some welcome variety, before heading north through Wormley, Hambledon, Hydestile and Busbridge, before dropping down to Bramley.


3. Bramley to Dorking – the climbing finale: 98 – 121 km

The A281 at Bramley marks your return towards the Surrey Hills area. After Wonersh, a climb takes you to the tucked-away sleepy village of Blackheath.

After Chilworth and Albury, you could follow the busy A25 back down to Dorking. But why not take the quieter, more charming and leg-busting rollercoaster of Combe Lane, down Green Dene and finishing you off up Crocknorth Road.

Combe Lane gets steeper as you climb, with only momentary respite before hitting the steepest section on the off-camber hairpin. You’ll struggle to get this done out of the saddle, especially if it’s wet – you’ll need all your weight over the rear wheel! The last gasp climb up Crocknorth rises steeply under a high bridge, with a killer 13% section. Finally, roll down Ranmore Road to finish off your ride.


Café stops

32km: Instead of turning off at Weare Street, carry on along the B2126 for a few hundred metres to Village Greens Farm Shop, a great place for a coffee and snack. When you’re refuelled, head back down the road to Weare Street.

59km: Take a short detour into the village of Kirdford to refuel at Kirdford Village Stores. They have a café, as well as a good selection of food and drink in the shop.

97km: Bramley has a number of shops for provisions, including the Esso garage and Budgens on the main crossroads. For a sit-down snack and coffee, try the Bramley Cafe (not open on Sundays).



Our team lives in the Surrey Hills area, so don’t have firsthand accommodation suggestions. However, being locals, we have visited quite a few of the hotels for reasons ranging from using sports facilities to visiting for afternoon tea.

Check out our ultimate guide to cycling the Surrey Hills for full details.


Read our tips for cycling the Isle of Wight, before you set out. Though it’s a different part of the UK, they are very relevant to cycling in Surrey

Found this guide useful?

We’d love to hear from you – comment below or drop us a line.

Don’t miss our other ride guides on the Surrey Hills and southeast of England: see the related rides section above and articles below.

Check out our ultimate guide to cycling the Surrey Hills.

Please support Epic Road Rides

A huge amount of time and effort goes into the article you’ve just read, all with the aim of helping you!

If you found what you’ve read useful, I’d really appreciate it if you dropped something in the tip jar here.

It’s a way you can say thank you and help us carry on creating top quality content with no annoying ads and no pay wall.

Leave us a tip here!

Looking for an organised cycling trip?

If you want someone to help you plan and book your cycling holiday, fill out this form. We aren’t a tour operator/agent but we work with lots of people who are and will do our best to put you in touch with someone that can help (within 24 hours wherever possible)!

We will use this info to send the enquiry to Clare and/or their team. Our privacy policy explains more and here’s a reminder of our terms and conditions.

Clare Dewey

Clare Dewey is a cyclist with a passion for travel. She set up epicroadrides.com in 2018 to help make it easy for cyclists to explore the world by bike. Today her mission is still inspiring cyclists to discover new places on two wheels – and doing what she can to make sure they have the best possible time while they’re there. Clare has visited 50+ destinations around the world, many of them by bike.

The contents of this website are provided for general information purposes only. It is not intended to amount to advice and you should not rely on it. You should carry out your own due diligence and take professional advice. We make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content on our website is accurate, complete or up to date. If you use any information or content on this website, download from, or otherwise obtain content or services through our website, it is entirely at your own discretion and risk. Epic Road Rides Ltd disclaims all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on the information and content on this website. Find out more here.

Leave your comment

  • (will not be published)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.