Surrey Hills Singletrack Adventure

From £58.00 inc. VAT

(25 customer reviews)

Ride info

Location: Surrey Hills
Duration: 3-4 hours
Style: Trail
Level: 5

MTB Ride level 5

Bike type

Mountain bike
Electric mountain bike


19 mi | 31 km


2,400 ft | 730 m

Surrey Hills Singletrack Adventure

From £58.00 inc. VAT

(25 customer reviews)

Our famous, original Surrey Hills ride – taking in all the classic trails and more. The perfect introduction to mountain biking in this National Landscape, all within an hour of London and the south coast.

If you need to hire a bike, check availability first using the bike hire selector below.


The benchmark for guided rides on the Surrey Hills is our famous and classic ‘Singletrack Adventure’. Now running for its seventh year in a row, this ride proves to be as popular as ever, with many riders coming back over and over again. What really sets this apart from other guided rides on the Surrey Hills is the sociable fun of a Marmalade MTB ride. Join us as we introduce you to the best trails of the Surrey Hills – injecting loads of fast flowing singletrack into your woodland experience.

What to expect

You’ll need to have a reasonable level of fitness to be able to enjoy this day out. This ride is suited for regular mountain bikers and advanced beginners looking to discover the blue-graded trails that criss-cross this famous mountain biking area. The riding is a mixture of cross-country on doubletrack bridleways and lots of super fun twisty singletrack. The terrain and trails we will use are not very technical, but they will provide an exciting mixture for all levels.

The Surrey Hills experience would not be complete without a mid-ride stop at the awesome Peaslake Village Stores for a famous cheese straw or a slice of cake – and the option of a post-ride drink or lunch at the Royal Oak.

If you are still not sure whether this ride is for you, then please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

The area and the trails

The lush woodland that smothers these green sandstone hills is festooned with ancient bridleways and trails. This ride will perfectly link together the best intermediate flowy trails of Holmbury Hill and Pitch Hill. We will introduce you to classic trails such as Telegraph Row, Barry Knows Best, John the Baptist, Supernova and Yoghurt Pots – and many many more.

Riding with Marmalade

We pride ourselves on creating the perfect vibe that makes everyone feel comfortable and confident. Combine this fun and relaxed atmosphere with Marmalade’s expert knowledge and professionalism, and we will guarantee you the best day out discovering the trails of the Surrey Hills.

Friends of the Hurtwood

This private area of Surrey is a special place, protected by the guardianship of a registered charity. Away from the public rights of way there is a vast network of unmarked mountain bike trails on private land. Through responsible and professional mountain bike leadership and coaching we are proud to be a supporting partner of Friends of the Hurtwood, with full permission to operate here.

Friends of the Hurtwood

Bike choice

E-bikes or manual mountain bikes are all welcome, whether you bring your own or hire from our friends at The Riders Hub.

This route is a traditional mountain bike ride. There will be fun bumpy descents, rooty forest trails and wide-open double tracks. So a hardtail or short travel full suspension mountain bike would be perfect. Big travel bikes are welcome – just be prepared for some extra effort.

This ride can be enjoyed on a conventional or electric mountain bike. If this ride is right for your level of experience and fitness, then bring your choice of machine. Marmalade rides have a friendly welcoming atmosphere, and e-bike riders who find themselves first up the hill are always patient and understanding of those relying on human-power alone.

Ensure your bike of choice is maintained and ready to ride, and please pack a spare mech hanger with your usual trail pack spares.

Ride details
  • Duration: 3-5 hours
  • Distance: 19 mi | 31 km
  • Ascent: 2,400 ft | 730 m
  • Level: +Advanced Beginner
    (If you have any questions about your level, just contact us)
  • Meet time: 8.30am │ 9.00 am on bikes
  • Meet point: Royal Oak, Holmbury St Mary
What do I need?

Equipment, kit and clothing


  • Suitable mountain bike in good working order (bikes can be hired in advance)
  • Helmet (in good condition, with no damage)
  • Clothing and shoes appropriate for cycling and weather conditions on the day
  • Personal choice of drink and ride snacks


  • Gloves
  • Glasses, sunglasses or eyeshields
  • Backpack
  • Spare inner tube
  • Puncture repair kit and bicycle pump
  • Padded cycling shorts for comfort

What’s not included

  • Bike hire – this can be booked via the ‘Bike Hire‘ section
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Pre, during or post activity refreshments
  • Personal travel or accident Insurance
Is this for me?
  • This ride is aimed at the regular beginner mountain biker looking for a sociable and fun group ride
  • To take part, you’ll need to be an active person who has the personal fitness to ride for at least 3 hours at a social and comfortable pace
  • You will be confident in mountain bike handling skills on blue graded trails and profficient with operating your bicycle in the correct manner
  • The trails include features such as roots and loose rocks, along with small rollable steps – all of which can be easily ridden or avoided
  • This ride may contain undulating trails – and in places, climbs that may be challenging
  • This ride requires a suitable mountain bike (Hybrid and budget bicycles are not suitable)
    • See the ‘Bike Hire‘ section below if you need to hire a bike
  • Riders should be aged 18 and over
  • If this ride sounds a little beyond your current skill and fitness level, please contact us and we’ll help you look at other options
  1. Stephen Sanders

    Great day on saturday, 18th May, I really enjoyed the ride. Ben was a great guide and knew lots of amazing trails. I am definatley going to book again!

  2. Andrew Reed

    Fantastic ride, great day out. Suitable for all levels of ability. I couldn’t recommend more highly.

  3. Ovi

    Excellent ride with a great group of cycling enthusiasts last Sat in Surrey Hills. Ben was the group leader and adapted the ride on-the-go brilliantly to cater for the groups abilities and also make sure we experience some hidden gems in terms of less well known tracks. Highly recommend!

  4. Steve West

    A cracking day biking in the Surrey Hills. It’s my local haunt but I discovered some new runs and links, and how to pull them together into a long ride. A really sociable group, and Sean was a very confidence-inspiring, knowledgeable and relaxed leader. Well recommended!

  5. Lahrie

    I had my first guided tour with Sean yesterday (16Oct22) and it was a fantastic day out. I am looking forward to joining again soon.

  6. Dave Collin

    Hi all,

    Just wanted to drop you msg to say that yet again Marmalade have delivered.
    Had a fantastic day out with Ben and can’t wait till my next ride out with you guys.

  7. Neil Parker

    I hadn’t ridden this area before, so thought I’d give a guided Tour a go with Marmalade. Ben was a sociable, affable host with fantastic local knowledge, taking us down the classic runs like “Yoghurt Pots” and “Barry Knows Best” as well as some of the more hidden gems.

    My rear mudguard decided it liked the area so much it decided to go feral and seek divorce from the rest of the bike. Ben was on hand to help out and generously carried the errant mudguard for a large part of the ride. Cheers Ben!

    The trails are challenging with roots, jumps, drops and pretty fast flowing tracks – certainly kept me on my toes! I’ve booked another couple of trips with Marmalade off the back of this experience.. highly recommended!

  8. Mark Baker

    7th May 2022. Excellent days ride with Ben and a great bunch of MTBers. 18 miles of very dry trails in the Surrey Hills on a beautiful day, with a break for a cuppa & cheese straw in Peaslake. A big thank you to our fantastic guide Ben for showing us the trails, some I’d done before but more I hadn’t. Looking forward to riding riding again in the Surrey Hills and with Marmalade MTB
    Thank you again for a brilliant day

  9. nigelpigden

    A great day’s ride with rain & muddy conditions expected Sean took us over the best trails. I brought a friend along who enjoyed the day so much he’s booked to go on the Peak District ride with me too !

  10. Jeff Grimes

    Another great day out on somewhat damp and muddy Surrey Hills. Introduced to some new trails which was brilliant. Smashing company all round.

  11. Gary Paish

    First class was well looked after by Sean and Clive. Went above and beyond to make a great experience. Gave me some great tips. Thank you will be seeing me again

  12. steve

    Not my first ride with you but has to be the best yet!
    The Surrey Hills Singletrack Adventure has left me with the biggest smile.
    All the well known tracks in one ride plus great company, all topped off with a pint at the Royal Oak and a Sunday roast, what a day!
    Thanks Sean.
    PS… see you at the Christmas ride ♥️

  13. Mr DK

    Great day out in the Surrey Hills. Sean made it an enjoyable and inclusive atmosphere, with a friendly group all round. Helpful chat before booking too. Superb fun and I also appreciated the tips on technique. Thanks Sean!

  14. Trevor Brown

    Great to finally get to explore Surrey Hills. Paul”s enthusiasm is infectious and his bike mech skills an added bonus, Thanks to the the group for their patience in waiting for me on the ascents, I promise to be fitter next time!

  15. Louise Pickles

    Amazing day out with Paul in Surrey Hills. Loved every minute and drove home super happy and tired after a well deserved drink at the pub. Looking forward to my next Marmalade adventure 🙂

  16. Tony Pocock

    Another excellent ride with the Marmalade crew and great to see some new areas of the Surrey Hills and revisit some from many year back. The Sun finally made an appearance for the customary post ride refreshment at the Royal Oak. Sean and the team cater for all levels of abilities and fitness, so if you want to recharge your MTB, book a Marmalade day and peel off into the amazing Surrey Hills singletrack and shred some trails

  17. d3overland

    With so many people raving on about “Surrey Hills” I decided that it was time to go and see what all the fuss was about. Having been told that they rated from the sedate to the seriously gnarly it was one of those decisions to “go and get lost” or have someone guide you. Strava threw up literally hundreds of segments! Lost it was going to be. Having been on the East Sussex Explorer with Sean it seemed the logical choice to head for the hills for some Marmalade action.

    The weather was…well…rubbish! I will ride whatever the weather but heading out on the first mile I began to think that a desk top hobby might be in order…especially as this is supposed to be Summer! Sean did us proud though and introduced us to some of the good and perhaps less ridden (I guess the “cool kids” find these a bit boring) single track that the Hills have to offer. It was wet, there was not getting away from it but with a bit of encouragement (I am not one for the fast downhill approach) I soon began to enjoy myself.

    With a stop at the infamous Peaslake Village stores for refreshments (at this point the sun came out ??) and some quick repairs to a puncture (cheers Sean) we set off again to ride the last trail home and finally, if with a squint, got to see some sort of view from the top of a hill – I’m still not sure that was The Shard, my vision by then was a little hazy! Awesome post ride pint and grub at The Royal Oak and then off home.

    Great day and I will certainly be looking to re-book in the hope that next time it might be slightly less moist. Thanks, go to Sean and my fellow riders on the day for such a good time.

  18. Jeff Grimes

    Another brilliant day out on a very wet and muddy day. Expertly guided by Sean we rode some great trails on Leith Hill, Holmbury Hill and Pitch Hill. We rode at our own pace with no pressure to push on or keep up. Can’t recommend it enough.

  19. dougclemmans

    Another great day out in the Surrey Hills with Ben as our guide. Rode with a very friendly bunch with lots of laughs and couple of spills. Ben allowed us to go at a steady pace so didn’t feel like my lungs or legs were going to explode. Finishing the ride on Telegraph is always a great way to finish. Will definitely book again.

  20. Michael Mettam

    Wow! What a brilliant day! Excellent service from Sean (pre the event) after booking the incorrect event to suit my partner… he was quick to resolve and even though had no available dates for the Surrey Hills Single Track Adventure he was able to quickly sort us 1:2 session. Both me and my partner had an absolute blast with Paul (Our guide) and after many miles of up and down hills with smiles all round being shown some great routes we finished the day with a pint at the local! Great experience, great service… definitely book again! Now looking forward to booking South Downs in the new year with Marmalade MTB!!!

  21. Sue Ferguson

    Another brilliant day single track riding in the Surrey Hills with Sean, and he booked the right weather!
    Thank you

  22. Damian Brewis

    Great day out with Paul. That last long drag up Holmbury was hard but worth it! Fantastic trails.

  23. Ian Mahon

    Another brilliant day on Surrey Hills being guided by Paul on some truly awesome trails. I would highly recommend this day to everyone.

  24. Mark Bennett

    Just had a fantastic day out with Paul of Marmalade MTB being guided on the best trails the Surrey Hills has to offer. A relaxed and social 18 miles filled with fun, flowing single track over the three hills of Leith, Holmbury and Pitch. I can’t recommend Marmalade MTB highly enough. I will be back for more on the Trailblazer ride!

  25. andypittson

    I cannot rate this trip enough! The Marmalade crew will expertly guide you around some of the best forest trails in the UK! There knowledge of this incredible MTB paradise is unrivaled! They also cater for mixed levels. If you love endless flowing single track definitely book this trip!

    • Sean

      It’s absolute pleasure having you on our rides Andy, bringing your wealth of experience and stories to make our group rides across the South East so much fun and engaging for the variety of riders we have join us each week. Soon you soon dude!

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Private experience (extra information)

Booking the Singletrack Adventure as a private ride

The Singletrack Adventure can be enjoyed privately, with a base price of £240 for one to four people. Add more riders for a group of five to eight using the ‘Extras’ drop down menu.

If you want a completely bespoke guided ride, then choose the ‘Custom Half or Full Day’ option from the ‘Experiences’ drop down menu.
Still not sure what experience is for you or have a question? Then please send Sean an email or call him on +44 (0)7840 724611.

Need to hire a bike? Then after you have booked your private ride, scroll down or click here to reserve your bike(s).

Meet point: Once you have booked, we can decide on the best location to start your ride. This will depend on whether you’re staying locally and whether or not you require bike hire. If required we can bring the bikes to you.
If you want to discuss this before you book then please send Sean an email or call him on +44 (0)7840 724611.

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Bike hire (extra information)

How to book your bike:

  1. From the system below select the dates to match the ride you have booked with us
  2. Select the full day option
  3. Select normal mountain bike or electric mountain bike
  4. Choose the size of bike, based on your height
  5. Go to checkout and complete the bike hire reservation for each rider

These fantastic bikes, and this booking system, are provided by our friends at The Riders Hub. If you have any questions or problems around booking your bike, just contact the Riders Hub team and they’ll help.

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