18-20 miles

Ride Type

XC Trail


2,400 ft

Surrey Hills Singletrack Adventure


(11 customer reviews)

Our original and famous Surrey Hills ride that takes in all the classic trails and more. The perfect introduction to MTB life on this area of outstanding natural beauty, all within an hour of London and the south coast.

The benchmark for guided rides on the Surrey Hills is our famous and classic ‘Singletrack Adventure’. Now running for its fourth year in a row, this ride proves to be as popular as ever, with many riders coming back for more and more each month. The reason that sets this apart from other guided rides on the Surrey Hills, is all down to the format and the sociable element of a Marmalade MTB ride. We cover three of the main hills and inject as much flowing, fast singletrack as you can handle. This day out is the perfect introduction to mountain biking on this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

What to expect!

Beware this ride is a challenge! You will need to have a good level of fitness to be able to enjoy every inch of the sublime trails. 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 slice of cake and the traditional post-ride drink at the Royal Oak in Holmbury.

PLEASE NOTE: This ride is not suitable for beginners who are not proficient at technical singletrack. If you are still not sure whether this ride is for you, then please do not hesitate to contact us by clicking here.

The area and the trails

The lush woodland that smothers these green sandstone hills is festooned with ancient bridleways and trails that have become synonymous with the Surrey Hills. This ride will perfectly link together Leith Hill Tower, Holmbury Hill and Pitch Hill with the classics such as Summer Lightning, Barry Knows Best and many many more.

Shredding with Marmalade

We pride ourselves on creating the perfect vibe that makes everyone feel comfortable and confident to maximise your enjoyment. Combine this super fun and relaxed atmosphere with our expert knowledge and professionalism we will gaurantee you the best day out on your bike to discover the trails of the Surrey Hills.

  • Duration: 3-5 hours
  • Distance: 18-20 miles (approx.)
  • Elevation gain: 2,400 ft (approx.)
  • Technical Grade: Advanced beginner to Intermediate
    (any questions, please contact us)
  • Meet time: 8.30 am | 9 am on bikes
    • To be confirmed by email a week before the ride
  • Meet point: The Royal Oak, Holmbury St. Mary
  • You will be at least an intermediate mountain biker
  • You will be confident in mountain bike handling skills on red graded trails and profficient with operating your bicycle in the correct manner
  • The trails will include features such as roots, small to long rollable drop-offs and loose rocks. All of which are rollable
  • Certain trails will be steep in places which will require confident bike-handling skills
  • All the trails will have options to ride around features that you do not feel comfortable riding
  • You have your own suitable mountain bike (Hybrid and budget bicycles are not suitable for this ride)
  • The ride does contain many undulating and moderately steep long climbs
  • You have the personal fitness to ride for at least 3-5 hours at a social and comfortable pace
  • You are aged 18 and over unless accompanied by an adult also participating on this ride
  • If this sounds a little beyond your current skill and fitness level, please contact us for other options
Equipment, kit and clothing

  • Suitable mountain bike in good working order*
  • Helmet*
  • Gloves and glasses
  • Backpack
  • Spare inner tube
  • Puncture repair kit and bicycle pump
  • Clothing & shoes appropriate for cycling and weather conditions on the day
  • Padded cycling shorts for comfort
  • Personal choice of drink and ride snacks

* without these you will not be able to take part in the guided ride Our guides carry an extensive kit to assist with trail-side repairs

(IMPORTANT: your helmet must be within the warranty period from the date of manufacture to take part in any of our guided rides. See the warranties table tab. You will be asked to submit this information via our riders consent form).

What’s not included

  • Bike hire
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Pre, during or post activity refreshments
  • Transfers to & from location
  • Travel/activity Insurance
MTB Helmet Warranties

11 reviews for Surrey Hills Singletrack Adventure

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!!

  7. Sue Ferguson

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

  8. Damian Brewis

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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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