Mountain Biking

 

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking

The Surrey Hills is a regional centre for Mountain Biking. The Greensand Hills of Leith Hill and the Hurtwood, in particular are seen as offering some of the best mountain bike terrain for extensive off-road cycling in the country. This is quickly becoming a sport that creates many conflicts with leisure users and has a high localised impact on many areas which do not have the infrastructure to cope with the use. The proximity of the Surrey Hills to London, with 1.5million people living within 6 miles of the AONB, means there is likely to be a growing demand for mountain biking on this area.

The Mountain Biking Working Group has been established to progress the proactive management of mountain biking in the Surrey Hills. It brings together a group of landowners, access managers, users and businesses.

The Working Group has developed the following position statement;

  • Cycling is an activity in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty carried out by a wide range of people that should be appropriately acknowledged.
  • The use of the bike as a means of travelling across the Surrey Hills needs to be accepted, recognising the benefits to health and that responsible use causes negligible damage to the environment or conflict with other users.
  • Opportunities to improve existing routes should be reviewed regularly with the aim of making routes more sustainable; providing a network of mountain bike trails across the Surrey Hills and drawing bikers away from bridleways that are suffering from overcrowding and conflict. Where possible, more facilities, including the development of single tracks and family routes, should be provided.
  • Irresponsible behaviour should be discouraged e.g. inappropriate speed, lack of consideration for others and cycling techniques which cause erosion.

“Mountain biking is here to stay, it is a growing sport and we need to work together to manage it.”

David Mir, Chairman of the Mountain Biking Working Group.

The Surrey Hills Mountain Bike Working Group with the help of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) and the Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) has drawn up a Mountain Bike Code of Conduct. The code is designed to encourage mountain bike riders to enjoy cycling safely in the countryside while looking after the fragile woodland environment and showing consideration for the walkers, children, horse-riders, wildlife and dogs who share the Surrey Hills with them.

Click here to download the Code.

Members of the Mountain Biking Working Group
Members of the Mountain Biking Working Group

Chairman – David Mir, Surrey Hills Board Member and Mole Valley District Council

Support Officer – Pennie King, Grants & Working Group Administrator

Peter Evelyn, Surrey CLA

Paul Redsell, National Trust

Peter Copping, Friends of the Hurtwood

Lucy Bryce, Surrey Wildlife Trust

Adam Godwin, Forestry Commission

George Chapman, Batcheller Monkhouse

Ian Warby, B1KE

Claire Saunders, Surrey County Council

Hannah Gutteridge, Surrey County Council

David Farmer, Cycleworks

Dan Webb, Head for the Hills

Richard Kelly, B1KE

Raluca Bunea, Peaslake Village Stores

Stuart McLachlan, Capel PC

David Lees, Friends of the Hurtwood

Mark Trezise, Rural Affairs & Wildlife Crime Officer

Simon Pratt, SUSTRANS

Caroline Price, Marketing Communications Officer, Surrey Hills Board

Meetings 2017

Meeting 30 November 2017

Meetings 2016

Meeting 16 May 2016
Meeting 21 November 2016

Meetings 2015

Meeting 9 March 2015

Meetings 2014

Meeting 8 October 2014
Meeting 3 April 2014

For further information on the Mountain Biking Working Group, please contact Pennie King, Grants & Working Group Administrator on 01372 220 646 or email pennie.king@surreycc.gov.uk.

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