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;
“Mountain biking is here to stay, it is a growing sport and we need to work together to manage it.”
Neil Maltby, 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.
If you require the Surrey Hills Mountain Bike Code of Conduct as an A4 poster, please email email@example.com. The poster can be personalised if appropriate with your company/organisation logo.
Members of the Mountain Biking Working Group
Chairman – Neil Maltby, Surrey Hills Board and President of Surrey Hills Society
Support Officer – Pennie King, Grants & Working Group Administrator
For further information on the Mountain Biking Working Group, please contact Pennie King, Grants & Working Group Administrator on 01372 220 646 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.