This ride is often my choice when I want to escape London for a quick exercise. Although it doesn’t involve mtb single tracks and challenging downhills it’s a nice ride in the nature mostly on bridleways.
Starting in Epsom you need to take the road to Epsom Downs Racecourse, which is approximately 1.5 km going uphill. From there you cross to the other side of the racecourse and head towards Walton on the Hill. Once you pass through that lovely town and join B2032 for a few hundred metres you get to the headquarters of Pfizer where you say goodbye to the paved roads for almost the rest of the ride. From there you’ll only be cycling on narrow bridleways all the way to Reigate Hill that will need to be earned by a rather challenging hill. Once you’re on it you’ll know what I’m talking about. Let me know in the comments if you managed to get all the way to the top without taking your foot off the pedal. I only manage to do so when it’s dry but the curve to the left is always a killer anyway.
Once you reach Reigate Hill you may want to have a short break and enjoy the stunning view on your right. The path will then take you to a cool descend that will finish by Royal Alexandra & Albert School. From there it’s just a short ride to Reigate where you will take a climb back to Reigate Hill. Although not as challenging as the previous climb it’s also really fun. From the top you’ll head towards Lower Kingswood and after that back to Walton on the Hill. The reward for the whole journey will be the path from the border of the town down to the bottom of the Epsom racecourse. It’s long, narrow and fun but be careful as someone might be walking it up at the same time. After that you take the same route back to Epsom. The whole ride can be easily completed in two hours.