2.2 miles
184 ft
-416 ft
Avg time

Summer Lightning Details

  • Riding area
  • AKA
    Waggle Dance, Moonbase, My Cousin Vinnie
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

The extended Summer Lightning trail on Leith Hill combines the original Summer Lightning Trail (now the end part of the full trail, starting near Wolverns Lane) with the new trail sections (April 2014), that start at Leith Tower and link to the original trail.

The trail starts near the Tower at the top of Leith Hill on the North side just below the green and starts with a great fun swoopy, bermy, jumpy descent down the steep side. The trail keeps mountain bikes segregated from the hikers and horses climbing or descending the main track to Leith Tower.

At the bottom of the 1st section at the gate, take the track up to the right and then cut off to the right onto the next section (currently signposted) which roughly follows the original “moonbase” trail with its bombhole dips!

At the end of this section, carry on down the track past the cricket pitch on your left and then take a left into the next section (signposted) through what was originally known as Cousin Vinnie’s Strange Garden. This section has lots of dippers and a big step-up towards the end if you see it and have the skills!

Follow the signposts into the woods below Coldharbour lane and hook up with the original trail (Waggle dance and regurgitator sections) at the end turn left on the bridle path and look for the signposts into the last 2 fast descending sections.

Link up with Greensands way and the Rookery descent to get back to the A25 at Westcott.

More Stats for Summer Lightning mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -232 ft
  • Altitude min
    692 ft
  • Altitude max
    947 ft
  • Altitude start
    931 ft
  • Altitude end
    698 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,321 ft
  • Distance down
    1.2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,010 ft
  • Avg time
  • view trail stats
on Aug 27, 2016
Avg: 3 (4 votes)

view (179)
Layers winter
Map Style
Trail Style
  • ?
update trails status or condition

Summer Lightning Trail Reports

Aug 27, 2016 @ 5:23am
Aug 27, 2016
Few areas are shut off due to maintenance
Aug 17, 2016 @ 1:24am
Aug 17, 2016
Dusty and loose
Dec 5, 2015 @ 3:28pm
Dec 5, 2015
A couple of small puddles, but no mud,
view all reports »


more »
23 |
Aug 26, 2016 @ 3:13am
Aug 26, 2016
Summer Lightning, Surrey
21 |
Aug 26, 2016 @ 3:11am
Aug 26, 2016
Summer Lightning, Surrey
13 |
Aug 26, 2016 @ 3:09am
Aug 26, 2016
Summer Lightning, Surrey
80 |
May 11, 2016 @ 12:33pm
May 11, 2016
Summer Lightning, Dorking

Routes with this trail

Orange Loop
6.5 miles

Reviews / Comments

No reviews yet, be the first to write a review or ask a question.
Use trail reports to comment on trail conditions.

Post a Comment

You must login to Pinkbike.
Don't have an account? Sign up

Join Pinkbike  Login


more »
Summer Lightning
0:30 | 22 | Aug 26, 2016 Summer Lightning, Dorking
Surrey Hills Jumping
0:13 | 339 | Sep 2, 2015 Summer Lightning, Dorking
Hops and Jumps
2:12 | 639 | Apr 20, 2015 Summer Lightning, Dorking
Summer Lightning DH
0:47 | 202 | Feb 20, 2014 Summer Lightning, Dorking
  • embed Summer Lightning trail on your website
  • subscribe
  • flag
  • login to download gpx or kml files.