2.9 miles
Distance
174 ft
Climb
-464 ft
Descent
00:26:02
Avg time

Summer Lightning Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Surrey Hills
    Dorking
  • AKA
    Waggle Dance, Moonbase, My Cousin Vinnie
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Jan-Dec
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #3879 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #33193 in Trail Running
    • #67998 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 55 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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 Wovens Lane and the Rookery descent to get back to the A25 at Westcott.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Summer Lightning mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -290 ft
  • Altitude min
    665 ft
  • Altitude max
    961 ft
  • Altitude start
    956 ft
  • Altitude end
    666 ft
  • Grade
    -1.9%
  • Grade max
    -22.1%
  • Grade min
    18.4%
  • Distance climb
    4,524 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,818 ft
  • Avg time
    00:26:02
  • Avg reverse time
    00:50:28
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on May 14, 2022
Dry
Avg: 4.15 (18 votes)
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      Summer Lightning Trail Reports

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      May 14, 2022 @ 2:57am
      May 14, 2022
      May 8, 2022 @ 5:24am
      May 8, 2022
      Apr 24, 2022 @ 4:12am
      Apr 24, 2022
      Mar 19, 2022 @ 1:56am
      Mar 19, 2022
      Mar 5, 2022 @ 5:38am
      Mar 5, 2022
      All clear of the downed trees, some superstar has turned one in to a new little kicker 3/4 of the way down.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 11 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 320 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      All
      • 2,352 rides
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      Dec 14, 2017 @ 12:23am
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      Oct 1, 2017 @ 1:19pm
      Oct 1, 2017

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      Natyork (Jun 28, 2019 at 13:05)
       Pretty cool trail for midway things
      ,Deliverence is pretty gnarly
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Eddyd42 (Oct 7, 2019 at 10:05)
       Excellent trail for a beginner like me. Loved it
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      gepn20 (Jul 30, 2020 at 4:04)
       Excellent. An easy blue.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Onomatotato (Sep 6, 2020 at 15:00)
       Thanks to the builders, thoroughly enjoyed my blast down.
      Got a bit confused by alt routes here and there, had a good stop and laugh at the chainring beaten step.
      [Reply]





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