3 miles
Distance
210 ft
Climb
-502 ft
Descent
00:27:33
Avg time

Summer Lightning Details

  • Riding Area
    North Downs
    Dorking
  • AKA
    Waggle Dance, Moonbase, My Cousin Vinnie
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Jan-Dec
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #19895 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 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.

More Stats for Summer Lightning bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -292 ft
  • Altitude min
    630 ft
  • Altitude max
    949 ft
  • Altitude start
    922 ft
  • Altitude end
    630 ft
  • Grade
    -1.892%
  • Grade max
    -23.688%
  • Grade min
    11.197%
  • Distance climb
    4,570 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,465 ft
  • Avg time
    00:27:33
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Status:
on Mar 5, 2019
Variable
Avg: 3.65 (9 votes)

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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
  • Other Other
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      Summer Lightning Trail Reports

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      Mar 5, 2019 @ 7:12am
      Mar 5, 2019
      Slightly damp overall but not overly wet, a few really muddy bits but not bad at all. Track's had maintenance recently done to it, lots of places...
      Feb 23, 2019 @ 2:47am
      Feb 23, 2019
      Feb 3, 2019 @ 7:53am
      Feb 3, 2019
      Very muddy and slippery
      Jan 27, 2019 @ 8:25am
      Jan 27, 2019
      Very muddy in places, especially on the descent.
      Jan 19, 2019 @ 1:23am
      Jan 19, 2019
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 5 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 81 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      All
      • 910 rides
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      Photos

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      Mar 6, 2018 @ 3:19pm
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      Summer Lightning, London
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      Mar 6, 2018 @ 3:18pm
      Mar 6, 2018
      Summer Lightning, London
      21 |
      Dec 14, 2017 @ 12:23am
      Dec 14, 2017
      Summer Lightning, Guildford
      38 |
      Oct 1, 2017 @ 1:19pm
      Oct 1, 2017
      Summer Lightning, My City

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