2.2 miles
Distance
184 ft
Climb
-416 ft
Descent
00:24:20
Avg time

Summer Lightning Details

  • Riding area
  • AKA
    Waggle Dance, Moonbase, My Cousin Vinnie
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Jan-Dec
  • 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
    -16.21%
  • Grade min
    14.692%
  • Distance climb
    3,321 ft
  • Distance down
    1.2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,010 ft
  • Avg time
    00:24:20
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Status:
on Apr 25, 2017
Very Dry
Avg: 3.2 (5 votes)

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Summer Lightning Trail Reports

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Apr 25, 2017 @ 2:02pm
Apr 25, 2017
Didn't see the tree that was down but wasn't looking for it, all very dry and dusty out there in places
Apr 9, 2017 @ 12:02pm
Apr 9, 2017
Tree still down
Apr 3, 2017 @ 1:46am
Apr 3, 2017
Tree still down on left fork, else running well.
Mar 14, 2017 @ 2:20pm
Mar 14, 2017
Just after the tower right at the top there is a tree down on the left (steep) fork; else running well.
Jan 6, 2017 @ 3:37pm
Jan 6, 2017
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Dec 5, 2016 @ 8:24am
Dec 5, 2016
Summer Lightning, Horsham
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Aug 26, 2016 @ 3:13am
Aug 26, 2016
Summer Lightning, Surrey
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Aug 26, 2016 @ 3:11am
Aug 26, 2016
Summer Lightning, Surrey
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Aug 26, 2016 @ 3:09am
Aug 26, 2016
Summer Lightning, Surrey

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