3 miles
Distance
210 ft
Climb
-502 ft
Descent
00:28:31
Avg time

Summer Lightning Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    North Downs
    Dorking
  • AKA
    Waggle Dance, Moonbase, My Cousin Vinnie
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • 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
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #19895 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 85 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
    00:28:31
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Status:
on Oct 13, 2019
Wet
Avg: 3.85 (12 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
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  • Closed

  • 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
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Summer Lightning Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Oct 13, 2019 @ 1:18pm
      2 days
      Giant puddles and pretty thick mud in most of the dips. Most of the berms and corners still in good shape though.
      Aug 20, 2019 @ 3:28am
      Aug 20, 2019
      Wet first half, pretty good after the rooty section. Tree down after the drop at the end, right turn to go around.
      Jul 27, 2019 @ 1:31am
      Jul 27, 2019
      Jul 9, 2019 @ 3:42am
      Jul 9, 2019
      Jul 6, 2019 @ 12:49am
      Jul 6, 2019
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 4 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 179 rides
      • 21 miles avg distance
      All
      • 910 rides
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      Photos

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      Mar 6, 2018 @ 3:19pm
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      Mar 6, 2018
      23 |
      Dec 14, 2017 @ 12:23am
      Dec 14, 2017
      44 |
      Oct 1, 2017 @ 1:19pm
      Oct 1, 2017

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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Natyork (Jun 28, 2019 at 13:05)
       Pretty cool trail for midway things
      ,Deliverence is pretty gnarly
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Eddyd42 (Oct 7, 2019 at 10:05)
       Excellent trail for a beginner like me. Loved it
      [Reply]

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