3 miles
210 ft
-502 ft
Avg time

Summer Lightning Details

  • Riding area
    North Downs
  • AKA
    Waggle Dance, Moonbase, My Cousin Vinnie
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  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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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 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -292 ft
  • Altitude min
    630 ft
  • Altitude max
    949 ft
  • Altitude start
    922 ft
  • Altitude end
    630 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4,570 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,465 ft
  • Avg time
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on Oct 15, 2017
Avg: 3.5 (6 votes)

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Summer Lightning Trail Reports

Oct 15, 2017 @ 12:49pm
Oct 15, 2017
Dry or slightly damp but hard packed. Fast and pretty much perfect condition. Car still lodged between tress at the start. Interesting feature!
Aug 27, 2017 @ 12:44pm
Aug 27, 2017
Car been abondoned on the early stages of the trail, locals are the suspects
Jul 27, 2017 @ 10:54pm
Jul 27, 2017
All running sweet!!
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
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Dec 14, 2017 @ 12:23am
Dec 14, 2017
Summer Lightning, Guildford
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Oct 1, 2017 @ 1:19pm
Oct 1, 2017
Summer Lightning, My City
22 |
Sep 3, 2017 @ 6:54am
Sep 3, 2017
Summer Lightning, My City
13 |
Jul 27, 2017 @ 10:54pm
Jul 27, 2017
Summer Lightning, Horsham

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