Summer Lightning Details
Riding areaNorth Downs
AKAWaggle Dance, Moonbase, My Cousin Vinnie
Bike typeAM, XC
Trail UsageBiking Primary
DirectionDownhill PrimaryPopular direction shown
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 min630 ft
Altitude max949 ft
Altitude start922 ft
Altitude end630 ft
Distance climb4,570 ft
Distance down2 miles
Distance flat2,465 ft
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Summer Lightning Trail Reports
Jan 20, 2018 @ 1:29amJan 20, 2018
Oct 15, 2017 @ 12:49pmOct 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 @ 12:44pmAug 27, 2017
|Car been abondoned on the early stages of the trail, locals are the suspects|
Jul 27, 2017 @ 10:54pmJul 27, 2017
|All running sweet!!|
Apr 25, 2017 @ 2:02pmApr 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|
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