From 6 to over 100 miles! Listed below are a few routes from the store with links to the Gpx files, we do have small printed laminated cards of some of them but it is advisable to bring your own map or print off the route in a larger format.
If you want to view the route on your smartphone one way is to download the android GPX Viewer app (Click for IPhone) then scroll down and download to your computer the GPX file I have linked to of the route you want to do, attach that file to an email and send-download that to your phone, which you can then upload and view in the app. Another popular way for those who use Strava is to click on the link and email the route to then upload to your own Strava account.
ar more invloved to set up, but with the advantage that it offers more features is 'OsmAnd'. It works totally offline but also has a (fast) online option, with turn-by-turn voice guidance for the android version; there is a good youtube link that may help. Ridewithgps offer a 6$ per month app that also offers TBT direction. Although we sell Smartphone bar mounts like Topeak so you can view the route as you ride this app is useful even if you don't mount the phone the bars, as many have the phone in their pocket with a single headphone earpiece in one ear so they can still hear the directions; as the screen is turned off this also extends battery life. All phone applications these two included you'd want to set up before your visit. In our opinion phone apps are not as good as a bar mounted GPS like the Edge 830; no GPS device should be relied on as your only means of navigation.
All routes are intended as suggestions only, when following any course, on any gps device there are quirks and anomalies that often occur, so always have a good idea where you are going. Paul has created these routes over roads he has ridden before, but he has not then ridden each again just to see if the course works when uploaded onto a gps device. There will probably be occasions where the course will not upload to your device exactly as created; always have a paper back up. At the risk of stating the obvious never blindly follow a course, it may navigate you the wrong way around a mini roundabout, take you the wrong side of a bollard, or as is commonplace on a straight road for no reason what so ever it may take you twenty yards up a side road then back again! At all times you are responsible for your own safety.
Mercers Lake 6 mile flat loop
A popular choice for those hiring our Power Assist, hybrid and mtb bikes.
This is a good route for new riders as a little taster to see what joys cycling can bring into your life. Much of the 6 mile circuit is on quiet roads and non technical tracks that make up part of the 'National Cycle Route 21 (NCR 21)', with a potential refreshment stop at the Inn on the Pond.
Cycling doesn't have to be about pain gain and victory, mile munching for hours on end! It can be about 'chilling out', not 'working out', enjoying the countryside, the fresh air and just being outdoors; perhaps with a cheeky stop at a local 'Inn'.
The feel good factor that this can bring for many can be just the tonic they need to gently cycle away the day to day stresses of our busy modern day lives, you're doing your self good on so many levels; go on, give it a try, you know it makes sense.
Similar to the 18 mile route in as much that we still suggest the 41 mile option as it does not include the potentially dangerous descent of Pebble Hill at 17 miles, but if time and distance deter those attempting the latter then this 25 mile option is far more picturesque than the 18 mile option.
There is not only more to see, but more opportunity to stop and enjoy some refreshment! If you fancy a stop before Box Hill there is the Grumpy Mole or Royal Oak, both at Brockham Green at 7 miles.
In the summer months on the far side of the green from 2.30pm onwards the church offers lovely tea and cakes, click for timetable. Of course the'Tea stop' at the top of Box Hill is very popular in the summer with large picnic area.
It's a relatively easy ride from there back to the stor so you can enjoy the reward of a piece of cake knowing most of the hard work is behind you!
In more ways than one this 26 mile loop provides a taster of just what 'Surrey Cycling' has to offer.
A quick meander through the lanes perhaps with a cheeky stop for either a Coffee, Tea, cake, a full breakfast or lunch make the Green Rooms Cafe at Godstone the perfect refuelling stop; well worth a visit.
Alternatively meander through the lanes to the Dog and Duck pub at 21 miles (note this is a few yards off the course), a favourite on the 'London To Brighton' route with lovely food at reasonable prices.
Quiet lanes around the Surrey Sussex border with a lovely stop just past the halfway point at Tanhousefarm for coffee, cake and homemade food, very popular venue for local cyclists.
There are also plenty of pubs that offer good food, notably The Plough at Rusper near the halfway point or if you would rather get more miles under your belt the at 25 miles you have the Grumpy Mole or the The Royal Oak in the pretty village of Brockam, where the local church often promotes 'Tea on the green', well worth a visit.
Take in some of the beautiful lanes around Surrey before a quick zip around part of the 2012 Olympic road race cycle route over the legendary Box Hill, with a welcome 'Tea stop' at the top.
There are several pubs that serve food along the route, like the Seven Stars just after the 27 1/2 mile mark or just after the Plough at Leigh at 28 1/2 miles, both welcome cyclists with superb value meals.
Taking in Leith Hill, Friday Street, Abinger common, Whitedown, Ranmore and Boxhill Hill this ia a true the classic of the Northdowns!
Potential refreshemts stops are at 12.4 miles the Crown pub at Capel. At 19.7 miles the Stephan Langton Inn, note this is just off the course, to get there, 19.7 miles is the large Mill Pond at Friday street, instead of going straight past and up the hill, take a left turn and ride along the side of pond, just past the end of which is the 'Inn'.
20.7 miles the Abinger Hatch. Along the top of Ranmore common at 25.4 there is a tea wagon that is worth a visit as you do get good views accross to Leith Hill where you have just been. At 28.6 is the Burford Bridge Hotel, there is a side entrance, take the bikes in there and if you are feeling indulgent they do a lovely cream tea; Paul has indulged quite a few times.
If you would rather get to the top of Box Hill at 30.1miles is their cafe, very very popular in the summer months. Alternatively if you would like a 'nearly finished' celebration, at 45.1 miles turn right up "Bonnys Rd" to the Skimmington Castle
Longer than the box hill loop yet not as hilly, over pretty and often very quiet Surrey lanes before swooping into Sussex.
There are also quite a few pub stops, like the Victory Inn and Jolly Tanners, both at the 25 1/2 mile mark near Staplefield or a little further just before the 36mile mark at Lambs Green is the aptly named Lamb Inn,
There is also a lovely tea room at Tanhousefarm at 39 1/2 miles for coffee, cake and homemade food; very popular venue for local cyclists.
This route offers the variety of small country lanes as well as the wide open space around plummer plain midway through the course; one of our favourites loops that showcases both counties beautifully.
Stunning route along the Pilgrims way on route to Dame Kelly Holmes Cafe 1809 before looping back through the lovely lanes of Kent taking in the famous 'Ide' and 'Toys' Hills; don't worry the latter is a descent!
The route also takes you past Chartwell, the home of Sir Winston Churchill.
There are quite a few pubs that serve good food such as the The Cock inn at Ide Hill at 35 miles or much nearer the finish after most of the climbing is completed and with just over five miles to go is the Whyte Harte at Bletchingley.
This is quite a challenging course, but is well worth the effort.