With the popularity of cycling ever-increasing, Millwood Designer Homes’ Managing Director, Nick Stonley, discusses why the county of Surrey is a top destination for keen cyclists.
According to British Cycling, more than two million people across the country now cycle at least once a week, an all-time high. With cycle-use largely increasing in recent years, it is no surprise more homebuyers want to live closer to green spaces and get out and explore on pedal.
The beautiful county of Surrey is renowned for its picturesque green spaces and vast amounts of surrounding countryside. With cycle routes winding throughout the Surrey Hills and beyond, the county has been a hub for both amateur and professional cyclists looking to take advantage of the variety of opportunities in the area.
One of the finest cycling spots for those looking to explore the Surrey countryside is Box Hill. Suitable for riders of all abilities, the Box Hill cycling route is a great way to experience the Surrey Hills and is partly owned and managed by the National Trust. Since London hosted the Olympics in 2012 and the picturesque route featured, many riders have visited to continue the Olympic legacy. A cycling sculpture was also installed at the Denbies roundabout in Dorking, following the Olympics. Nearly seven years on and Box Hill is a part of the annual 100-mile Prudential Ride London to Surrey race.
Another serene Surrey spot perfect for cyclists is the River Mole. A tributary of the River Thames, the river runs through Surrey, starting its journey in Horsham, West Sussex and meeting the Thames in East Molesey. Cyclists can pedal their way along the river edge, with one of the most popular routes being the Mole Gap Trail. The trail takes you through the scenic historic villages of Dorking and Westhumble, whilst also guiding you through green parkland.
For those who prefer mountain biking, the renowned Hurtwood Estate located in the Surrey Hills is ideal. Located just an 18-minute bike ride from our new Cherry Tree Lane development in Ewhurst, the man-made track created specifically for mountain bikers is open to the public all year round. Budding cyclists will be well placed as there is also a selection of popular mountain bike shops in the nearby village of Cranleigh.
At Millwood, we are passionate about improving peoples’ quality of life and encouraging residents to get out and about, therefore our developments are well place to complement their countryside surroundings. We are sure cycling lovers will want to explore our Cherry Tree Lane development and take advantage of the best riding spots in the South East.