Nestled away in a valley between two slopes of the Surrey Hills, Peaslake feels a bit like a village from another time. There’s a real sense of place to the village and you can almost feel the community spirit in the air.
However, these social charms are not the principle reason why every weekend mountain bikers descend on the village in their droves. On a warm summer Sunday the benches outside the Hurtwood Inn can be rammed with our species. Alongside its rural atmosphere, Peaslake’s great virtue is its location. To either side, on steep wooded hills rising directly out of the village, is some of the best off-road biking in the whole southeast of England.
The trails exist in a large area of hilly forest known as the Hurtwood. It’s all privately owned, but ever since an agreement was struck as long ago as 1926 the public have been allowed to freely roam on it.
The trails seemingly run everywhere. By and large they comprise wriggly stretches of singletrack but there are also some steep drops and biggish jumps for the more freeride inclined.