37 km | 23 mi from Denbies feat. Ranmore, Hackhurst Downs & Shere.
The third episode of Moloko goes Wild took place along stunning Surrey trails, starting & finishing at Chimney Fire Coffee - a roastery right in the middle of the famous Denbies Wine Estate. Featuring some punchy climbs, this ride can be a bit more on the challenging side. You can expect the route to be quite technical after heavy rainfall (which is a lot of fun for mud lovers).
Rating > Medium
Terrain > Rolling trails with some technical sections
Elevation Gain > 550m | 1,804ft
Due to the weather forecast (pouring rain for days) we had to move the ride from Saturday to Sunday, which was ideal timing as the sunshine did not hold back. The ground was still very wet and properly muddy. It didn't stop us though... !
After a snack & a delicious coffee from Chimney Fire, it was time to climb through the vineyards to Ranmore: the views from Denbies road were, as always, just spectacular.
After pedalling along some lush trails through the forest and under cute bridges, we arrived to East Horsley Gothic Mansion, which I would personally call a "castle": prime location for a quick snack stop.
The next 10km took us into Shere, one of our favourite spots in Surrey. The woodlands are simply sublime and on sunny days the light pierces through the thick pine branches creating a magnificent. The descent down into Shere is quite steep but very fun. Be careful to avoid the MTB trails if you don't have any suspensions on your bike: some of our rides turned into a "walk you bike" party.
After a couple of hours on the bike we made it to Shere where we had a little play in the river, as you do! This super cute village is also a great spot for water refill and snacks. We usually get some sugary treats from the Coop down the high street before getting lost on the trails again. There is a lovely cafe called The Dabbling Duck in the high street if you prefer a cake stop.
The last third of the ride took us along the open Abinger trails: they're usually pretty dry so you can get a bit of speed on that section before making your way up some punchy climbs along the Pilgrims Way.
Finally, we rode through the vineyards to get back to where we started. There is truly something special about seeing rows of vines as far as the eye can see. I guess Denbies always reminds me of France & gives me a little taste of home.
Enjoy the ride & see you on Saturday for the 4th episode of Moloko goes Wild🌾 !
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