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|Cycle Route Details|
|Route Name||Croydon Circular Route Via Bookham and Box Hill|
|Distance : miles (km)||35.01 (56.34)|
|Posted By||A Bicycle|
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|Leave Croydon heading south along the A235 Brighton Rd, thru Purley (now A23)to Coulsdon. Here take Rt turn at traffic lights into town centre (do not continue on A23, new bypass). After 400 yds go Rt at mini Rbt onto B2032. Str on at traffic lights and shortly take Lft fork and climb up Portnalls Rd, continuing to country village of Chipstead (White Hart pub by Elmore Pond).
Another half mile go Rt at cross road into White Hill and Chipstead Lane. Follow lanes (passing Well House Inn) to join A217. Here turn Rt, short climb and go Lft into Mill Ln and Str on to meet B2220. Go Lft into Walton on the Hill. Tea room opposite Mere Pond with its herons/swans.
Continue and opposite church go Rt into more country lanes, Ebbisham Lane/Hurst Rd, at T go Lft into Hurst Lane. Lft at nxt T into Church Lane. 1st Rt (before the Cock Inn) into Slough Lane which is on NCR 22 so now follow its signs which will take you thru what local cyclists know as Little Switzerland!
When you get to T with the Old London Rd go Rt into Mickleham. Here the Running Horses pub was once the haunt of highway men, so don't get mugged!
You will shortly meet the new Dorking Rd dual carriage way and part of the Olympic Road Race course. Go Rt and be sensible by taking the adjacent cycle path which dates back to the 1920s when road designers actually catered for cyclists!
At the nxt Rbt go Rt into Young St, named after a Canadian military engineer who built the road. Reason being that in build up to D-Day their tanks were too heavy to cross River Mole on the old bridge. So now cross the Mole and head up hill to our half way destination, tea room at Bocketts Farm! It is on your left so watch out for the entry.
After a cuppa continue on Young St which becomes the Guilford Rd (A246). At great Bookham take a Lft (sign posted N.T Polesden Lacey, another tea room!) and then immediate Lft again into Dorking Rd and its another long climb with a fast down hill (20%) along Chapel Lane to eventually meet the A24 at West Humble by the famous Stepping Stones and the pub of that name.
Lft onto A24 and immediate Rt by Burford Bridge Hotel (Lord Nelson slept here on his way to the Battle of Trafalgar), but you will be more interested in the next bit. A short climb then take the Lft up the famous Zigzag. Yes its Box Hill, a great climb even if you are not Bradley Wiggins. But you do not have to do it nine times!
If you do, there is a tea room at the top of the climb.
Follow your nose until you hit the B2032, Dorking Rd, go Lft. After passing over the M25 go left again onto the B2220 back thru Walton on the Hill. Continue thru Tadworth to major Rbt on the A217. Here take 2nd exit (B2032) to Kingswood, and there opposite Kingswood Arm turn Rt and just keep going as it will take you back to Coulsdon and Croydon.
For those who fancy themselves as another Mark Cavendish you can have a go at the Anerley B.C end of ride sprint.
A few miles after Kingswood you come to the few houses and see the village name plate "Chipstead", then a railway bridge over the road. At this bridge get out of the saddle and sprint! The finish line is the 30 mph sign by the Travellers Rest pub. You will need a drink cos its a long sprint!
|Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?|
|Pubs, tea rooms and more include in my route notes. Lots of great scenery and country views, plus you will pass many historic farms and houses and other things of interest.
Bike shops? Several. Geoffrey Butler, Cycle King, Bike Plus at South Croydon. Two more at Coulsdon plus another at Walton on the Hill. And not forgetting Dauphine Cycles at along Box Hill Rd.
|Near By Cycle Shops|
|Cycling Made Easy - Electric Bike Specialists|
|B and L Stevens|
|Cycling Clubs located in this region|
|Anerley Bicycle Club|
|Herne Hill Youth Cycling Club|
|Kenton Road Club|
|Kingston Phoenix Road Club|
|London Clarion Cycle Club|