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johncardjohncard Posts: 8
Can anyone help? I've spent a lot of time, trying to find websites which can help me to find easy to follow, (mainly) off road routes. I've an 8 and 10 year old, so would prefer to avoid roads as much as possible. Even the likes of TrailForks, and Kamoot I haven't really found that useful. Does anyone know any sites which specialise in detailed, off road routes? For info, we're on the Surrey/West Sussex border.

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  • LongshotLongshot Posts: 935
    The one that you probably know about that I guess is local to you is the Downslink from Guildford to Shoreham. Very easy to follow and easy riding too so suitable for your kids. Biggest obstacle is dog walkers and mud if its been raining.

    I don't know the best resource for finding other routes online - I find that in Surrey (Guildford area) there's not as many off road choices as you might think that are really suitable for riding on. Obviously towpaths but otherwise you're stuck with very poor quality footpaths that are narrow and overgrown.

    I've just taken my kids out on quiet back roads mainly as there's been little other choice.
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  • mtb-idlemtb-idle Posts: 2,176
    edited 9 January
    try Gravel Map. It's for gravel biking which is pretty much equivalent to your requirements. A US based site but plenty of trails mapped in SE England.

    I picked this up from this site which also features gravel routes That Bloody Bike
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  • monkimarkmonkimark Posts: 737
    edited 9 January
    Depends how 'off road' you want and where abouts you are but there are a few tracks down old railway lines if you're looking for flat, easy trails. They tend to be a bit 'there and back' rather than circular for obvious reasons but the only roads you tend to encounter are just crossings.

    Try the cuckoo trail or forest way if that's what you're after, I'm sure sustrans has others as well. I seem to remember one near Guildford that i did as well which had some pubs next to it for a lunch stop.
    https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-route-on-the-national-cycle-network/forest-way/?gclid=CjwKCAiAu9vwBRAEEiwAzvjq-2kNpViDffIKlihJqNKa7k0c46xCYd2IrT2PGckgBw-X98RxndOGGxoC9OIQAvD_BwE
    https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-route-on-the-national-cycle-network/cuckoo-trail/

    Edit, this is the guildford one, I think we stated off near Shalford and headed south
    https://www.cyclingfromguildford.co.uk/route3.html
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