The Pearson community share a love for cycling by posting tried and tested Strava rides for others to enjoy. Below is list of some of our favourites, they are often routes that start around London or our Sheen base. They all link through to the Strava app for easy access, and we have added some basic ride details to help you choose what's right for you. For future automatic alerts don't forget to follow Pearson 1860 on Strava.

If you've got some hidden gems you want to share with the Pearson community, send the Strava link to care@pearson1860.co.uk for your chance to be featured in our newsletter and our Strava page.

A Whole New Weald

November, 2020

107km

1089m

Road

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type


The Weald /ˈwiːld/ is an area of South East England between the parallel chalk escarpments of the North and the South Downs. It crosses the counties of Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent. It has three separate parts: the sandstone "High Weald" in the centre; the clay "Low Weald" periphery; and the Greensand Ridge which stretches around the north and west including its highest points. The Weald once was covered with forest, and its name, Old English in origin, signifies "woodland". The term is still used today, as scattered farms and villages sometimes refer to The Weald in their names.

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Testing, testing...

November, 2020

32.1km

112m

Gravel

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type

 

The ideal test track for a gravel bike. A mix of on and off road sections to understand true capability. Winding towpath section along the Thames, leads into Richmond Park for a gravel climb, across to Wimbledon Common for more technical sections with faster flat compact gravel. Onto Putney Heath and a quick loose descent, onto a road section via the Marc Bolan Shrine. Back to the towpath at Putney boathouse to Sheen.

 

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The Bartlett

November, 2020

Pearson gravel ride farthing downs

 

60.9km

931m

Gravel

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type

 

An and off-road route starting and ending in Beddington-Park, designed by legendary Pearson cyclo cross pro Tony Bartlett. A route taking in the climbs and beautiful views from Surrey's North Downs.

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The Hills Are Alive...

October, 2020

 

154.1km

2171m

Road

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type


This route is designed and tested by Pearson 1860 sponsored rider Mattie Dodd. When planning the route he wanted to include as many of the big climbs of the South Downs as he could. The result is over 150 kilometres and 2000 metres of climbing. It’s a route with parcours and climbs similar to that of an Ardennes classic. The short, sharp kicks of Surrey may have you wondering what all the hype is about in the continent.

The route takes you through Richmond Park just after leaving the shop. It is then pretty much a straight line out to Epsom through the back roads. A cheeky stretch of gravel gets you into the classics mindset for the day ahead. If you (or your tyres) aren’t up to it, a quick look at the map will provide an easy detour. So far, however, it has provided no huge obstacle for 25mm tyres. Once you’re in Epsom, the buildings and people start to disappear as you get out into Surrey.

The first small test is a gentle climb up to Epsom Downs. After this there is a brief stretch on Reigate Road, that is the one and only big road, don’t worry. After that it’s a baptism of fire up Coldharbour Lane, if you’re not warmed up already, you will be after this. Then a descent of one of Leith Hill’s 8 different passages to the summit, and you’re climbing up another.

Then you’ve got a brief rest as as you trundle along some nice backroads before reaching Ewhurst. Next up it’s Barhatch Hill, a climb that drags on and only gets steeper. After that it’s the descent of Pitch Hill as you go back down past Ewhurst. After this you’ve got the pleasant climb of Holmbury Hill.

Next it’s Whitedown, one of the 2 climbs on this route included in the 100 Climbs. After this, you’ve got the smooth, flowing descent of Effingham. Then it’s up Whitedown’s younger sister, Crocknorth. As you come under the railway bridge, you can breathe a sigh of relief as all the climbing above 15% gradient is finished.

A few kilometres along the ridge and you take the descent of Ranmore Common Road. At the bottom of that your a matter of minutes away from the moneymaker, Box Hill. At the top of that, you’ve got the viewpoint, an opportunity to look out over Surrey and see all the potential roads out there just waiting to be ridden.

After that you carry on through Box Hill Village and back towards Epsom. A ride around the perimeter of the Downs let’s you see the vast size of the area. Then you head down into Epsom and through the back roads back towards home. As you come through Raynes Park you go up Copse Hill, a final kick in the teeth, just for good measure. Then it’s through Wimbledon and along the edge of the Common before going down into Richmond. Through the park for a second time and it a easy spin back down to the shop.

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Planespotting

October, 2020

76.32km

275m

Gravel

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type


Interesting route out of London via Hillingdon. Busy roads at times, so aim to go out early and avoid the traffic. Once past Uxbridge, and over the Grand Union Canal, suddenly the city falls away into country side and little lanes. On the way back in, the route skirts along next to Heathrow Airport before reaching Richmond and back to the shop!

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Glorious Gravel

October, 2020

69.08km

1329m

Gravel

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type

 

The Surrey Hills but not as you know it. Starting from Cranleigh we tour the Winterfold Woods and the Hurtwood, the home of Mountain Biking south of London. The trails are a mix of pale yellow and chalky white gravel with occasional sand traps to watch out for. As we extend along the North Downs we take a short tour through Denbies Vineyard before cutting across to the feed stop in the scenic village of Holmbury St Mary and then southwards on a mix of trail and path, and finally onto a section of the Downs link that was the rail line through the hills until the 1960s.

Enjoy this rich gravel riding area and see the hills you know in a whole new light.

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Sent to the Tower!

September, 2020

66km

1078m

Gravel

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type


A mix of gravel and road on the way to Leith Hill Tower via Redlands woods. The tower offers one of the most iconic views in Surrey - on a clear day you can see all the way down to the South Downs. The descent of summer lightning is challenging but perfectly ridable for an experienced gravelist. Test your skills on this advanced graveling ride!

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Say Cheese!

September, 2020

100km

1537m

Road

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type


A route with plenty of elevation as you head out through the "sticks" to Cheddar Gorge.

Starting off at Odd Down with fresh legs, head east and start ticking off the villages. Compton Dando, Stanton Wick and Bishop Sutton fly past as you start to climb on your way out of West Harptree, winding towards Cheddar. It's downhill to coffee and cake once you've conquered the rise from Churchill to Shipham.

With (relatively) fresh legs after your coffee stop at Rockface, the road heads up through the breathtaking Cheddar Gorge, before heading back towards Bath through the fantastically named Farrington Gurney.

Save a bit in the legs for the final push into Bath, as you head up to the Combe Cycle tunnel, the longest Cycling Tunnel in Britain,

Unclip and relax as you reach your destination - the fantastic Colonna and Smalls Coffee Shop on Queens Square. Fancy something stronger? Wheel your bikes over the cobbled roads to the Raven for a more traditional feel to your post-ride tipple.

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Fens and White Elephants

September, 2020

94.6km

249m

Cyclocross/Gravel

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type


These fenland tracks look easy-going in the summer but in the winter they are coated in the thick claggy mud deposited by the farmer's tractors.


This route sets off along the River Cam and Lode Way towards Ely - cross nature reserves and bird reserves on a well-marked National Cycleway. From Ely it crosses West to St Ives and then back into the centre of Cambridge on the massive 'white elephant' projects of the Cambridge Guided Busway.

Perfect for cycling - this smooth cycleway is clear of traffic. Watch out after heavy rain - part of the route crosses flood plains which can be several meters underwater after weeks of rain.

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Are you being Observed? - A Northern Classic

August, 2020

80.29km

441m

Road

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type

 

The route starts and finishes in the Altrincham area of South Manchester and takes in some of Cheshire's nicest lanes and villages. Out via Lymm and through the beautiful Great Budworth and onto Goostrey to take in the great Meccano set that is the Jodrell Bank Observatory.

Then swiftly on to Siddington before heading home in a Northerly direction through Over Peover and Mobberley.

Finish with a coffee in Hale at the Village Cafe or on a sunny day an ale outside the Stamford Arms.

Sent to us by long-standing and loyal Pearsonite Andrew Rink.

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Finding Common Ground

August, 2020

67.3km

370m

Gravel

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type


Ride out to explore Wisley, Ockham, Oxchott and Esher Commons - crossing the abandoned runway at Wisley Airfield.

The airstrip, originally grass (converted to tarmac in 1952), was used for testing by the Vickers Aviation Ltd. During WWII it was used as a dispersal site for Vickers Wellington bombers which would have been transported to the site by road from the factory at Brooklands, Weybridge to complete initial flight testing before delivery to the RAF.

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Industrial Revolutions

August, 2020.

Castle combe strava ride pearson

89.8km

979m

Light gravel/Road

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type

 

Starting and finishing at the Bath Railway station, this route takes on the National cycleways, abandoned railways and canals of the industrial revolution from Bath towards Bristol and up to the market town of Chipping Sodbury. Here there are a selection of cafes perfect for a mid-ride stop.


The route continues through Little Badminton to Castle Combe. This idyllic village appeared in the film Doctor Dolittle, an episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot and Steven Spielberg's production of War Horse.

Whilst most of the route is perfectly ridable on a road bike, the softer tyres of a gravel bike will make the canal sections much more enjoyable.

 

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Tour de Avoriaz

August, 2020.

 

A beautiful Avoriaz road loop via Lac du Montriond starting from the Montriond roundabout. Amazing Alpine vistas from every angle, climb the hairpins to Les Lindarets ‘goat village’ and through the pine forest to the spectacle of 1960s Le Corbusier influenced architecture of Avoriaz. Descend the fast wider road back to Morzine back to Montriond. Turn off and ascend back to the lake for a well deserved dip.

Voilà!

35.53km

1202m

Road

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type

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Los Dos Monasterios

July, 2020.

 

For those staying in Port de Pollenca on the cycling mecca of Mallorca - this epic route is a real test of climbing and endurance. Crossing the middle of the island, the route takes in the climbs, El puig de Sant Salvador and Puig de Randa to Santuari de Cura. These epic climbs rising out from the flat middle of the island dominate the surrounding landscape.

Whilst both climbs boast a café at the top - the pros who ride the island roads everyday through the winter months stop in at the little Supermercat Ca na Conxa in Felanitx for unbelievably cheap pastries and a bottle of coke.

164km

1785m

Road

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type

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Urban Skirmish II

July, 2020.

Pearson Urban Skirmish London Cycle Route

 

Out across Hammersmith Bridge and along the cycle superhighway through Kensington. Around the cycle tracks of Hyde Park, past the front of Buckingham Palace. Having crossed the river the route gets really interesting - following the river (as closely as you can!) from Battersea Park to Putney. Plenty of cafes and pubs to stop in for a quick refuel on the way back home.

27.9km

72m

Road

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type

Pearson London Cycling Route

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The Dirty Winza (Editors Cut).

July, 2020.

Dirty Winza Swinley Forest Pearson

A beauty of a mainly off-road route (with the odd road stretch) out along the Thames via Weybridge and Basingstoke canal to Deepcut, across the badlands of Swinley Forest (known for its mountain bike tracks), the Jubilee River to Slough, returning via the Grand Union Canal to Brentford and Thameside for the last leg home.

A big ride with dirty great rewards along the way.

116km

440m

Gravel

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type

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To Brighton!

Ninteen to the Dozen.

July, 2020.

leith hill pearson strava

 

Deepest darkest Surrey Hills. Leith Hill, Hurt Wood and Winterfold. With 1370m of elevation over 117km and five significant climbs, this is a real leg tester.

117km

1371m

Road

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type

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A Trail of Two Cities.

June, 2020.

 

 

A virtually entirely off-road route to the coast. Leave London and follow the Thames to Weybridge, along the Wey Navigation to Guildford. Pick up the Downs Link, a cycle path converted from a disused railway line, to Shoreham and the coast. Finish along the front to Brighton station, for a used railway ride home.

114km

663m

Gravel

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type

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To Brighton!

June, 2020.

Brighton ditchling beacon pearson

A quick route to Brighton via Ditchling Beacon. Taking in the North and South Downs climbs, this ride is varied with rolling, lumpy and fast sections. Fish and chip rewards greatest effort - recommend the Regency Cafe on the front in Regency Square for the best in town, and a cycling obsessed owner, 5 *. Trains easily caught back to London with bikes on weekends if required!

86.81km

1127m

Road

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type

Pearson london to brighton ride

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What have the Romans ever done for us?

Created on June 12, 2020

 

Setting off through Wimbledon Common, along the Hogsmeade River to Epsom Common to Stane Street. Follow the Roman road down to Box Hill, then across towards Ranmore where you join the bridleway along the bottom of the North Downs. Climb over the downs up Colekitchen Lane and head back into town via Ashtead, Oxshott and Esher commons.

80.42km

857m

Gravel

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type

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For Queen and Country!

May 29, 2020

"Follow a James Bond themed ride - along the River Thames, through Staines, to Pinewood studios - home to the James Bond franchise since the filming 'Dr. No' (1962), right up to the yet to be released 'No Time to Die' (2020).

Following the national cycle network, the route takes little lanes to Burnham Beeches, before dropping down past Dorney into Bond's old school - Eton. Across the cobbled bridge into Windsor the route skirts Windsor castle.

Plenty of cafes in Windsor for a quick coffee before heading through Great Windsor park, Egham, Chertsey and home."

115.42km

546m

Road

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type

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Shere Drop

Created on May 29, 2020

The route is a challenging scenic loop through Surrey. A fast return leg is a great reward for early efforts through the lanes. Ride the roads raced by the pros in the Tour of Britain.

95.59km

922m

Road

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type

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Life On Mars.

Created on May 6, 2020

"This ride takes its name from a Strava section on the route, called Life on Mars. Quite apt we thought when the world feels like a slightly alien environment. While we may not be alone, 'going solo' is our default for the moment, so here's a great ride to enjoy a little cosmic distance. Far out!

Route summary: over Wimbledon Common, Horton Park, Epsom common to Stane Street. Stunning little loop through the bluebells on a easy trail called 'Life on Mars' (no idea why!) Then again along Stane Street and back via Ashtead Common, Claygate Common, Telegraph Hill and then tow path from Kingston to Richmond."

59.83km

513m

Gravel

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type

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Urban Skirmish.

Created on April 13, 2020

A fast route around London with some amazing sites and places to admire.

29.40km

97m

Road

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type

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Thames Pathfinder

Created on March 26, 2020

From Pearson Performance Sheen, 50km through Richmond Park, Wimbledon Common, Thames Tow Path, Bushy Park and back through Richmond. Almost entirely off-road!

49.42km

177m

Gravel

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type

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Pearson Inside Out Gravel Series

Created on March 17, 2020

The route promises to introduce even the most experienced navigators to a ride which spans lesser know paths and tracks across SW London. A mixture of passable off-road and gravel tracks, interspersed by quieter roads to link to one another. The 52km route (42km gravel), leaves Pearson Sheen store SW14 8AG where plentiful coffee and watering facilities are available. Now a segment too, do your best!

52KM

337M

Gravel

Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type

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