Whether you’re looking for a half-day adventure or a new route for your regular run, you’ve come to the right place. Your local race organisers Toby, Rory, Becky and Hollie from aat-events are keen runners and cyclists, who spend most of their time in the Surrey Hills discovering new routes for their award-winning events. They’ve each shared one of their favourite run / cycle routes to help you make the most of the Surrey’s great outdoors.
Remember, if you’d rather skip the navigation and be guided around these stunning routes, you can enter the races at aat-events.com. But if you’re ready to explore yourself, read on!
Toby: “Guildford’s infamous 10km”
This route is very special indeed as it’s the original “aat-event” – devised 14 years ago and still used today at The Fitstuff G3 Series – Guildford’s most popular trail running event. Set in the Surrey Hills AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), this classic 10km off-road run route is designed to be challenging, so it features lots of hills but we assure you it’s worth it.
Start with a quick run out into the woods, followed by a sharp turn into the field to witness the first of many spectacular views across Green Belt countryside. A right-hand turn brings you past a farm and some friendly chickens, before a long and gradual climb up until you reach at St Martha’s Church – which is 573ft above sea level and only accessible by foot! Placed right on the top on the County’s 18th highest hill, you’ll enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of up to 7 counties from this grade II listed church. The route then loops through the Chantry’s Woodland – where you’ll be struck by both the tranquillity of the lush woods and the ever present soundtrack of flourishing forest life.
If you fancy a longer (15km) or shorter (5km) version of this fantastic route, or would just rather be guided round by our arrows, join us in 2018 on 6th Jan, 21st Jan and/or 3rd Feb. Everyone who races earns interlocking medals and homemade brownies, and has a fantastic time.
Fitstuff G3 Series: http://aat-events.com/race/g3-run/
Rory: “Hogs Back Road Run”
We’ve taken this route from a race which runners have enjoyed for over 57 years – the Hogs Back Road Race – which aat-events deliver on behalf of Guildford and Godalming Athletics club. The beauty of this 11.7km run is that it’s all on road, but lacks the urban scenery. It also makes an ideal training race for a 10km or half marathon.
The route starts and finishes at the majestic Loseley House – which you’ll recognise from the 2016 Netflix series “The Crown”. You’ll follow roads into Guildford, over The Mount (avoiding the A31) and down past Watts Gallery – named after George Watts, who was widely considered to be the greatest painter of the Victorian era. You could extend your run here by heading into the beautiful woodlands and grounds surrounding the nearby Grade I listed Watts Chapel. Or if you want to take a break, you could check out the Watts Contemporary Exhibition or treat yourself to a cream tea. The route then continues through the tiny hamlet of Compton village and past the 16th century free house The Withies Inn. You’ll return to the rear entrance of Loseley House via Polstead lane – a narrow and windy country road flanked by fields and bushes.
We recommend cooling down / stretching throughout Loseley’s 2.5 acres of walled gardens – which boast over 1000 rose bushes, a maze, herb and organic vegetable gardens and a wildflower meadow. As well as making an idyllic backdrop for your run selfies, Loseley House is rich in history – remaining fundamentally unchanged with original furnishings and artworks that document story of the family who lived there. It’s also an excellent place to indulge in a light lunch or cream tea.
Earn a cheeky pig medal at the end of this run by taking part in the Hogs Back Road Race on 10th December 2017.
Hogs Back Road Race:http://aat-events.com/race/hogs-back-road-race/
Becky: “River-Side Pub Crawl”
This route features some of the best bits of The Fox Ultramarathon – but is much shorter. It’s makes a fabulous (and leisurely) mountain bike route or a scenic run, with plenty of opportunity to stop along the way.
Head for the cross roads in Guildford where you can cross over the Woking Road and follow the trail along the River Way all the way up past the Nature Reserve and all the way along to the New Inn Pub in Old Woking. Continue to follow the River Way, head through Ripley Green and into the beautiful quaint village of Ripley. Ripley is a great place to stop for a cup of tea and slice of cake, or if you’re in it for the pub crawl, head to The Talbot Inn. Take a right turn off of Ripley Lane to come into West Clandon (and The Onslow Arms) before heading through the Clandon Regis Golf Course and along to the Tillingbourne Brewery. The route then brings you back via Newland’s Corner where you’ll enjoy fabulous views across Guildford. If you want to extend the route, we recommend a quick detour to St Martha’s Church which offers incredible views. It’s all downhill from there across the Pewley Downs, down Fort Road and into the Guildford Castle Grounds.
We recommend finishing with lunch by the river at the Weyside Pub.
Hollie: “A Royally Good Day Out”
If you’re looking for an active day out, we recommend this road cycle to Windsor and back. This is an ideal route to start from Guildford, Godalming, Farnham or Farnborough.
Head towards Normandy Common and then cycle through Chobham and Sunningdale Golf Courses. You could even start from Woking, heading towards Goldsworth Park, and join the route at Chobham Golf Course. The route continues through Coworth Park until you’re greeted by the glittering waters of the stunning Virginia Water Lakes. This is an ideal place to take a quick break and explore the wooded shores and cascading waterfalls. Continuing on up past the Savill Gardens, the route meanders through the glorious Windsor Great Park, where you’re greeted with a truly magnificent view of Windsor Castle – which appears to rise in front of you from the ground below.
We suggest finishing the first leg of your trip at Windsor Royal Shopping centre – just a few more minutes from the park. There are plenty of places to safely lock your bike whilst you enjoy a delicious slice of Red Velvet cake at the (highly recommended!) Cinnamon Cafe. We then suggest a slightly shorter route home by heading towards Chobham Common. The cycle will take you between 1.5 – 2 hours each way depending on where you start and how fast you cycle.
Love cycling? “Tri” our Guildford Triathlon: http://aat-events.com/race/guildford-triathlon/
More about aat events:
aat-events deliver a range of award-winning running races, triathlons and cycling events in Surrey – including the Mercer Surrey Half Marathon. We also offer a complete event management service – creating anything from an internal team building day, to a mass participation charity event for your clients and employees. Find out more and enter your next race at: http://aat-events.com/