Day 8: Caterham to Tattenham Corner

Oyster Loop Day 8 of 8, a circuit of London for hybrid bikes using Oyster stations.

Iconic Ascent

The climb of Box Hill has become iconic in British Cycling following the London 2012 Olympics. This route culminates in its ascent but takes time first to explore the villages of Surrey, their pubs and churches, before heading back across Epsom Downs to London.

  • Total Distance: 67.0km
  • Total Ascent: 524m
  • Highest Point: 209m
  • Lowest Point: 36m
Finishing the tour at Box Hill

The route climbs the North Downs from Caterham to pick up Route 21 to Redhill. Surrey Cycleways then head to Westhumble before leading up the Box Hill climb. Finally local roads and tracks lead to Tattenham Corner.

From Caterham, the route climbs steeply to the summit of the Downs before descending a bridleway to join route 21. Gravel and dirt tracks with a few small lanes then take the route to Redhill where a Cycleway takes you through the town centre with route 21 then following off-road tracks to reach Horley.

Here Route 21 is left to join the Surrey Cycleway which uses quiet lanes to head through Leigh (pub), Betchworth and Brockham (pubs and cafes) and onward to Dorking. After crossing the A22 (care needed), route 22 takes you alongside the carriageway to Westhumble. A subway is used to cross the road, before turning right onto the Box Hill access road.

This climb, beloved by cyclists is steady and after 10-15 minutes of effort, the cafe at the top is reached with the usual range of National Trust fare. Take time to visit the viewpoint, then continue a gentle climb to reach Box Hill village.

At the T-junction, you could turn left to rejoin Route 22 but turn right for a short section of A road, to investigate the charms of Walton Heath before heading north on quiet roads and bridleways across Epsom Downs to reach Tattenham Corner. If all 8 days have been followed, then you have now reached your original starting point, completing a circumnavigation of London.

Day 8 route on Viewranger

UPDATE: I had been holding back my detailed information on the Oyster Wheel Days until I had the opportunity to re-ride them and check them for accuracy. However due to Coronavirus “shielding”, I will be unable to ride them for some months. I have therefore decided to publish the draft copies in case others get the chance to use them before me. The route card is a simple table of directions and distances, where the description is a book chapter with the same directions, but also detailed maps and a commentary on the route and places of interest.

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