White Down hill

whitedown-laneWhitedown is a popular climb West of Dorking and quite close to Box Hill and Leith Hill.

Start of Whitedown lane


As you leave A25 and head north the climb begins immediately, the first 200 meters is a gentle introduction – followed by a section of flat and then downhill. It is the last half a mile that the climb gets interesting.


The road increases in gradient and it takes you round a left hander then long right hander. At this point, the climb gets up to its maximum gradient of 18% and there is a tough unrelenting finish all the way to the top of Dunley Wood on the South Downs.


The road surface is rough and also quite narrow. If you meet a big 4WD car it can be a little awkward. It makes a pleasant venue for a hill climb. I visited in Feb 2015 – after the Redhill CC 18 mile time trial, the sun coming through the trees.


  • Location: Dorking, Surrey, South East
  • Distance: 1.2 miles
  • Average gradient: 6%
  • Maximum gradient: 18%
  • Height gain. 373ft / 115m
  • 100 climbs: #18
  • White Down, Strava
  • Everesting? – 77 * 2.4 miles = 185 miles

More photos of climb


It gets steep from here.whitedown-lane-4

Road is a little narrow towards the top.


The final crest.whitedown-lane-2

Looking back down the hill.

I took these photos in Feb 2015, after doing the Redhill 18 mile time trial nearby.



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