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The Surrey Hills

The Surrey Hills offers some of the most beautiful and accessible countryside in the south east. You’ll also find an extensive footpath network, open commons, stunning views, attractive market towns, villages and much more. The Surrey Hills truly offers some of the finest walking in the South East of England. If you want to go for a walk in the Surrey Hills try a walking route or use one of our maps; this will provide you with a walking route and further information.

The Box Hill Cycling Circuit

The Box Hill cycling route is an excellent way to enjoy the countryside of the Surrey Hills. The route offers outstanding views over Dorking and the surrounding area. It’s a great ride for cyclists of all abilities. Follow in the footsteps of Bradley Wiggins on a picturesque section of the Olympic Cycle route. You're also not far from London if you want to cycle into the capital, but do be careful!

North Downs Way National Trail

The North Downs Way National Trail provides walkers with 153 miles of stunning scenery, picturesque villages and beautiful rolling countryside. But you would expect nothing less from a route that passes through both the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). Short sections are accessible to horseriders and cyclists too.

There is always something new to discover on the North Downs Way. The route possesses a wealth of wildlife, history, landscapes, attractions, villages and towns all waiting to be found.

With excellent public transport links to the trail (it is easily accessible by train from London) and a wide choice of accommodation along the route there is much opportunity to discover the North Downs Way whether on a day trip or a walking holiday.

Surrey Hills Woodland

The Surrey Hills is one of the most wooded Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with almost 40% woodland cover. Woodland is perhaps now the defining feature of the Surrey Hills landscape.

Walk in the beautiful county of Surrey

Find out about all the best walks in this fine county

Greensand Way

The Greensand Way follows the ridge of greensand rock across Surrey and Kent, to the edges of Romney Marsh and almost to the Kent coast. The Way earns its name from the layers of sandstone in each of which is found the green coloured mineral glauconite. The greensand ridge runs broadly parallel to and south of the North Downs ridge.

It traverses the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Excellent views can be obtained of the North Downs and across to the Weald to the South. Although much of the route cuts through quiet and almost cut-off areas, there are links to towns offering opportunities for accommodation and refreshment. Much of the walk can be reached via public transport.

Devil’s Punch Bowl

In Surrey the Way passes the Devil’s Punch Bowl and crosses Hascombe Hill and Winterfold Heath then passes through the main Surrey tops of Pitch, Holmbury and Leith Hills, before dropping north to Dorking. In Kent it traverses Toys and Ide Hills, descends to Sevenoaks Weald and crosses the Medway Valley to Yalding.

Heathland is an important component in the Surrey Hills landscape, covering some 18% of the AONB as heaths and commons. Considerable areas of heathland can be found in south-west Surrey at Thursley, Frensham and Hindhead, and unusually at Headley on acid soil overlying chalk. Heathland also remains in numerous small pockets, as at the Hurtwood, Leith Hill, Blackheath and Crooksbury. These heathlands are one of Europe’s most important and threatened habitats which is mirrored in the designation of Thursley as a National Nature Reserve.

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