The Surrey Hills

Dominating Surrey, the Surrey Hills are simply spectacular and a well-deserved AONB covering most of the North Downs and Greensland Ridge. One of the most wooded of the country’s protected areas, there is also a huge diversity of landscape from hills and valleys, villages and market towns to sunken lanes and farms and chalky grassland and heathland.

Whether you love to walk or cycle, horse ride or run, you’ll not be short of fascinating paths, bridleways and beauty spots to explore. Check out The Surrey Hills website for more details here.

Particular hotspots are:

Box Hill

This well-known beauty spot boasts spectacular views, plenty of walks and a nature play trail for little ones. At the bottom of the hill you’ll find The Stepping Stones, a perfect spot to picnic by the River Mole.

Leith Hill Tower

The second highest point in the South East of England, climb 74 steps of the tower for spectacular views (you may even see the London Eye in good weather!).

Silent Pool

Beautiful and mysterious, this eerie expanse of water is surrounded by evergreen box trees and is a popular place to visit. Legend has it that a woodcutter’s daughter was pursued to the middle of the lake, causing her to drown, by Prince John.

The Tillingbourne

Running through the Surrey Hills, this lovely river was once a hive of activity – dating from the Domesday Book, there are have been mills dotted along the waterline supporting production of everything from gunpower and paper to corn. There are several walks that snake around the valley.

Waverley Abbey

Dating back to 1128, this ruined Cistercian abbey was the first of its kind in Britain. Today, it stands as a peaceful relic of the past where the impressive vaulted dining hall can still be seen. Waverley Abbey has also played backdrop to films such as ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Into the Woods’.

Hankley and Elstead Common

Vitally important to the diversity of Britain’s natural world, these two commons are some of the finest heathland in southern England and are extremely important for their bird, reptile and invertebrate population. It’s not surprising it’s a Site of Special Scientific Interest with grassland heath managed by conservation cattle grazing and a series of ponds with an estimated 1,000 toads!

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