Byways Working Group

The damage caused by off-road vehicles is seen as a major threat to the Surrey Hills AONB. This includes damage done to historic boundary banks and conflict with other users. Many Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs) are very difficult to access and create a hostile environment for other users like, walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

The Byways Working Group has been established to consider the management and appraise the condition of BOATs in the Surrey Hills AONB and take pro-active management action to minimise damage by motorised vehicles.

The Working Group has produced a flyer with further information on reporting illegal off road activity. To download the flyer click here.

For a list of BOATs in Surrey please click here.

There is mounting concern about the damage being caused to the protected Surrey Hills landscape by an irresponsible minority of off-road drivers. Off-road enthusiasts, conservationists, landowners and the police have joined forces in a new working group to tackle the problem.

Hazel Watson

Hazel Watson
Chairman of the Byways Working Group.

Members of the Byways Working Group

Chairman – Cllr Hazel Watson
Surrey Hills Board and Mole Valley District Council.

Support Officer – Pennie King, Grants & Working Group Administrator.

  • Paul Redsell, National Trust
  • Mark Richards, National Trust
  • Surrey Wildlife Trust
  • George Chapman, Batcheller Monkhouse
  • Steve Mitchell, Surrey County Council
  • Geoff Caswell, Surrey & Hampshire Off Road Club
  • Brian Cohen, Trail Riders Fellowship
  • Gail Brownrigg, Horse Drawn Carriage Drivers
  • Stuart McLachlan, Capel Parish Council
  • Graham Butler, Chairman of Surrey Access Forum
  • Glen Boxall, Forestry Commission
  • Surrey Police
  • Caroline Price, Marketing Communications Officer, Surrey Hills Board

Meetings 2019

Meeting 11 February 2019

Meetings 2018

Meeting 8 October 2018
Meeting 2 July 2018
Meeting 12 February 2018

Meetings 2017

Meeting 6 February 2017

Meetings 2016

Meeting 1 February 2016
Meeting 9 May 2016
Meeting 12 September 2016

Meetings 2015

Meeting 7 September 2015
Meeting 13 May 2015
Meeting 26 January 2015

Meetings 2014

Meeting 27 October 2014

Meetings 2013

Meeting 9 September 2013
Meeting 25 March 2013

Meetings 2012

For further information on the Off Road Working Group, please contact Pennie King, Grants & Working Group Administrator on 01372 220 646 or email