Our Work

The work of the AONB Board is achieved through the Surrey Hills AONB Unit taking forward a range of initiatives that promote the special character of the Surrey Hills, establish partnerships, secure funding, ensure implementation and monitor effectiveness.

Working Groups


The Byways Working Group looks at ways of regulating and managing issues to do with Off Roading by motorised vehicles in the Surrey Hills as well as the condition of BOATs.


The Equestrian Working Group promotes the safe enjoyment of horse riding and carriage driving through a network of trails that help to benefit the rural economy in the Surrey Hills.

Mountain Biking

The Mountain Bike Working Group brings together landowners, access managers, users and businesses to look at all issues of off road cycling in the Surrey Hills.

Quiet Lanes & De-Cluttering

The Quiet Lanes and De-Cluttering Group informs on current thinking in traffic management and best practice in removing unnecessary signs to enhance the rural character of country lanes.


The Undergrounding Working Group focuses on removing the unsightly overhead cables from areas within the Surrey Hills and moving them underground.


Frontline Surrey Hills

The Frontline Surrey Hills project in partnership with the National Trust and funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund uncovered the military history associated with Reigate Fort.

Inspiring Views

The Inspiring Views project has been established to open up key lost viewpoints across the Surrey Hills AONB and install sculptured seating from which to enjoy the view.

Tillingbourne Tales

This Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) project focused on the unique industrial heritage of the Tillingbourne Valley. As well as research a series of walks have also been produced.

Board responses

Surrey Hills AONB response to the government Landscapes Review April 2022

The Surrey Hills AONB Board has welcomed the government’s commitment to take forward many of the recommendations in the Glover Landscapes Review. We are concerned however that greater resources are needed in order to match that ambition, particularly in Protected Areas like the Surrey Hills which face tremendous development and recreation pressures on our communities and wildlife. A copy of the AONB Board’s response to the Defra consultation can be found below.