Inspiring Views

Inspiring Views on the North Downs Way

A successful crowdfunding campaign has allowed us to reveal a hidden view across the weald near to Newlands Corner. Through the generosity of local people and the support of the North Downs Way National Trail, this latest ‘Inspiring Views’ project will be delivered during Summer 2020. The Albury Estate will support the clearance work and Surrey Arts will enable the involvement of community groups bringing those who do not usually access the countryside a new experience. Artist Will Nash has been commissioned to create an artwork that he has developed especially for this location called the ‘Optohedron’. Created from weathering steel and packed with timber from the woodland, this piece will complement its surroundings. Concealed within the timber will be three spherical kaleidoscopes, each one will be orientated to view a different element of the place bringing an interactive element for people to enjoy.

With thanks to our generous supporters:

Tom Wanless, Sophie Power, Gordon Jackson, Sheila Nockold, Andrew Rubio, Catherine Rowlands, Lesley Hounslow, Martin Cantor, Pamela Laing, Laura Catchpole, Martina Watson, Sue Beckwith, Vikki Leedham, Luna Russell, Tony Earnshaw, Alex Poulter, Peter Slade, Patricia Beckwith, Perdita Hunt, Rob Fairbanks, June Robinson, Ann Johnstone, Roy Hogben, Helen Overell, Kathleen Churchley, Christine Hopkins, Judith Tabb, Susan Dragon, Karl Newman, Alistair Burtenshaw, Stephanie Wright, Robert Watson, Vicky Oldfield, Gary Scholes, Ali Clarke.

To view our other ‘Inspiring Views’ projects inspired by far-reaching views along the Greensand Way, see below:

Take a look at our video & get inspired to visit the artworks

Click here to see a map of where the artworks are located


All of the artworks respond to their location and incorporate seating providing a reason to visit, pause and appreciate the outstanding view. Each has been beautifully crafted, innovative in design and relevant to the sense of place.

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Five artists were commissioned to create unique pieces for each site.

Click here to find out more about each artist.


Poet John Wedgwood Clarke was commissioned as part of the Inspiring Views project to create poetry inspired by the views from the Greensand Way.

Click here to find out more & read the poems.


Sound artist and musician Graham Dowdall immersed himself in the landscape around the Inspiring Views sites.  He spent time walking, talking to people, recording sounds and gazing out at the views.

Click here to find out more and listen to his sound pieces.


The Inspiring Views artists involved the local community around each of the locations. A series of walks, talks, workshops and demonstrations took place providing an insight into the work of the artist, the geology of the environment and the outstanding landscape.

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For further information on the Inspiring Views project click here to contact the Programme Manager.