2018 marked the 60th anniversary of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) designation. To celebrate this we created 6 anniversary ideas for days out by rail & bus, letting you experience the very best the Surrey Hills has to offer.
Box Hill is well worth a visit with spectacular views, lots of walking opportunities and great places nearby to sample local food & drink.
The Devil’s Punch Bowl has the most spectacular views and wonderful walking opportunities across open heathland and through shady woodland.
Frensham Great Pond is a delight. One of two ponds, nestled amongst the heathland in a vast and beautiful landsape. It’s the perfect place to picnic with its very own sandy beach!
You’ll feel on top of the world at Leith Hill, the second highest point in South East England. There’s a whole host of wonderful walking trails to follow and plenty of picnic sites.
Newlands Corner commands some of the best views over the Surrey Hills and is a great place to start a walk with plenty of woodlands to explore. From here you can pick up the North Downs Way National Trail, this 153 mile trail from Farnham to Dover offers spectacular views and a fascinating heritage.
It’s easy to get here too. Simply catch the South Western Railway service to Guildford (there is a 9 mile walk from Guildford station to St Martha’s hill via Newlands Corner), or the Great Western service to Chilworth (there is an 8.5mile walk from Chilworth station to Newlands Corner). Or hop on Compass Travel bus route 23 or 25 (from Friary bus staion).
It’s easy to get here too. Simply catch the Southern service to Reigate (From Reigate train station walk up the hill for about 1 mile along a pavement beside the A217 road. Cross the road via the footbridge to Reigate Hill). Or hop on Metrobus routes 420 and 460 (Gatton Bottom stop). Click here to view map of how to get to Reigate Hill from bus stop.