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Betchworth Quarry & Lime Kilns

A chalk grassland reserve rich in wild flowers.

Betchworth Quarry is within the Mole Gap to Reigate Escarpment Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC). It is set within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and part of the North Downs.

Rich in flowers such as horseshoe vetch (a plant needed for the chalkhill blue butterfly) and several types of orchids, this chalk grassland reserve is best visited during the summer months.

A yew and broad-leaved woodland can also be found around the edge of this former chalk quarry.


Brockham and Betchworth Limeworks Restoration Project


The Brockham and Betchworth Limeworks Restoration Project has recently been established. The aim of the Project is to reveal, consolidate
and preserve lime kiln structures so they are effectively managed for future generations, conserve and enhance habitat within the kilns for a
range of bat species and improve visitor access and interpretation facilities.


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Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

1 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust
Fraser Down
1 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust
Brockham Limeworks
1 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust

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Map reference
TQ 208 518
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27.15 hectares
Walking information
Access via foot by North Downs Way via The Coombe, Betchworth
Dogs allowed
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Tel: 01483 795440