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Crooksbury Hill

A woodland reserve with stunning views across southwest Surrey.

The view from the top of Crooksbury Hill is well worth the hike up to the summit! On a clear day there are stunning views over southwest Surrey and east Hampshire, across to the South Downs. Steep steps lead straight to the summit, or you could choose a more gentle path following the side of the hill.

The site has a mixture of woodland, open glades and heathland. The sandy soil suits a range of special plants, including heather and bilberry. This sand also makes for easy, mud-free walking.

The site has not always been wooded. Most of the trees are relative youngsters. The hill used to be part of Crooksbury Common – a large area of heathland. Local commoners collected wood and gorse for fuel, and grazed their animals. Then in 1848 the area was enclosed. Landowners fenced it, stopping the locals using it. Trees were planted on parts of the site. The patches of heather are the only remnants of how the hill once looked.

Soldier’s ring, on the northern side of the hill is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The hill fort’s age is debated. It may date from the late Bronze Age or early Iron Age. It could have been built later though, as an outlying defence of the 12th century Farnham Castle. It is now covered in trees, so it is difficult to see how commanding its views would have been.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Runfold Wood
1 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust
Thundry Meadows
2 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust
Seale Chalk Pit & Meadow
2 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Crooksbury Road
Farnham
Surrey
GU10 1RF
Map reference
SU 878 459
Great for...
historical interest
stunning views
Best time to visit
Jun - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
18.11 hectares
Walking information
The sandy soils make for easy, mud-free walking
Parking
Car parks off Crooksbury Road, Farnham
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Tel: 01483 795440
info@surreywt.org.uk