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Hackhurst Downs

Open grassland areas with some mature woodland.

This area of the North Downs consists of open grassland areas with associated scrub areas and some mature woodland. The top of the downs and the dip slope include beech woodland and forestry plantations.

Hackhurst Downs has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and as a Local Nature Reserve, due to its abundance of chalk grassland fauna and flora.

Diverse old woodland occurs on the forest soils on the ridge and chalk grassland remnants survive on the south facing slopes. This site also offers marvellous views of the high weald and plenty of features for those interested in the history of the landscape.

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Nearby nature reserves

Colekitchen Down
1 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust
White Downs
1 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust
Shere Woodlands (inc. West Hanger, Combe Bottom & Netley Plantation)
2 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Beggars Lane
Map reference
TQ 096 487
Great for...
spring flowers
stunning views
Best time to visit
Jun - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times
40.02 hectares
Walking information
Access via foot via North Downs Way or Gomshall station. A self-guided trail leaflet is available to download
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Tel: 01483 795440


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