Ash Ranges

© Surrey Wildlife Trust

Active military training area - No access when red flags flying/red beacons lit

An extensive area of stunning open dry heathland. Managed on behalf of the MOD.


Between Normandy and Pirbright

OS Map Reference

A static map of Ash Ranges

Know before you go

1392 hectares

Parking information

No car park

Grazing animals



Not suitable for wheelchair users or people with mobility issues


Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Access Not permissible when red flags are flying or red beacons are lit

Best time to visit

May to September

About the reserve

Please note: The Ash range danger area is closed  when the red flags/red lamps are displayed, or when access gates are locked and signage detailing site maintenance is installed. At all other times the Ash 'range danger area' is open to the public for access on foot.

An extensive area of open dry heathland owned by the MoD, Ash Ranges is a haven for numerous rare heathland plant, invertebrate and reptile species such as sundews and the green tiger beetle.

A large open area of heathland with gently rolling hills, the reserve is a spectacular site in late summer when the heather is in bloom.

Ash Ranges is also home to the rare heath tiger beetle which is only found in Surrey and Dorset. Heath Tiger Beetles require a dry heathland mosaic of bare sand, different heights of heather and scrub for food and shelter.

Please note that access to this site is subject to the terms and conditions of the Military Byelaws, which are displayed at all major access points.

Accessing Ash Ranges 

Contact us

Contact number: 01483 795440
Contact email:

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Protection Areas (SPA)

Location map

Only permissible when red flags are not flying - active military training area, please respect military training activity.