Betchworth Quarry & Lime Kilns

Early purple orchids

© Paul Lane

Betchworth Quarry & Lime Kilns

A former quarry, this chalk grassland reserve is rich in wild flowers.


The Coombe
Nearest postcode: RH3 7BU

OS Map Reference

A static map of Betchworth Quarry & Lime Kilns

Know before you go

27 hectares

Parking information

No car park - access on foot via North Downs Way via The Coombe, Betchworth


Not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility


Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit


About the reserve

Betchworth Quarry is a stunning chalk downland site set within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and part of the North Downs.

Rich in flowers such as horseshoe vetch (the food plant for 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.

Contact us

Contact number: 01483 795440
Contact email:

Environmental designation

Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)

Location map