A steep hillside reserve of mixed woodland with a picturesque folly at the summit offering excellent views. Managed on behalf of Surrey County Council.

Location

Between Shalford and Wonersh
Guildford
Surrey
Nearest postcode: GU5 0PR

OS Map Reference

TQ014458
A static map of Chinthurst Hill

Know before you go

Size
17 hectares

Parking information

Car park off B2128 Kings Road

Access

Not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility

Dogs

Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to October

About the reserve

First, as you walk gently up from the car park, you get the soothing effect of peaceful, open fields. Next, a shady canopy of broadleaved woodland, with fallen branches and stumps on the forest floor, promises a day of adventure for children of all ages.

When you reach the summit, your spirits are lifted by wonderful views from the base of an impressive stone folly. The tower was built in the late 1930s by Lord Inchcape and is now a listed building. Walk further along and you’ll see Chinthurst Hill House, designed by Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1895.

Then, of course, there is the wildlife. Birds include buzzards and sparrowhawks, red kites and wrens. Butterflies include brimstone, common blue, ringlet, small heath, speckled wood, meadow brown, orange tip and large white. And on the woodland floor, you’ll see wood anemone, wood sorrel, yellow archangel, wood forget-me-not, red campion, pig nut, common figwort, butcher’s broom, sheep sorrel, wild garlic and lady’s smock.

Good woodland management means you’ll find many different species of tree on the hill, including oak, sweet chestnut, hazel and rowan. There is a fine display of bluebells in the spring. Watch out for roe deer and, on a summer evening, bats hunting for insects on the wing.

Contact us

Contact number: 01483 795400
Contact email: info@surreywt.org.uk

Environmental designation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR)

Location map

Reserve Map

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