Know before you go
Parking informationNo car park - access on foot via North Downs Way or Gomshall station
Public access managed by Surrey County Council, conservation managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust
Not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMay to September
About the reserve
Hackhurst Downs offers marvelous views of the high Weald and plenty of features for those interested in the history of the landscape.
Part of the North Downs, Hackhurst Downs consists of open grassland, scrub and 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. At times the site is grazed with goats - the perfect animal for the steep slopes.
Notable species of butterfly have been recorded including adonis blue, chalk hill blue, brown hairstreak, marbled white and silver spotted skipper.
The site is rich in chalk grassland flowers including wild basil, wild marjoram, hairy St. John’s wort, hedge bedstraw, vervain, harebell, smallscabious and mouse-ear hawkweed.
The site also contains the only sizeable population of juniper on the North Downs.