Harebell

© Bruce Shortland

A high area of open grassland on the North Downs with an abundance of chalk grassland flora and fauna and marvellous views of the high Weald. Managed on behalf of Surrey County Council.

Location

North of Abinger Hammer
Surrey
Nearest postcode: GU5 9NU

OS Map Reference

TQ 096 487
A static map of Hackhurst Downs

Know before you go

Size
40 hectares

Parking information

No car park - access on foot via North Downs Way or Gomshall station

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

May 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.

Contact us

Contact number: 01483 795440
Contact email: info@surreywt.org.uk

Environmental designation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
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