Howell Hill

Howell Hill

© Louise Shorthose

Scabious at Howell Hill

© Louise Shorthose

Howell Hill

© Louise Shorthose

An area of chalk downland with old chalk spoil heaps that are rich in wildflowers. Managed on behalf of Surrey County Council.


Between Epsom and Ewell
Nearest postcode: SM2 7JA

OS Map Reference

A static map of Howell Hill

Know before you go

5 hectares

Parking information

No car park - Access on foot from footpaths off Cuddington Way and Northhey Avenue

Grazing animals



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

May to July

About the reserve

The chalk spoil heaps on Howell Hill were created in the 1960s when the adjoining school playing fields were levelled. The area was left unmanaged for many years, but now shows a great deal of variety for such a small site.

Some 260 kinds of flowering plants have been recorded, including large colonies of mouse-eared hawkweed and kidney vetch, bee, common spotted, fragrant, pyramidal and white helleborine orchids as well as two species of broomrape.

The area supports many anthills, which provide good feeding for green woodpeckers. A variety of insects and other invertebrates occur and there are more than 20 different kind of butterfly including green hairstreak and small blue.

Contact us

Contact number: 01483 795440
Contact email:

Environmental designation

Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI)

Location map

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