Newlands Corner visitor information

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Quick guide and location map

In the heart of the Surrey Hills National Landscape, near Guildford, this beauty spot has something for everyone all year round. Please always follow the Countryside Code.

Quick guide

  • Address and references: Albury Downs, Guildford, Surrey GU4 8SE
    What3Words: just.renew.assure
    Location grid reference: TQ044493
  • Type of site: ancient woodland, chalk downland and views
  • Accessibility: easy access trail, accessible benches and accessible toilets
  • Facilities: toilets, cafe and Discovery Centre open 9am to 4pm (weather dependent)
  • Nature to discover: birds, reptiles, butterflies. Bluebells in spring
  • Dogs: please keep your dog under control
  • Size: 103 hectares (250 acres)

Location map

On the map below, use the plus symbol to zoom in to see the locations of the site's facilities, including the café, toilets and car parks. Zoom out using the minus symbol to view where the site is situated in Surrey, and to find other countryside sites nearby. The home symbol resets the map to the default setting.

The Newlands Corner site stretches from White Lane across the Albury Downs and has two cafés with toilets, one near the Discovery Centre and viewpoint, with the What3Words reference: dared.brief.acute, and the other café on the opposite side of the Shere Road, with the What3Words reference: game.tells.cared. There are many footpaths, including from the two free car parks:

  • Albury Downs main car park, GU4 8SE
  • White Lane car park, GU5 9BQ.

Site details

Description

This Surrey flagship site has been a well-known and much-loved space for public use for many years situated above Chilworth and Albury villages outside Guildford. It is right in the heart of the Surrey Hills National Landscape, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with many viewpoints and benches, facilities, large areas of woodland, some of them ancient, and chalk downland on the lower grassy slopes.

Please take care of our countryside and open spaces by following the Countryside Code.


What you can do here

  • Varied walking and cycling trails
  • Wildlife watching
  • Multiple viewpoints
  • Natural play on a woodland trail
  • Enjoy large areas of open space
  • Dog walking - under effective control
  • Family adventure and picnics
  • Long distance walks to Silent Pool to the east and St Martha's Hill and Norman church to the west

Self-guided walking routes

There are two trails with signposts to guide you at Newlands Corner, and they are known as the Deer trail and the Dormouse trail.

Most of the Dormouse trail is wheelchair/buggy accessible, but not the section that goes to the viewpoint. Follow the colour coded routes on the information boards in each car park and the signposts along the way.

Silent Pool and St Martha's self-guided trail starts nearby and goes through Newlands Corner. This is the same route as the Deer trail which starts at Newlands Corner.


What you can see here and when

  • At any time of year enjoy multiple viewpoints all around Newlands Corner with picnic benches and seats
  • Great views to the Tillingbourne Valley and beyond to the Greensand Ridge and the South Downs
  • Bluebells in spring and glorious autumn colours
  • North Downs Way National Trail runs right through Newlands
  • Nature to discover: an abundance of birds and some mammals can be seen throughout the year. Butterflies can also be spotted on sunny days in late spring and throughout the summer. Browse the Surrey Wildlife Trust Wildlife Explorer to find out more about the wildlife that can be seen in Surrey

Accessibility

  • Accessible parking spaces in car park
  • Accessible picnic benches
  • Accessible toilet facilities opened with a RADAR key
  • Easy access trail from the Discovery Centre, this is the first part of the Dormouse trail which starts behind the toilet block
  • There are many public footpaths and bridleways available, but some of them are steep and sometimes slippery on the chalk surface

Facilities

  • Large free car park
  • Café with a serving hatch offers food, drinks and ice cream, open 9am to 4pm (weather dependent)
  • Toilets are open during the café's opening hours, from 9am to 4pm, but the disabled toilet is available outside of these hours with a RADAR key
  • Many picnic benches around the Discovery Centre and there are memorial seats located at the many viewpoints
  • Natural play trail
  • The Discovery Centre provides inter-active information on Surrey's countryside with videos, graphic walls and website access. This is open when the cafe is open
  • Permanent Orienteering course run by Guildford Orienteers
  • Bus route 25 from Guildford every 90-120 minutes approximately
  • Plucky Pheasant café is opposite the entrance

Site management, contact and designations

Site management

We manage Newlands Corner on behalf of the Albury Estate who own the land. We look after public access including the Discovery Centre, general site management and litter bins, large car park and visitor services including waymarked walking trails. Find out about Improvements to Newlands Corner.


Contact

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If you need to contact us about any issues at Newlands Corner, please use one of the options below:


Environmental designations of Newlands Corner and what they mean

Surrey Hills National Landscape, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covers a quarter of the county of Surrey. The Surrey Hills AONB was created in 1958 for conservation due to its significant landscape value and enjoys levels of protection from development. Find out more about the Surrey Hills.

Ancient Woodlands are areas of persistent undisturbed woodland that have survived since 1600 in England, they are home to many species of plants, fungi and insects so of great benefit to biodiversity.