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, cafés and more.
  • Nature to discover: birds, reptiles, butterflies. Bluebells in spring.
  • Dogs: please keep your dog under control.
  • Size: 103 hectares (250 acres).

Location map

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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 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
  • 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.


What you can see here and when

  • 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
  • Easy access trail from the Discovery Centre.
  • 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
  • Toilets
  • Many picnic benches around the Discovery Centre and there are memorial seats throughout the site
  • Natural play trail
  • The Discovery Centre provide information on what Surrey's countryside has to offer
  • Permanent Orienteering course run by Guildford Orienteers
  • Bus route 25 from Guildford every 90-120 minutes approximately
  • Plucky Pheasant café is opposite the entrance.

Car park location

There are two free car parks to use:

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

Site management, contact and designations

Site management

Newlands Corner is managed by Surrey County Council 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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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.