Quick guide and location map
Set high up in the Surrey Hills National Landscape above Chilworth village, this historic, well-known beauty spot has wonderful views, autumn colour and a variety of wildlife to discover. Please always follow the Countryside Code.
- Address and references: Halfpenny Lane, Guildford GU4 8PZ
OS grid reference: TQ028483
- Type of site: chalk grassland, woodland and heathland
- Accessibility: not suitable for wheelchairs, buggies and people with limited mobility due to the steep slopes.
- Facilities: no café, toilets or refreshments onsite.
- Nature to discover: birds, butterflies, mammals, reptiles.
- Dogs: please keep your dog under control.
- Size: 38 hectares (93 acres).
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An iconic high spot in the Surrey Hills above Chilworth village, St Martha's Hill is as well-known as its neighbour Newlands Corner and benefits from being near many other interesting places to visit.
St Martha's is a popular spot for walkers, horse-riders and cyclists, as well as visitors to this famous Norman (with Victorian additions) church that has the most amazing views to the Tillingbourne Valley and over eight southern counties. St Martha's is the only church to sit on the historic Pilgrim's Way and is reached by climbing the steep hill. Car parks are at the base of the hill.
Please take care of our countryside and open spaces by following the Countryside Code.
What you can do here
- Start of the Downs Link route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders
- Connect with the North Downs Way national trail
- Horse riding and cycling on bridleway paths
- Dog walking
- Picnic on the flat grassy area near Halfpenny Lane car park
- Picnic around the church grounds
- Historic church often open for quiet visits.
We are installing new signposting and checking routes at St Martha's Hill. Here are some existing routes to enjoy:
- Silent Pool and St Martha's self-guided trail starting at Silent Pool and following part of the North Downs Way
- Starting from Guildford Lane car park St Martha's Hill Walking Route (GPS Cycle and Walking Routes website)
- Part of the Tillingbourne Trails group of local walks starting from the Gunpowder Mills Chilworth Heritage Trail (Surrey Hills website).
What you can see here and when
- Outstanding views in a tranquil setting
- Historic pillboxes from World War II
- Late summer heather on heathland paths
- Autumn colour
- Nature to discover: many species of birds and some mammals, butterflies and reptiles. Browse the Surrey Wildlife Trust Wildlife Explorer to find out more about the wildlife that can be seen in Surrey.
- Due to steep hills either side of the church and no car park at the summit, this site is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.
- The two kilometre Heritage Walk (Guildford Borough Council website) at Chilworth Gunpowder Mills trail at the base of the hill is mainly accessible except in very muddy conditions.
- Two large free car parks on either side of the base of St Martha's Hill.
- Benches inside and outside churchyard.
- Chilworth station is a one mile walk from the southern base of the hill.
- Bus routes stop at Longfrey Farm at the southern base of St Martha's Hill.
There are two free car parks at the base of the hill
- Guildford Lane (GU5 9BQ)
- Halfpenny Lane (GU4 8PZ)
Around the area
- Chilworth Gunpowder Mills (Guildford Borough Council website) can be accessed using the Downs Link multi-access route which starts just below St Martha's Hill to the south, note the Downslink route is hilly and uneven at the St Martha's start.
- Chantry Woods, famed for its bluebells in spring.
- The Tillingbourne River (Surrey Hills website) flows for eleven miles from its source on Leith Hill through the Gunpowder Mills site, Chilworth, Albury, Shere and other Surrey Hills villages.
- Pewley Downs Local Nature Reserve, above Guildford town centre.
Site management, contact and designations
St Martha's Hill is managed by Surrey County Council on behalf of the Albury Estate who own the land. We look after public access including general site management, litter bins, car parks at the base of the hill and visitor services including signposted walking trails.
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Environmental designations of St Martha's and what they mean
Surrey Hills National Landscape, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covers a quarter of the county of Surrey. TheSurrey 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.
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is a formal designation of conservation. Sites must be kept in a healthy state to protect their special habitats and features.
Scheduled Ancient Monument is an historic site or building that is included in the national government Schedule of Monuments.
St Martha's church is a Grade II listed Historic Building.