Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - AONB


The Surrey Hills stretches across a quarter of the county to include the chalk slopes of the North Downs, from Farnham in the west to Oxted in the east and extending south to the deeply wooded Greensand Hills which rise in Haslemere. This treasured landscape of beautiful countryside is rich in wildlife, woodland and attractive market towns and villages and provides some of the best walking in the whole of Southern England.

The Surrey Hills is a nationally important landscape and was one of the first areas in England to be designated an AONB back in 1958. This designation recognises the beauty of the landscape and ensures that it is properly conserved and managed for future generations to enjoy.

For more information visit the Surrey Hill Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty website

There is also a small section of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that sits in the south-west corner of Surrey. Covering an area of 1,450 square kilometres (560 sq mi), it extends across the counties of Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex and Kent. It is the fourth largest Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) in England and Wales. It is characterised by an attractive, small-scale landscape containing a mosaic of small farms and woodlands, historic parks, sunken lanes and ridge-top villages.

For more information visit the High Weald Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty website