Surrey's Countryside Estate

Coronavirus: countryside car parks update Jan 2021

We have reopened car parks at all of our countryside sites, in line with the latest government guidance.

Residents and visitors can park for free, as car parking charges were removed on 1 April 2020. A voluntary donation scheme will be introduced at some point in the future.

It is important, however, that residents and visitors still follow government advice for the countryside area you are visiting and that you continue to maintain social distancing. Please see the local COVID-19 alert levels advice on Gov.uk website.

Residents with any concerns whilst on site can contact Surrey Police.

The cafes and toilets are now open at Ockham Common. The owners of the café at Newlands Corner have made the decision to close for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The toilets will remain open during the day, however the closing time at the end of the day may vary. We do apologise for any inconvenience.

Please note that Surrey Police will temporarily shut countryside car parks if they consider they are too busy for safe visitor numbers during the current lockdown (this happened at Newlands Corner in early January).

Surrey County Council owns more than 2,300 hectares (6,500 acres) of countryside available for quiet enjoyment. It has also entered into access agreements with private landowners, providing public access to a total of over 3,500 hectares (10,000 acres) of Surrey's beautiful countryside.

Sites include:

  • Chobham Common National Nature Reserve
  • Norbury Park (opposite Box Hill, between Leatherhead and Dorking)
  • Ockham, Wisley and Chatley Heath (just off the M25/A3 junction) with its Semaphore Tower
  • Newlands Corner (off the A25 just east of Guildford) with a Visitor Centre and fantastic views
  • Staffhurst Wood (just south of Oxted), a fine example of ancient woodland.

The above sites and others are managed jointly by the County Council and Surrey Wildlife Trust. The Council manage Visitor Services, which includes public access, car parks, site information and furniture such as benches, signs and litter bins. It also involves protecting the sites and keeping them clean and safe.

For information about accessibility for all on these and other sites in Surrey, please visit our Easy Walks page.

Surrey Wildlife Trust manage biodiversity and habitat management to ensure the protection and enhancement of the natural environment and species that live and visit our sites.

View a map of Surrey County Council's countryside estate

A strategy for Surrey's Countryside Estate

Our vision for the Estate is to:

"Give access to our countryside to support recreation, health and wellbeing now and in the future in a way that will enhance biodiversity, our landscape, and is financially self-sufficient."

Contact details

We prioritise all reports carefully and deal with immediate and significant safety issues first. At the present time, due to high numbers of reports, we are only able to deal with higher priority issues. Lower priority issues will still be recorded and if resources allow, staff or volunteers will investigate.

Emergencies

If you have an issue requiring immediate action on the Surrey County Council Countryside Estate contact either:

  • Surrey County Council during normal office hours on 0300 200 1003. Our Contact Centre will contact relevant staff immediately. If this is not possible or appropriate they will contact the Police.
  • If the issue is out of normal office hours and a Police matter, please report the issue to Surrey Police:
    • for emergencies such a serious crime or accident always dial 999
    • by phone on 101 or 01483 571212
    • for non-urgent minor crimes/incidents you can report online to Surrey Police

Contact us by telephone:

Contact us via our contact centre

Contact us by email:

countryside.estate@surreycc.gov.uk

Contact us by post:

Surrey County Council Countryside Estate Team,
Whitebeam Lodge,
Merrow Depot,
Merrow Lane,
Guildford,
Surrey,
GU4 7BQ

Data-set for Surrey's Countryside Estate

The file attached below contains data regarding the land managed as the Surrey County Council Countryside Estate. The following points should be noted when using and viewing the contents of this dataset:

  1. It is for information only
  2. It remains only an interpretation of the Council's records and cannot be used in its place nor as a legal record.
  3. For enquiries regarding the exact extent of the Council's Countryside Estate, please contact us.

Terms of Use

Data published here is free and open for use. There is no need to apply or ask for permission to download and use it. It is necessary however to comply with the terms of the Open Government Licence and OS OpenDataTM. Any use of the data must acknowledge this copyright and source by including the following attribution statement: 'This dataset contains data derived in part from Ordnance Survey data © Crown Copyright and database rights 2020'. By clicking on the download link below you are acknowledging and agreeing to the above terms of use:

I confirm that I agree to and abide by the terms of use outlined above and wish to download the file.

For further information and links to other OpenData released by Surrey County Council please click the following link: Surrey Open data.