Countryside visitor information Autumn 2021
We welcome local visitors to Surrey's countryside but ask you to:
- Have a Plan B if your chosen site is too busy and the car park is full
- Take note of the Countryside Code
- #takeyourlitterhome #controlyourdogs #respectwildlife
All car parks are open at our countryside sites but it is important that residents and visitors still follow government advice. Please see the local COVID-19 alert levels advice on Gov.uk website.
Visitors with any concerns whilst on site can contact Surrey Police.
Surrey County Council owns more than 2,300 hectares (6,500 acres) of countryside available for quiet enjoyment. We have 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. We call this Surrey's Countryside Estate.
Visitor Information for our countryside sites
Our site information pages below will tell you the location of our sites and the facilities you will find there, plus what you can see and do. We will continue adding pages to this list, so check back regularly to find out more about the sites near you.
Our sites include:
- Chinthurst Hill, Wonersh
- Chobham Common
- Crooksbury Hill, Farnham
- Leith Hill – part of the Wotton Estate
- Improvements to Newlands Corner – part of the Albury Estate
- Visitor Information for Newlands Corner
- Norbury Park, between Leatherhead and Dorking
- Puttenham Common – part of the Hampton Estate
- Rodborough Common, between Milford and Thursley
- Sheepleas, above West and East Horsley
- Shere Woodlands
- Staffhurst Wood, south of Oxted
- St Martha's Hill, Chilworth
- Tilburstow Hill, Bletchingley
- White Downs, Abinger
- Whitmoor Group of Commons, between Worplesdon and Guildford
- Wisley and Ockham Commons
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.
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."
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.
Contact us by email:
If you are interested in running an event or activity on a site within our Countryside Estate contact:
Contact us by telephone:
Contact us by post:
Surrey County Council Countryside Estate Team,
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
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:
- It is for information only
- It remains only an interpretation of the Council's records and cannot be used in its place nor as a legal record.
- For enquiries regarding the exact extent of the Council's Countryside Estate, please contact us.
For further information and links to other OpenData released by Surrey County Council please click the following link: Surrey Open data.