Countryside visitor information Spring 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 as well as social distancing rules
- #staylocal #takeyourlitterhome #controlyourdogs #respectwildlife
All car parks are open at our countryside sites but it is important 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.
Visitors with any concerns whilst on site can contact Surrey Police.
The cafés and toilets are now open at Ockham Common and Newlands Corner. Temporary toilets are in place at Newlands Corner while essential work is carried out this spring and summer. The toilets will remain open during the day, however the closing time at the end of the day may vary. We 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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
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Surrey County Council Countryside Estate Team,
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.