Located in the Surrey Hills above East and West Horsley, as its name suggests Sheepleas was historically a public site for the grazing of animals. A mixed site of woodland areas and chalk grassland landscape, with plenty of seasonal colour and many trails to wander.

Note that due to its hills and chalk pathways, the area is not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.

Please take care of our countryside and open spaces. Take note of the Countryside Code.

Sheepleas is owned and managed by Surrey County Council for public access including site management and litter bins, car park and visitor services including waymarked walking trails.

You will find information about how this site is managed for conservation and the wildlife it supports at Surrey Wildlife Trust.


  • Not easily accessible for wheelchairs or buggies
  • Start of the route from St Mary's car park is surfaced
  • Francis Corner easy access route at Combe Lane, Shere is nearby

Good for

  • Carpet of bluebells in the spring
  • Wildflower meadows provide natural summer colour
  • Varied walking trails - some of them hilly and slippery on the chalk surface
  • Woodland wandering, some ancient woodland and large variety of trees
  • Dog walking - under effective control
  • Family adventure and picnics
  • Great views towards London skyline from the Millennium Viewpoint


  • Picnic areas dotted around - some picnic benches available
  • 3 free car parks
  • Bus stop on A246 at St Mary's Church

Nearest postcode for site, What3Words and O/S map reference

KT24 6AP



Car park location

There are 3 car parks to use:

  • off A246 (by St Mary's Church) KT24 6AP
  • Shere Road KT24 6EP
  • Green Dene KT24 5TA

Self-guided walking routes

There are two waymarked trails at Sheepleas, which are currently being upgraded and re-waymarked. Follow the colour coded routes on the information boards in each car park and the waymarks en route.

The Horsley Woodland Trail goes through Sheepleas.


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Environmental designations of Sheepleas and what they mean

Ancient Woodlands are areas of persistent undisturbed woodland that have survived since 1600 in England, they are home to many species of plants, fungi and insects so of great benefit to biodiversity.

Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) covers a quarter of the county of Surrey. The AONB was designated for conservation due to its significant landscape value in 1958 and enjoys levels of protection from development.

Local Nature Reserve (LNR). These are special areas designated by Natural England as being a natural resource contributing to biodiversity. Local Nature Reserves must be looked after by the local authority in whose area they are located.

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) as they are commonly known, are formal designations of conservation. Sites must be kept in a healthy state to protect their special habitats and features.