Shere Woodlands, including West Hanger, Combe Bottom and Netley Plantation, are on the scarp slope of the North Downs, with outstanding views across the Weald to the south coast. The woodlands suffered badly in the 1987 storms, when many 250 year old beech trees fell. Today we see the benefit to biodiversity in the fallen trunks.
This area once formed part of the Bray Estate of Shere who used it to produce timber for their use and for Gomshall Tannery. Cattle were also grazed on the land.
This unspoilt area of mixed woodland and grassland has something special to offer the whole year round:
- Summer grasslands with wildflowers, butterflies and dragonflies
- Winter icicles on the trees and frosty scenery
- Spring-time displays of bluebells and the sound of birdsong
- Autumn's spectacular colour of beech trees
Please take care of our countryside and open spaces. Take note of the Countryside Code.
Shere Woodlands is owned and managed by Surrey County Council. We look after public access including general site management and litter bins, car park and visitor services including waymarked walking trails. Conservation and habitat management at the site is looked after by Surrey Wildlife Trust.
- The North Downs Way trail crosses West Hanger car park in both directions and is fairly flat but unsurfaced
- There are picnic benches in the car park where the coffee van is situated
- The nearest easy access route is at Francis Corner, Coombe Lane, Shere
- Free car park
- Visiting coffee van Allez Nutrition at West Hanger car park
- Picnic benches
- Self-guided walking routes
- Beautiful views across the Tillingbourne Valley and beyond to the Greensand Ridge
- The North Downs Way national trail runs through the area
- Varied walking and cycling trails
- Popular cycle routes up into the Surrey Hills
- Wildlife watching
- Areas of open space as well as paths through the woodland
- Dog walking - under effective control
- Family adventure and picnics
Nearest postcode for site, What3Words and O/S map reference
- West Hanger car park, GU5 9TD
Car park location
West Hanger car park, access off Staple Lane, East Clandon,GU5 9TD
Self-guided walking routes
There is a waymarked trail from the West Hanger car park, which is currently being upgraded and re-waymarked. Follow the colour coded routes on the information board in the car park and the waymarks en route.
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Environmental designations of Shere Woodlands and what they mean
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.
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.
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.
A 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.