White Down

White Down is an unspoilt spot high in the hills above Abinger which can also be accessed off the road to Ranmore Common. The site is an uphill climb from the car park past many areas of undisturbed woodland which show off their beautiful annual bluebell displays. White Down is hilly and muddy after rainfall and during winter months.

Walk further on and you will come to an open area of chalk grassland and the North Downs Way trail. The trail runs through Blatchford Downs, which is looked after by the National Trust.

There are many World War II pillboxes along this section of the hillside, with views to Surrey Hills villages below and beyond to the Greensand Ridge.

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

White Down is managed by Surrey County Council on behalf of the Wotton Estate who own the land. We manage public access including site management and litter bins, car park and visitor services such as self-guided walking trails. This site is managed for conservation by Surrey Wildlife Trust.


This site is not accessible to those with limited mobility due to its hilly location and muddy paths.

Good For

  • Getting away from it all in an unspoilt location
  • Large woodland site to explore and picnic
  • Great views from Blatchford and Hackhurst Downs
  • Dog walking - under effective control
  • Historic pillboxes on the chalk hillside
  • Seasonal colour, bluebells in springtime in the woodland
  • North Downs Way long distance trail


  • Large free car park on the hillside off White Down Lane
  • Self-guided trails through the woodland

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

  • GU5 6SL
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  • TQ 096 487

Car Park Location

Off White Down Lane, GU5 6SL

Self-guided walking routes

There is a waymarked trail from White Down that is being updated. Follow the colour coded routes on the information board and the waymarks en route. Here are some other routes to discover:


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Environmental designations of White Down and what they mean

The 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.