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The Surrey Hills celebrate

Published: 31 May 2018

60 years of being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Did you know the Surrey Hills was one of the first landscapes in the country to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1958? It's now one of the 38 AONBs in England and Wales stretching across rural Surrey, from Farnham in the west to Oxted in the east it covers a quarter of the county and features spectacular scenery and an abundance of wildlife.

Artists celebrate the Surrey Hills

Surrey based artist Louise Dunckley has created 6 limited edition prints of the Surrey Hills for sale in support of the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. The vintage style illustrations will also be used as posters at several railway stations including South Western Railway, Great Western Railway and Southern Railway stations. So look out for the posters around Surrey as you travel about.

Experience the Surrey Hills for yourself

If you're looking for the best way to get out and discover the Surrey Hills, here is a compilation of 60 places to see in the Surrey Hills. The selection includes some well-known sites to some lesser known locations including the Tillingbourne Waterfall, Wilberforce Memorial and Atlantic Wall.

Ever wondered about the legend of Silent Pool? The military history associated with Reigate Fort? And why Wanborough Great Barn is the oldest and most important wooden building in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire? Head to the Surrey Hills and you'll find out and you'll also discover suggested walks nearby and lots of other interesting things to do in the area.

The Surrey Hills Society have produced a 60th Anniversary booklet "The Surrey Hills AONB – 60 Years of Landscape Change" which includes the history of the Surrey Hills, how the AONB came to be and the benefits it brings to the community.

For more information on the 60th anniversary of the Surrey Hills AONB or to plan your day out head to the Surrey Hills AONB website.

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