Country Lanes in the Surrey Hills

The Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is one of 36 nationally protected landscapes in England, having equal landscape status and protection to a National Park. All public bodies have a 'statutory duty of regard' to protect and enhance the natural beauty of the Surrey Hills landscape.

A key landscape feature of the Surrey Hills is the network of winding, narrow, secluded lanes, often with high banks and hedgerows, connecting villages and hamlets. These lanes are often rich in history reflecting centuries of human use and still retain much of their traditional charm. At the bottom of this page you can download our leaflet that provides guidance on protecting and enhancing the rural character of these country lanes to ensure that they continue to contribute to the outstanding natural beauty and heritage of the area.

The leaflet has been prepared to help our transport services, contractors, parish councils and other parties involved in the management of country lanes. It is not intended to be a definitive design guide or a prescriptive set of rules, rather it offers some basic principles which should be considered in maintenance and improvement programmes. It also highlights examples of best practice from within the county of sensitive, low maintenance measures that help to protect and enhance the rural quality of country lanes.

Files available to download

  • Updated: 02 Feb 2015