Octavia Hill walk from Hydon's Ball and Heath
Salts Lane, Godalming, GU8 4BBRoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
Enjoy a short exhilarating circular walk through cool shady woodland and across open heathland; a perfect walk for energetic exploring families. Hydon's Ball is within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a memorial to one of our co-founders, Octavia Hill, who died in 1912.
- Bus stop
Start: Hydon's Ball and Heath car park OS map reference SU979402
From the car park, near the notice board, follow the Octavia Hill sign down a narrow wooded path.
Our trail is easy to follow with clear signs along the way. Kids will have fun looking out for them and helping mum and dad to find the way...
Continue walking through the woods lined with pine and sweet chestnut trees.
Whilst walking along don't forget to look up and see what's happening above - see how tall our pine trees are.
Wander along the path and enjoy the peace and quiet of the woods. Listen out for the creatures that live here...
If you're quick you may see and hear grey squirrels scampering to and fro with the odd chestnut or two. There're many sweet chestnuts husks on the woodland floor and pine cones too.
The trees begin to thin out and on your left there're open fields. Turn right and begin climbing up the hill (fairly steep).
Stop and enjoy a break perched on our bench. Now for the climb - the view is worth it...
You've reached the top, one of the highest points in Surrey, and can now enjoy the wonderful views looking south towards Black Down and the South Downs (this is about 20mins walk from the start of the trail).
Take a moment to read our information board and find out more about Hydon's Ball and Heath.
At the top too is a stone seat memorial to one of our co-founders, Octavia Hill, who died in 1912.
Hydon's Ball and Heath was bought in 1915-26 in memory of the social reformer Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the National Trust. A friend Harriot Yorke, and her sister Emily purchased and secured the land until the Octavia Hill Memorial Committee was formed.
Following the waymarkers and head down hill until you reach the Robertson Memorial.
Part of Hydon's Ball and Heath was given to us in 1959 by the W A Robertson Memorial Fund. William Alexander Robertson lost his two younger brothers in the First World War and when he died in 1937 he left a bequest for us to commemorate them. In accordance with his wishes this memorial was erected.
Continue down the marked path, along the fence (uneven path), and then turn right back through the woods and onto the car park.
We hope that you've enjoyed this lovely walk. Why not explore further afield and walk at our nearby countryside properties - Witley and Milford Commons or Hindhead Common and the Devil's Punch Bowl?
End: Hydon's Ball and Heath car park OS map reference SU979402
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Easy
- Distance: 1.5 miles
- Time: 1 hour
- OS Map: Landranger 186; Explorer 145
Moderate terrain with some steep slopes, uneven surfaces and can be muddy in places.
- How to get here:
By foot: Comprehensive network of rights of way - walk from the Hydestile crossroad down Salt Lane
By bike: See by car
By train: Godalming station (3 miles)
By bus: Stagecoach 503, Hambledon–Guildford to the Hydstile crossroads
By car: Take B2130 (Brighton Road) from Godalming and head south; at Busbridge turn right onto the Hambledon Road and then right down Clock Barn Lane and onto Salts Lane
- Telephone: 01428 681050
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hydons-ball-and-heath/