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Dramatic and stunning chalk escarpment with panoramic views

With amazing views towards Leith Hill, the highest point in south east England, Denbies Hillside is a great spot for wildlife-watching.

Named after John Denby, a 17th-century farmer, the hillside is home to a great variety of plants and animals, including Adonis Blue and Chalkhill Blue butterflies.

The chalk downland at White Down offers yet more spectacular views. It also hides several Second World War pill boxes, built to defend against a Nazi invasion.

To the west of Denbies Hillside is Hackhurst Downs, where you can savour the fantastic vista looking towards the Tillingbourne Valley.

Join ranger, Amanda, on 13 April...

’Little dinosaurs’ on the hill © Amanda McCormick

…on a wild adventure in search of the scaly dinosaur-like creatures that live on our hill. Everyone is welcome – be brave and come along...

Step out this spring on our hillside

Where are we? © Paul Harris

Enjoy our open views looking south towards Leith Hill and our secluded peaceful woods. Why not follow our self-guided trail and pick up a few interesting snippets along the way?

Meet and greet our visitors

Meet our visitors © John Millar

Want to share your love of our beautiful countryside? We’re looking for volunteers to help us welcome hundreds of visitors each year. Drop us an email, we’d love to hear from you.

Start your 50 things adventure

’50 Things’ 

An outdoor adventure is always around the next tree or hedge. Our list of 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ will set you on your own adventure here.

Try one or two of our adventures...

’50 Things’ 

  • Roll down our big hill
  • Make a trail with sticks
  • Walk barefoot on our springy grass
  • Make a grass trumpet
  • Hunt for bugs
  • Go bird watching

Stay at Henman bunkhouse

Enjoy a short break at nearby Leith Hill’s Henman bunkhouse. Set in spectacular countryside the Henman bunkhouse provides accommodation for groups of volunteers or friends and families. Get back to basics in this chalet-style building...

Our Surrey Hills

Just south of London, the beautiful Surrey Hills stretch from the Kent border in the east to the Hampshire border in the west. Tranquillity and wonderful open spaces just waiting to be discovered.

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