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Dramatic and stunning chalk escarpment with panoramic views

With 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 vista looking towards the Tillingbourne Valley.

Walk the chalk with ranger Rob

Join us for a colourful spring walk (7 miles) along the North Downs. Stop for lunch (not included) at a local pub. Dogs welcome.

  • Friday 3 Apr 10-3pm
  • £10 per person
  • Booking essential 01372 220644

Take a spritely step into spring...

Now is the perfect time for walking on the hillside. Look out for signs of spring - budding trees and pretty yellow primroses. Why not follow our circular trail (2.2miles) with your friends and family?

Start at the Denbies Hllside car park and follow the signs...

Our giant butterfly sculpture

Giant butterflies emerge from the oak © Iain Hamilton Crafer

We’ve asked local artist, Iain Crafer, to create a sculpture depicting one of our rare butterflies – the iridescent, adonis blue. The sculpture will be on temporary display at Polesden Lacey over the next few months, where you’ll be able to see Iain finish the piece.

Meet our woodwork volunteers

Building a bridge at one of our let cottages © Rob Hewer

When you’re out and about on the hill you’ll come across many benches, signs and leaflet boxes. These were all made by our very talented and hardworking team of woodwork volunteers.

A hedge too far - 1 mile long

A successful day hedgelaying © Rob Hewer

Have you seen our amazing layed hedge? It’s about a mile long and was completed this winter by our volunteers. Look out for it near the railway line, at the foot of Denbies Hillside, from Westcott to Dorking...

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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