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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.
The warmer days bring out our colourful butterflies and orchids. This is a lovely time of year to visit and see the hillside at perhaps its best. Enjoy our wide open views looking south towards Leith Hill and our secluded woodlands.
Don't forget to bring a picnic too…
Start your 50 things adventure
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...
- 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
Download the 50 things app
Complete your adventures this summer with our brand new companion app, helping little explorers tick off their 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ this summer.
Meet our woodwork volunteers
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.