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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.

Holiday fun for the kids

50 Things: Pond dipping 

Discover the little monsters in our pond…

  • Tues 12 August
  • 10am – 12 noon
  • £5 per adult; £10 per child
  • Booking required - 01372 220644

Start your 50 things adventure

Create wild art in the garden and tick off one of your 50 things © National Trust

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...

How many of the 50 things can you do at Prior Park? © NTPL/National Trust

  • 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

Blue skies, butterflies and orchids

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…

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.

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.

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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