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Hidden woodlands, lush green meadows, tranquil ponds and an ancient common

The Harewoods estate was created over a number of years by the Victorian London stockbroker, Alfred Howard Lloyd, and forms a large part of the countryside in and around the picturesque village of Outwood - take a look at the Outwood village website to find out more.

Harewoods is lovely countryside to explore on foot, and fairly flat too. The many footpaths and bridleways take you across working farmland, meadows, an ancient common and woodland.

In the spring, the woods are filled with colourful wild flowers, with spectacular displays of primroses, wood anemones and bluebells in Hornecourt Wood. Over 100 ponds can be found, ranging from large open ponds to marshes, where keen bird-watchers may spot snipe and woodcock.

Outwood Common was used by commoners for grazing and timber up until the mid 1800s and many ancient oak trees can still be seen today.

Join in the 2015 Great British Walk

Walk beneath golden trees

Walk beneath golden trees

Golden autumn is the perfect time for walking. Celebrate the Great British Walk with us, in partnership with Cotswold Outdoors.

Stroll, toddle or hike, there’s a walk just for you. Why not follow our self-guided trail through golden woodland and across open farmland?

Family woodland ranger day

Volunteers scrub clearing at Wicken Fen © Howard Cooper

Be a ranger for the afternoon and join in with some conservation work on the common – fun for all the family…

  • Sunday 20 September, 1.30-4pm
  • Free
  • Book to save a place 01372 220644

Start your 50 things adventure

50 things to do before youre 11¾ © National Trust

An outdoor adventure is always around the next tree or pond. And 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...

Knole park offers a thousand acres to do 50 things before you are 11 3/4 © Gabor Racz

  • climb a tree
  • build a den
  • hunt for creepy bugs
  • go bird watching
  • make a trail with sticks

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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