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A wonderful mix of open heathland, woodland and chalk downland

Headley Heath has a wide network of tracks to explore, and stunning views to rival any of its neighbours - the perfect place to enjoy the countryside, whether walking, cycling or horseriding.

The Heath is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its rich, varied, and sometimes rare, wildlife, made up of a wonderful mosaic of open heath, chalk downland slopes and mixed woodland.

There's always something new to see, from fragrant, bright yellow gorse and breathtaking purple heathers, to deer, badgers and dragonflies.

During the warmer months Headley Heath is alive with bird song from rare birds like stonechats, linnets, meadow pipits and woodlarks.

Let the kids lead the way

Step out this summer with your family or friends and follow the orange-tipped posts on our Lizard trail (start at the main car park).

At a gentle pace you’ll be on the go for around an hour - kids will have fun helping mum and dad to find the way...

Start your 50 things adventure

 © 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...

’50 Things’ © National Trust

  • Build a den
  • Make a trail with sticks
  • Create some wild art
  • Track wild animals
  • Go on a nature walk a night
  • Go bird watching

Military history on the heath

During the Second World War, Headley was used by the Canadian Army as a training ground. Engineers learnt to build trench systems, gun emplacements, roads and even a runway.

Know more about this? Then we'd love to hear from you...

Our beautiful Surrey Hills

Just south of London, the 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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Find out more about the Surrey Hills by following us on Facebook - news, projects, wildlife and trivia too...

Headley is on Facebook too

Visit our new Facebook page and find out what our rangers are up to. Catch up with all our news…