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Memorial to Octavia Hill overlooking the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Hydon's Ball is one of our earliest acquisitions and is a memorial to one of our co-founders, Octavia Hill, who died in 1912. It’s one of the highest points in Surrey and the steep, wooded, south-facing slope commands magnificent views across the surrounding countryside towards the Sussex border.
Enjoy lovely walks across the peaceful heath and woodland, which is a wonderful mix of many trees including oaks and chestnuts, with a surprise of non-native shrubs planted by the British garden designer, writer, and artist, Gertrude Jekyll.
Hydon's Ball and Heath is also a haven for wildlife - Nightingales can be heard in the spring and siskin and brambling visit the common in winter.
Cool days - rosy cheeks and pink noses... Wrap up warm and enjoy and a family adventure along our trail - run between tall trees, crunch along frosty paths or collect a few sweet chestnuts. Why not bring your four legged friend too, there’re lots of sticks to play with.
Start your 50 things adventure
An outdoor adventure is always around the next tree or bush. And our list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ will set you on your own adventure here.
Try one or two of our adventures...
- Build a den
- Run around in the rain
- Make a trail with sticks
- Climb a huge hill
- Hunt for bugs
- Catch a falling leaf