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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.
Golden autumn is the perfect time for walking. Celebrate the Great British Walk with us, in partnership with Cotswold Outdoors, and walk, hike or scamper along our paths. Some paths maybe muddy at this time of year.
Why not follow our Octavia Hill trail?
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