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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.

Shake off the winter blues...

Budding trees and new shoots - spring is around the corner

Budding trees and new shoots - spring is around the corner

...step out and look for the first signs of spring along our Octavia Hill trail.

Start your 50 things adventure

’50 Things’ 

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...

’50 Things’ 

  • Build a den
  • Run around in the rain
  • Make a trail with sticks
  • Climb a huge hill
  • Hunt for bugs
  • Catch a falling leaf

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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