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Spectacular escarpment with sweeping views across the Weald

This stretch of the North Downs is good walking country with flower-sprinkled grasslands and quiet shady woods. A lovely spot too for family picnics and games.

Sitting proud at the top of the Hill is the 19th-century Reigate Fort. The fort commands a historic defensive position looking out over the weald towards the South Downs.

The chalk downland is home to many rare wild flowers and insects, including the vibrant Adonis Blue butterfly.

To the east Gatton Park nestles serenely into the North Downs. The lush pastures, mighty trees and sparkling lakes, designed by Lancelot Capability Brown, are stunning.

Reigate Hill and Gatton Park is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

 

Belted Galloway cattle

Keep an eye on our cattle and sheep

Belted Galloway cattle, with their distinctive white bellies and gentle, kind faces, graze on top of Reigate Hill. Please keep your dogs under close control when walking near them.

Email our ranger Mark with any questions or for more information.

Take a walk to Reigate Fort

Reigate Fort was built in 1898 when Britain feared an attack likely by the French. The fort, one of thirteen built along the North Downs was constructed as a "mobilisation centre" and would have stored ammunition and weapons.

Front Line Surrey Hills

Front Line Surrey Hills logo © Level Partnership Ltd

We're working with the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team on a Heritage Lottery Funded project called Front Line Surrey Hills to discover more about the military history of Reigate Hill.
 


 

B-17 (Flying Fortress) memorial on Reiga...

A B17G bomber in flight - sadly this aircraft crashed into Reigate Hill  © 384thbombgroup.com

A clearing in the trees at Reigate Hill marks the spot where an American B-17 (Flying Fortress) crashed in March 1945. A memorial to the nine crew who lost their lives was placed here by the Reigate Society.

Do you know what this building is?

Unknown military structure at Reigate © National Trust

We've carried out some investigations on this site but still don't know the age and use of this building, which is about 200m west of Reigate Fort.

Can you help? Please email us.

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