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Reigate Hill walk


Enjoy an exhilarating walk across Reigate Hill and learn how man has influenced the history on the hill.

Stroll through flower-sprinkled grasslands and tranquil shady woods

There are many places along the route to stop and enjoy the spectacular views across the Weald towards the South Downs.

Looking east from the top of Reigate Hill in Surrey to the South Downs
Glorious view over the South Downs from Reigate Hill in Surrey National Trust Images / John Miller


Map route for Reigate Hill walk
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Wray Lane car park, Reigate Hill, grid ref: TQ262523


From Wray Lane car park, walk west along the North Downs Way, crossing over the recently refurbished footbridge.

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Continue to follow the North Downs Way. On your left, you'll pass the entrance to Reigate Fort. Why not take a break and explore this military site?

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The main gates to Reigate Fort, Surrey
Step back in time on a visit to Reigate Fort in Surrey National Trust/ Andrew Butler


The open area of mowed grass to your left is where a US Flying Fortress crashed into Reigate Hill on 19 March 1945.

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As you pass through the wooden gate, you'll see the Inglis Memorial to your left. This is the first opportunity to experience the spectacular views towards Box Hill and Leith Hill in the West, and the South Downs in the South. Continue to follow the North Downs Way along the top of the hill. Keep an eye out for our Belted Galloway cattle that manage the chalk downland by grazing the unwanted scrub.

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Pass through the wooden gate and continue to follow the North Downs Way until you come to a T-junction with three metal posts. Turn left onto the tarmac track and continue to follow the North Downs Way.


As you walk along the track, you'll see a large white cast-iron post to your left, this is a Coal Tax post. Pass through the metal posts and head downhill, continuing along the North Downs Way. Caution: steep descent.

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At the bottom of the hill, you'll come to a crossroad with a fingerpost. Turn left through the wooden barrier and follow the footpath through the yew woodland. As you leave the woodland, you'll see open chalk downland to your left. This area has recently been cleared of mature scrub that was invading the special grassland habitat. Continue to follow the path along the edge of the downland. You'll come to waymarker post with a North Downs Ridge marker on it. Follow the arrow and go down the wooden steps.


At the end of the large bowl area, continue to follow the yellow waymarker arrow. At the waymarker post, stop and turn to your right - behind you is a deep depression. There used to be an entrance here to one of the many mines in Reigate Hill. The mines were dug to extract hearthstone. This was processed outside the mine entrance into small blocks, similar in size to a bar of soap. The stone was used to whiten the front door steps of people's homes.


At the Y-junction, take the left fork and continue to follow the yellow arrow. You'll see a National Trust Omega sign to your right, pass this and continue along under Park Road. Caution watch out for vehicles. Please put dogs on leads.


As the road bends to the right, turn left onto the unsurfaced track. Then almost straight away, turn sharp left and follow the blue arrow for the Millennium trail, leading up the hill.


Halfway up the hill you'll see the Simpson Memorial. Why not stop for a rest? There's a bench just off the path on the left. On a clear day, views looking towards Box Hill and Leith Hill are spectacular.

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Pass through the wooden gate and turn right up the steps. At the top you'll find yourself back at the Inglis Memorial, turn right through the wooden gate and follow the North Downs Way back to Wray Lane car park.


Wray Lane car park, Reigate Hill, grid ref: TQ262523

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Most of the walk is on good quality, fairly level, surfaced paths. The route has a steep descent (good quality, surfaced path) and ascent on a natural chalk path. The route is not suitable for pushchairs as there steps on part of the trail.

Dogs are welcome. Please keep them on leads when livestock are grazing.

Reigate Hill walk

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Reigate Hill walk

How to get here

Reigate Hill, Wray Lane, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 0HX
By train

Reigate station, 1 mile (1.6km).

By road

Exit M25 at J8 and take A217 south. Within 0.25 miles the road forks; take the left fork, turn right and immediately left into Wray Lane car park.

By foot

Comprehensive network of rights of way, including the North Downs National Trail.

By bus

Metro Bus 460, Redhill to Epsom, daily except Sunday, alight Reigate Hill. Metro Bus 420, Redhill to Sutton, Monday to Saturday, alight Reigate Hill.

By bicycle

Surrey Cycleway runs along the outskirts of Reigate, a few miles from the Fort. National Cycle Network Route 21 also runs close to the Fort.

Reigate Hill walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome, please keep them on leads when livestock are grazing
  • Toilet (open from 9am-5pm) located at the Wray Lane car park