Abinger Roughs rhododendron and bluebell walk

Walking trail

This gentle stroll is a walk to be savoured, enjoying the delights as the woods come to life in spring. Abinger Roughs is known for its rhododendron ramble and the bluebells, and is also a wonderful place to listen out for songbirds birds in the spring and early summer.


Map for the Abinger roughs Rhodo and Bluebell walk


Abinger Roughs car park TQ110480


From the car park take the path through the fence at the opposite end of the car park from the road. You'll walk through some open woodland with some beautiful beech trees - their leaves in spring are a wonderful fresh green colour. Continue to follow the main path through grass. Some 300 yards from the start you will see some magnificent old beech trees on your left hand side. Look out for the Witches Broom tree. Just past here you will go down a small slope and meet a track crossing your path.

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Veteran trees are very old


Following the sandy track you’ll see our 200 year old Scots and Corsican pine trees. We manage this area so that the best specimens grow strongest and tallest.

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Woodland Abinger Roughs Surrey


The Rhody Ramble sign points to the entrance into the rhododendron wood - a fantastic place for hide and seek. These rhododendrons were planted in the 19th century by Thomas Farrer of Abinger Hall. Over time they have become somewhat overgrown. From the Rhody Ramble sign, continue your walk along the main path so you can also see the bluebells. The path will come out in a wide open area.

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Explore the Rhody Ramble route


You have reached the open glade. To your left, over the greensand ridge, rises the Hurtwood (an area of heath and forest). Continue to the edge of the glade and a junction of paths. Take the second fork to the left along a glorious undulating path curving to the right and rising to a path signposted “the Snowdrop Trail”. Follow the path downhill to a gate and then a bench where the path turns sharply right and, if you're lucky, you'll see the bluebells on either side of the path. You'll pass through a gate and, keeping parallel to the hedge on your left, you'll come to a T-junction by an open gate. Turn right here along the rough track and up the slope to the trees.

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Bluebells create a stunning vista in our ancient woodlands


Turn right and go up the broad sandy path back to the edge of the wood, where there is a wonderful view of the North Downs. At the cross roads take the path marked by a Nature Trail marker, which goes down a slope with a fence on your left hand side.

Abinger Roughs view towards the North Downs


Continue to follow the signs for the Nature Trail along the ‘Mayor’s path’. See the rhododendrons which were planted years ago to form a wilderness garden by Thomas Farrer, who owned the Roughs in the late 19th century. Follow the path through the rhododedrons until you come out into a wider more open area.

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The rhododendrons at Abinger Roughs are a sign of spring


As you come out of the Rhododendrons you will see great views up to the North downs on your left. In front of you is the second patch of bluebells. The path bends round to the right and you will come out to some holly bushes on the main path. Turn left here to descend down the path.

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Bluebells on Abinger Roughs


Keep to the left path as you go through the narrow 'neck' of Abinger Roughs. Keep on the path that runs parallel to the fence. To your left are the North downs. Continue along the path as it goes thorough the woodland ignoring paths to the right. You will come out of the woods into a more open space.

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In olden times beeches were used to create hedges


In this open space, there are some memorials to life here in the past. The old farm to your left is Leaser's Barn which has been used for lambing for centuries. The granite cross is the Wilberforce Memorial. Take a moment to stop and read the inscription. Then walk up the path running past the memorial and head back to the car park.

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Samuel Wilberforce was killed in a riding accident


Abinger Roughs car park TQ110480

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Abinger Roughs rhododendron and bluebell walk


Fairly flat sandy terrain with well maintained, but naturally uneven paths which may become muddy in places after wet weather.

Abinger Roughs rhododendron and bluebell walk

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Abinger Roughs rhododendron and bluebell walk

How to get here

National Trust car park, White Downs Lane, Abinger Hammer. Nearest postcode is RH5 6QS
By train

Gomshall or Dorking Deepdene stations; Dorking station.

By road

Head west from Dorking (A25) to Guildford. Just before Abinger Hammer, at The Crossways, head north up Whitedown Lane (opposite Rakes Lane) - the car park is on left.

By foot

Just before Abinger Hammer, at The Crossways, head north and walk up Whitedown Lane (20 minute walk).

By bus

Arriva 22 or 32, alight at bottom of Whitedown Lane (opposite Rakes Lane), then a 20 minute walk up the lane.

By bicycle

Head west from Dorking (A25) towards Guildford. Just before Abinger Hammer, at The Crossways, head north up Whitedown Lane (opposite Rakes Lane) - car park is on left. The National Cycle Network Route 22 passes through Abinger Roughs, for further information visit Sustrans.

Abinger Roughs rhododendron and bluebell walk

Facilities and access

  • Car parking
  • Benches
  • Picnic areas