Abinger Roughs snowdrop walk

Walking trail

Snowdrops are often the first heralds of spring as they valiantly push their way up through the soil. Enjoy this early spring walk around Abinger Roughs taking in the special snowdrop trail, with glorious views over the surrounding countryside.

Map

Abinger Roughs Snowdrop trail map

Start:

Abinger Roughs car park TQ110480

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From the car park walk through the opening in the fence opposite the notice board – follow the green waymarked posts.

Get up close to nature by following the trail at Abinger Roughs

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As you pass through the woodland copse you will come into the open space that is the natural plan area. This is a wonderful place for kids to test their agility and skills climbing over poles and tree trunks.

Kids love the natural play area at Abinger Roughs

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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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Some of our Scots pine grow really tall

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As you walk over the rise and down the slope you come to a lower area of deciduous woodland. Take a minute here to listen out for the woodland birds - not only great tits, coal tits and blue tits but also tree creepers and nuthatch as they climb up and down tree trunks. Continue along the path, climbing again up a small slope.

Listen to the birdsong in our woodland

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You walk along a straight path parallel to a fence to your left. At the end the path bends round to the right. You pass by holly, yew and birch trees and then you come put into a open glade. To your left, over the greensand ridge, rises the Hurtwood (an area of heath and forest). Stop and enjoy the views.

Enjoy the sparke of winter sunshine at Abinger Roughs

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As you come up the slope take the path signposted 'Snowdrop trail' to the left. The path goes down the slope and bends sharply round to the right. Follow this path through the glade, and if you're lucky, you'll see the snowdrops on either side of the path. Keep parallel to the hedge on your left, until you 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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Enjoy the snowdrop trail at Abinger Roughs

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At the top is the most wooded area on the Roughs. You can see three magnificent oak tree pollards. These trees are around 300 years old and have survived from the times when the Roughs were grazed as wood pasture. Stop at the cross roads look back and enjoy the view west. The farm nearby is Hackhurst Farm and you can look up onto Hackhurst Down and Kingswood. From this point take the path down the slope keeping a fence on your left hand side.

Abinger Roughs view towards the North Downs

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Follow the path as it descends the slope and bends round to the right. You pass through deciduous woodland with lots of oak, beech and hazel. Again listen out for the birds - can you hear a woodpecker or spot a buzzard soaring over the treetops? Continue along the ‘Mayor’s path’ and through the rhododendrons planted years ago to form a wilderness garden by Thomas Farrer, who owned the Roughs in the late 19th century.

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Open paths on Abinger Roughs

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The path bends round to the right around the Rhododendron plantation and then turns left through some holly and down into the low copse. Follow the path forwards and bearing to your left to follow the path alongside the edge of Abinger Roughs. You’re almost there – don’t forget to look up towards the North Downs and see if you can spot the Second World War pill boxes which were built to defend London. Stop and read the inscription on the Wilberforce Memorial as you reach Lease Barn. Then turn right up the hill and back to the car park.

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Samuel Wilberforce was killed in a riding accident

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Abinger Roughs car park TQ110480

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Abinger Roughs snowdrop walk

Terrain

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

Abinger Roughs snowdrop walk

Contact us

Abinger Roughs snowdrop walk

How to get here

Address
White Downs Lane, Abinger Hammer, 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 bus

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

Abinger Roughs snowdrop walk

Facilities and access

  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Natural Play area
  • No toilets