Walking

Walking trail

Abinger Roughs walk

Walking trail

Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist who walked on the Roughs in the 1870s. Our trail, at the foot of the North Downs, is easy to follow and perfect for families new to exploring the countryside. Pick up our guided trail leaflet too (from the car park notice board) and discover more about the Roughs.

Shady paths at Abinger Roughs

Map

Map route for Abinger Roughs walk

Start:

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

2

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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3

You’re now standing near a well which provided water for horses and cattle many years ago. The water rises from an underground spring. Today the water table is low and the area is fenced off to stop animals falling into it. Continue along the path.

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You've reached the open glade. To your left, over the greensand ridge, rises the Hurtwood (an area of heath and forest). Stop and enjoy a picnic or walk on.

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5

Here 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. Sit for a while on sunset seat and venture on.

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6

Continue on and follow the waymarked posts and 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.

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7

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 then turn right up the hill and back to the car park.

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Abinger Roughs walk

Terrain

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

Abinger Roughs 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 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 walk

Facilities and access

  • Picnic areas
  • Benches along the trail
  • No toilets