Discover our special trees at Abinger Roughs

Walking trail

Abinger Roughs is an area of magical woodland with lovely views over the North Downs and the Tillingbourne valley. The woods have a range of specimen trees to be enjoyed. Follow the posts on this trail to learn more about these magnificent trees. The trail follows the main path from the car park through Abinger Roughs to the viewpoint and then bends round to the left to head back to the car park.

Map

Map showing the route of the tree walk at Abinger Roughs

Elevation

Abinger trees

Start:

National Trust car park, Abinger Roughs, TQ 11061 47999

1

The trail follows the main path from the car park through Abinger Roughs to the viewpoint and then bends round to the left to head back to the natural play area and the car park. Leave the car park taking the path that is directly opposite the entrance and marked by the trail marker 1.

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view of cars parked at Abinger Roughs car park

2

Walk forwards through the trees and you will notice a path coming in from the right. Here you will see marker 2 beside a beech tree. Common beeches can grow up to 40 metres high. They are well known to produce beautiful autumn colours.

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Beech tree leaves are green in summer and brown in autumn. The trees produce seeds called beech mast.

3

Head further along the main path towards an opening and at the fork take the wide grassy path to the left, ignoring a small path to the right. Walk through the more open area along the main path. As you go slightly downhill, there are more trees growing closer to the path. On your left you will see a very large veteran beech tree with an information panel. This is called the 'witch's broom' tree

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Veteran beech tree Abinger Roughs Surrey

4

Leaving the veteran beech, come down to the path 10 metres, turn left and you will be standing amongst some oak trees. Oak trees support more life forms than any other native tree. They host hundreds of insect species - an important food source for many birds. In autumn mammals such as badgers and deer take advantage of the falling acorns.

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English oak tree

5

From the oaks carry on along the main track, crossing a farm track and then walking up a small slope. At the top you will see the large holly bushes. An evergreen tree that can live to 300 years, holly provides dense cover and good nesting sites for birds. Its deep, dry leaf litter can also be used for hibernation by hedgehogs and other small mammals. This is point five on our trail.

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The seasonal holly has started to appear in the Orchard

6

From the holly trees continue along the main path. On your right you will see the signs to the Rhody Ramble. The rhododendrons here were part of the wild garden planted by Thomas Farrer of Abinger Hall in the 19th century. They have become very well established and we've cut paths through them to create room to play; a hide and seek paradise! Come in May to see the beautiful purple flowers.

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Way mark to Rhody Ramble

7

From the Rhody Ramble marker return to the main path and continue walking to the west. As you come to the edge of an open area you will see the next marker - number 7 for Scots Pine. This evergreen is one of just three conifers native to the UK. Mature trees grow to 35m and can live for up to 700 years.

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Woodland Abinger Roughs Surrey

8

Walk straight ahead across the open glade and follow the main path into another area of woodland heading slightly uphill. You will come to cross roads of path with a fence on the right hand side and an open view up to the Downs. Pause a minute to drink in the view. Turn to the left and walk towards the large oaks. Look carefully to spot the rowan trees in between the oaks. Also known as mountain ash, rowan is a small tree found on mountains, heathland and in woodland edges, and is frequently planted in towns and gardens.

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Rowan berries shine brightly in woodland

9

Carry straight along the path bending left round the corner and heading slightly downhill you will come to an area of some massive veteran trees.

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Veteran beech tree Abinger Roughs Surrey

10

As you stand by the veteran trees look up to the birch trees. Can you spot the large knobbly growth on the birch tree? A burr usually forms over a wound, which may have been caused by anything - fungi, bacteria, virus, insect activity, animal activity or weather. They don’t cause any harm to the tree. Whatever wound originally caused the burr is usually healed over during the period of irregular growth, protecting the tree from any further damage.

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11

Walk forwards along the path and you will return to the open glade. Follow the path round to the right and see the marker post. On the right hand side of the path there are some young elm trees. English elm dominated the British countryside landscape, but has been ravaged by Dutch elm disease since the 1960s. As the tree gets older it becomes more susceptible to the disease. Now you can only find young trees or shrubby trees in hedgerows.

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12

Follow the path round the bend to the left, leaving the path and sign to the Snowdrop Walk to the right hand side. On your left you will some magnificent yew trees. Yew is an evergreen conifer that can reach 400 to 600 years of age. Some specimens live longer; ten yews in Britain are believed to predate the 10th century making them at least 1000 years old.

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Irish yew tree on the south lawn

13

From the yew tree, follow the path along an open glade with views to the south over the farmland of the Wootton estate. You will come to a fork in the path: take the right fork. Around here you will see marker 13 for sweet chestnut. The sweet chestnut is thought to have been introduced to the British Isles by the Romans but today can be found throughout Britain in woods and copses, especially in parts of southern England.

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Ancient sweet chestnut trees at Ashridge

14

From the sweet chestnut glade walk up the hill passing the well on your right. Continue to follow the path walking trough lighter woodland and grassland. You will come to marker 14. Silver birch is a striking, medium-sized deciduous tree native throughout the UK and Europe.

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Birch bark at Springhill

15

From the silver birch area follow the path and you will come out into the open area around the natural play area. Here you will find the final marker by a sycamore. Sycamore is a deciduous broadleaf tree native tree to central, eastern and southern Europe. It was probably introduced to the UK in the Middle Ages and is now a naturalised species.

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view of cars parked at Abinger Roughs car park

End:

National Trust car park, Abinger Roughs, TQ 11061 47999

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How to get here

Address
White Downs Lane, Abinger Hammer, Surrey, RH5 6QS
By train

Gomshall or Dorking Deepdene stations; Dorking station

By road

For Abinger Roughs: West of Dorking off A25, Dorking to Guildford Road. From Dorking, just before Abinger Hammer, at The Crossways, head north up Whitedown Lane (opposite Rakes Lane) - car park is on left.For Netley woods: West of Dorking off A25 (Dorking to Guildford Road); park in Gomshall village

Parking: Ample parking at Abinger Roughs car park. No parking available at Netley woods

By foot

For Abinger Roughs: from Dorking, just before Abinger Hammer, at The Crossways, head north and walk up Whitedown Lane (20 minute walk).For Netley woods: from A25, near Gomshall's petrol garage, head north up the footpath next to Netley Close, or enter the woodlands via the North Downs Way.See Ordnance Survey maps Explorer 146 and 145

By bus

For Abinger Roughs: Arriva 22 or 32, alight at bottom of Whitedown Lane (opposite Rakes Lane), then a 20 minute walk up the lane. For Netley Woods: alight at Gomshall, then near the petrol station, head north up the footpath next to Netley Close, or enter the woodlands via the North Downs Way. Visit Surrey County Council for further information.

By bicycle

For Abinger Roughs: west of Dorking off A25, Dorking to Guildford road. From Dorking, just before Abinger Hammer, at The Crossways, head north up Whitedown Lane (opposite Rakes Lane) - car park is on left. For Netley Woods: west of Dorking off A25 (Dorking to Guildford road); park in Gomshall village. National Cycle Network Route 22 passes through Abinger Roughs, for further information visit Sustrans.

Discover our special trees at Abinger Roughs

Facilities and access

  • Carparking