What you need to know when visiting the Surrey Hills

We're following government guidance and have lifted social distancing rules and other COVID restrictions at all our Surrey Hills properties. Please be mindful of each other when visiting our properties. 

Fresh air, open space and nature are what we’re all looking for when visiting the Surrey Hills. Whilst we have removed COVID restrictions in line with Government restrictions, please me mindful of others when visiting our properties. You don’t need to book but our car parks get full by mid-morning at the weekends and during school holidays.  

There are 1000s of acres of countryside to explore in the Surrey Hills. For walking trails and way-marked routes, please see the car park information boards, pick up a leaflet from the cafés at Box Hill, Frensham Little Pond or Hindhead, or visit the individual countryside web pages here.  

As all our sites are outdoors, please check the weather forecast before visiting and dress appropriately.

Car Parking 

Most of our car parks are full by 10am on weekends and public holidays. We advise arriving as early as possible. If the car park is full at your chosen site, please consider visiting at another time or try visiting one of our other sites. 

Parking charges apply at our car parks, but National Trust members can park for free.

You can pay for car parking by downloading the PayByPhone App onto your smartphone. If you want to find out about the benefits of National Trust membership, please take a look on our website here, where you can join easily online. 

Please only park in designated car parks. Please do not park on roadside verges, over yellow lines, or over driveways. Blocking roads can cause accidents and we need to have constant access to our sites - thank you. 

Dogs

We welcome well-behaved dogs in all parts of the Surrey Hills countryside that the National Trust cares for.  

Some fields are home to cattle and sheep. Please keep your dog on a lead if livestock are in the field; but we recommend, if cattle approach you, to let your dog off the lead. 

Please check fences and gates for notices of livestock grazing where you are walking.

Eating and Drinking

Our cafés at Box Hill, Hindhead Commons and Frensham Little Pond are open. Opening times can be found on each site's website. 

The safety of our visitors and staff remains our top priority. In our cafés, alongside maintaining our high standards of cleanliness, plexiglass screens will stay in place and hand sanitiser stations will remain. 

While we recognise wearing face coverings is voluntary, we are recommending, visitors staff and volunteers wear them in enclosed and crowded spaces. 

Our public toilets are open (please check the opening times on the website).

Accessibility

Dedicated car parking bays are available at Box Hill and Hindhead Common car parks for Blue Badge holders.   

At Box Hill, our Mountaintrike all terrain push wheelchair can be borrowed free of charge. To book, and for more information, please email us at boxhill@nationaltrust.org.uk 

You can also find an accessible toilet at Box Hill and a Changing Places toilet at Hindhead Common. For further details of accessible walks and facilities, please visit the individual websites here

Drones

We do not permit the use of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) at National Trust places in the Surrey Hills. Drones can disturb wildlife and farm animals as well as people. If you’d like to find out more about why drone flying is restricted at National Trust sites please click here for more information.

Countryside Code

Please help us by taking your litter home with you; BBQs are not permitted at our sites. Please close gates behind you - some of our places are home to livestock, which whilst friendly, may want to wander.

 

Looking after the places you love 

In these uncertain times, the beautiful countryside in the Surrey Hills, is a place where people can pause, reflect and unwind. As a conservation charity, our incredible teams across the various sites in Surrey, are working relentlessly to look after the places that we all love and keeping them accessible. We please ask that visitors be mindful, patient and considerate when visiting our outdoor properties. Thank you.