Hidden gems amongst rolling hills of green and gold
Places to visit
Surrey Hills: virtual spring highlights
Surrey is the most wooded county in England, and in April and May much is carpeted with the blue haze of the native British bluebell. An indicator of ancient woodland, they are protected by law.
The top of Leith Hill Tower marks the highest point in south east England. It was built in 1765 by Richard Hull who lived at nearby Leith Hill Place.
Wild cherry produces small baubles of white flowers covering the tree in April-May. The bark is very distinctive with a reddish colour and horizontal markings or scars.
Birds on the heath
From March onwards, summer migrants such as chiff chaff, willow warbler and whitethroat will begin to arrive.
Cowslips - Primula veris, are one of the best known spring flowers. They can be found at Box Hill on the rich chalk grassland meadows. Did you know that they are the county flower of Surrey?
The yellow flowers of gorse, which is a typical heathland plant, smell of coconut and are in flower from January.
The Second World War on the Surrey Hills
Learn about this dramatic incident from the Second World War that took place on Holmwood Common
Discover Headley Heath's involvement in one of the most daring operations of the Second World War - the only assassination of a senior Nazi leader.
During the Second World War, Headley Heath was used by the Canadian army as a training ground.
A curious military building on either side of the footpath reveals a possible secret role in monitoring wartime communications.
On 19 March 1945 a B-17 crashed into the hill and nine USAAF crew were tragically killed. You can now see the memorial to the memory of these men.