Things to see and do at Denbies Hillside

Summer flowers on Denbies Hillside

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and explore the many footpaths and bridleways on Denbies Hillside. Whether it’s stopping for a picnic, going on an outdoor adventure or taking in the views, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Denbies Hillside.

Wander along peaceful paths

Discover the flower-rich banks of the Carriage Road leading to Denbies Hillside or walk along the North Downs Way National Trail. There is so much to see...
 
Try some of our walks
 

Kids' adventures

 
Join in with our 50 Things to do before you're 11 ¾! Put on your wellies and old clothes and go on an outdoor adventure – run, jump and explore. Hunt for bugs and collect ‘treasure’ along the way – maybe sticks, fallen leaves or empty snail shells. Remember to leave the flowers for all to enjoy.
 

Sensory highlights

Take a moment to savour the sights, sounds and smells of nature.
 
Listen out for whitethroats, kestrels and green woodpeckers and take in the smells of wild marjoram and thyme as you walk along the chalk grassland.
 

Enjoy a picnic

There are many beautiful spots to throw down a rug and enjoy a picnic or use the picnic area with benches in Steers Field, accessed by a gate from Denbies Hillside car park.
 
There are also picnic tables in the meadow adjacent to the Ranmore West car park.
 

Second World War on the North Downs

The concrete pill boxes, just west of Denbies Hillside along the North Downs Way, were built in 1940 to defend London. They acted as barriers where the advancing enemy could be engaged before reaching the capital.
 

Chalk downland

Our friendly cattle graze the hillside to help maintain the chalk downland.
 
In the summer the hill is the home to a great variety of plants, including wild thyme, and wildlife such as the adonis blue and chalkhill blue butterflies.
 

Don't miss

  • The many colourful butterflies fluttering over the hill
  • The beautiful wild orchids in the warmer months
  • The wonderful views looking towards Leith Hill
  • The friendly Belted Galloway cattle quietly grazing
  • The chirpy sounds of nature - including kestrels and whitethroats
  • Rest for a while, soak up the views and return home feeling refreshed

Useful tips for your visit 

  • Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes
  • Pack a picnic as time slips by exploring the hill
  • A camera to record your visit and binoculars
  • A reference book on trees or wildlife, especially butterflies, is always useful and a sketch book too