Natural play on the Surrey Hills

Family at the Natural Play Trail at Box Hill, Surrey

Get outside with the little ones on the Surrey Hills and try one of our natural play trails or make your own adventures at our wild sites.

The natural play trail at Box Hill is a 2 mile level, circular walk. It’s a great chance to play in the woods: to explore, discover, balance, crawl and have muddy fun. The trail takes anything from an hour to a whole day. Don't be afraid to explore off the path to the den building village. Download the Natural Play Trail  or pick up a copy when you visit.

Whatever the weather, dress for mess and make your own adventures on Abinger Roughs near Dorking. Discover the natural play area where you can balance on logs or climb trees. Are mum and dad brave enough to join in too? Pack a picnic and make a day of it – don’t forget to take a walk in the woods to see the ancient trees.

Venture along the main path at Bookham Commons, from the Tunnel car park to the Isle of Wight pond, and find our natural play area - climb, balance and play close to the many wonderful creatures that live here. Download the play trail (PDF / 4.2MB) download or pick it up on site. Pack your binoculars to watch the birds on the pond; there’s an ID panel on site so it’s easy to see what you’re looking at. 

Borrow tracker packs from the shepherds hut at Box Hill and Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl; they include all the kit little explorers need to have fun and explore in the great outdoors.

Paddle and splash on the edge of Frensham Little Pond; summer is a great time to walk along the edge of this mediaeval pond and marvel at the scents and sounds. You might catch a glimpse of the iridescent blue kingfisher or larger birds from our brand new bird hide.

Holmwood Common’s new level pathway takes you on an adventure around the whole site. Its dry pathway means that in even the wettest weather it’s a perfect spot for scooting or pedaling. Stop off for a game of bat and ball on the old cricket pitch or stop for a while at the ford to play pooh sticks.