Explore the estate at Polesden Lacey

Autumnal trees and green slopes at Polesden Lacey

Take some time to enjoy the ancient woodland at Polesden Lacey. From grazed fields to rare birds and butterflies to beautiful viewpoints, there's so much to explore.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The estate lies within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), an area that spans the width of Surrey itself. 

Ranmore Common, which makes up the majority of our estate, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This designation protects the wide variety of rare woodland birds and bats that can be found across the common. 

Walks

There are four way-marked routes around the estate, each in differing lengths and difficulty, but all with stunning views of the Surrey Hills. For detailed information about the routes, pick up a walks leaflet for £1 at our shop.

Conservation work

There is always conservation work being carried out across the estate. In the summer of 2017, our rangers started a new project to restore over 80 acres of the estate’s chalk grassland, one of the most species-rich habitats in the world. You can read about the project here. 

During the winter, they carry out woodland work such as holly clearance, ride widening and coppicing. Although holly is a native species it can quickly dominate woods forcing out other, less vigorous, species. The rangers’ work to clear areas of holly opens up the woodland floor for other species to grow and prevents holly swamping the common.

We plan to restore 87 acres of chalk grassland
A wildflower meadow
We plan to restore 87 acres of chalk grassland

Wildlife

The estate is home to a large array of wildlife: you’ll find butterflies such as the Chalkhill Blue and Brown Argus around the areas of chalk grassland; 3 species of owl including little owls; roe deer; 10 species of bat; buzzards; purple emperor butterflies and marsh tits in our woodland and you may even come across common lizards on the heathland. 
 

Produce

The estate team are currently make sure nothing is wasted, making beautiful and useful pieces from the wood cut down as part of their conservation work. In the summer, they make charcoal, and in the winter, firewood. They also produce chopping boards to sell onsite and raise funds to continue with the essential conservation work they carry out throughout the year. You can buy these items in the gift and garden shop and all profits go towards funding our essential conservation work.

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Walking Groups at Polesden Lacey

View of the house at Polesden Lacey from viewpoint on the Wellness Walk.

Monthly Ramblers Walk

Come with friends or make some new ones on this invigorating social stroll around the Polesden Lacey countryside. Taking place every fourth Wednesday of the month, this volunteer-led walk takes an hour and a half. Dogs on a lead are welcome. Meet at 9.30am outside the coffee shop.

A group of walkers at Polesden Lacey

Silver Strollers Walking Group

An easy walk with a few steady inclines, taking in some of the best views from Polesden Lacey. Taking place on the first Friday of every month, this volunteer-led walk takes an hour and a half. Walkers should be sufficiently fit to walk 1-2 miles. Meet at 10am, outside the coffee shop.

Dog walking on a lead

Dog Walking Club

Join us on an energetic walk around the estate with your canine friends on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Dogs will be able to roam on and off lead. Meet outside the coffee shop at 9.30am. Walk duration is approximately 1.5 - 2hrs.