Things to see and do at Reigate Hill and Gatton Park

View over escarpment of North Downs from Reigate Fort

This stretch of the North Downs is good walking country with flower-sprinkled grasslands and quiet shady woods. It's lovely spot for family picnics and games. Reigate Fort commands an historic defensive position looking out over the chalk downland and is home to many rare wild flowers and insects, including the vibrant Adonis Blue butterfly. Gatton Park was landscaped in the mid 18th-century by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, a leading landscape architect. 250 years on, his work still has the ability to impress, from tree-framed vistas to a series of ponds winding their way down the valley to a large lake.

Breathtaking views

Admire the wonderful views towards the Weald and the South Downs. On a clear day you can see as far as Chanctonbury Ring.
 

Follow the North Downs Way

Join the North Downs Way at Reigate Hill and follow the sign posts along the chalk ridge that stretches from Farnham in the west to Dover in the east. Why not walk to Box Hill and stop for a light snack or perhaps visit the shop.
 

Visit Reigate Fort

Reigate Fort was built in 1898; one of 13 forts which ran along the North Downs to Essex and were built to protect London from an attack by the French. It was built as a mobilisation centre, holding cutting tools for clearing trees and digging tools for entrenching.
 
The site is open daily for you to look around and there are various events during the year (see What's on section on website). 
 
 

Military history walk

Reigate Hill has been at the centre of some large-scale military activities over the years. Follow our military history walk to find out more about this fascinating part of Surrey.
 
Try our military history walk (PDF / 0.9MB) download
 

The Inglis Memorial

The Inglis Memorial was donated to the Borough of Reigate in 1909, by Lieutenant Colonel Sir Robert William Inglis VC. It was built as a drinking fountain for horses on the original main route over Reigate Hill.
 

B-17 (Flying Fortress) crash site

On Monday 19 March 1945, an American B-17 (Flying Fortress) crashed into the side of Reigate Hill. The clearing in the trees created by the plane is still evident and there is a memorial bench to the nine men who lost their lives.
 

The Stone Circle at Gatton Park

Discover the Stone Circle at Gatton Park and read the interesting inscriptions. These were placed by the Jerusalem Trust to commemorate the turn of the millennium and each stone represents a 200 year time period.