Octavia Hill walk around Hydon's Ball and Heath

Walking trail

This short and relaxing circular walk winds through cool shady woodland and across open heathland. The sandy soil makes it a perfect walk for families in all seasons. Hydon's Ball is within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a memorial to one of our co-founders, Octavia Hill, who died in 1912.

Map

Map of Hydon Ball and Heath Octavia Hill trail

Start:

Hydon's Ball and Heath car park OS map reference SU979402

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From the car park, near the notice board, follow the Octavia Hill sign down a narrow wooded path.

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The Octavia Hilll trail is an easy walk

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Continue walking through the woods lined with pine and sweet chestnut trees.

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Look up to enjoy the glorious tree cover

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Wander along the path and enjoy the peace and quiet of the woods. Listen out for the creatures that live here...

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The trees begin to thin out and on your left there're open fields. Turn right and begin climbing up the hill (fairly steep).

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Enjoy the climb through the trees to the hilltop

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You've reached the top, one of the highest points in Surrey, and can now enjoy the wonderful views looking south towards Black Down and the South Downs (this is about 20mins walk from the start of the trail).

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View point at Hydon's Ball Surrey

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At the top too is a stone seat memorial to one of our co-founders, Octavia Hill, who died in 1912.

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Enjoy the views from the Octavia Hill seat

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Following the waymarkers and head downhill until you reach the Robertson Memorial.

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Hydon's Ball and Heath was part of the Robertson legacy

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Continue down the marked path, along the fence (uneven path), and then turn right back through the woods and onto the car park.

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Explore Hydon's Ball and Heath following the Octavia Hill trail

End:

Hydon's Ball and Heath car park OS map reference SU979402

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Octavia Hill walk around Hydon's Ball and Heath

Terrain

Moderate terrain with some steep slopes, uneven surfaces and can be muddy in places.

Octavia Hill walk around Hydon's Ball and Heath

Contact us

Octavia Hill walk around Hydon's Ball and Heath

How to get here

Address
Hydon's Ball and Heath car park, Salt Lane, Godalming, GU8 4BB
By train

Godalming station (3 miles)

By road

Take B2130 (Brighton Road) from Godalming and head south; at Busbridge turn right onto the Hambledon Road and then right down Clock Barn Lane and onto Salt Lane

By foot

Comprehensive network of rights of way - walk from the Hydestile crossroad down Salt Lane

By bus

Stagecoach 503, Hambledon–Guildford to the Hydestile crossroads

By bicycle

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Octavia Hill walk around Hydon's Ball and Heath

Facilities and access

  • Directions
  • Accessible car park