Things to see and do at Harewoods
The Harewoods estate, just to the east of Redhill, is the perfect spot for a day out in the countryside. It’s a collection of farms, woodland and commons, created by a wealthy stockbroker in the late 19th century. Walk along peaceful footpaths, look out for resident wildlife or sit back and watch a game of village cricket.
Enjoy a peaceful stroll
Wander along tranquil footpaths through the woods at Outwood Common, stroll through farms and fields at Harewoods’s open working farmland and meander through the picturesque village of Outwood. Don’t forget your walking boots or wellies as it can be wet underfoot, especially during the winter.
Explore the colourful woodland
Outwood Common is home to ancient oaks. Some of the trees are over 200 years old with huge, majestic crowns and thick spreading branches. In the autumn, you’ll see the oaks, beeches, hornbeams and hazel trees all clothed in varying shades of yellow. Others, such as hawthorn and wild maple will be showing off their fiery red leaves.
Watch out for wildlife
You’ll find well-known British wildlife in the hedgerows, meadows, woodlands and ponds. Bring your binoculars and see what you can find. Later in the year, look out for birds such as kestrels, woodpeckers and even owls.
Wander around ponds and wetlands
There are over 100 ponds, ranging from large open ponds to marshes. In the summer, watch dragonflies darting over the larger ponds at Outwood Common or Branslands Wood. Or step out in your wellies and discover some of the smaller hidden ponds.
Visit Outwood Mill
Outwood Mill (privately owned) is the oldest working windmill in the country and was built in 1665 by Thomas Budgen.
Activities for all
Harewoods is a great place for walking, horse riding and geocaching. If you want to take things slower, watch a game of village cricket or enjoy a picnic.
Bring the kids
Let the kids enjoy roaming around the common and woodlands. The woods on Outwood Common and near the Hornecourt Hill car park on Gayhouse Lane are full of great climbing trees. In the autumn, go blackberry picking along the hedges around the estate or look for sweet chestnuts and hazelnuts in the woods.
Top things to look out for
Colourful displays of spring flowers in Hornecourt wood
The summer meadow flowers
A lazy summer afternoon watching a game of village cricket
The autumn woodland colours
The tranquil ponds
Created by Victorian stockbroker Alfred Howard Lloyd, the Harewoods estate was not always the collection of farmland, woods and commons that exists today.
From sowing ‘bumble-bird’ crops to growing superfoods, we’re creating the perfect environment at Harewoods for nature and wildlife to thrive.
Our team of volunteers are invaluable to us at Harewoods – without them, we wouldn't be able to continue our work and preserve this fantastic piece of countryside.
A spectacular escarpment with sweeping views across the Weald
Ancient common on the Greensand Ridge where time comes home to sleep
Plan a visit to one of the special countryside places in our care and discover the benefits of being in the great outdoors. Pack your walking boots and get ready to explore woodlands, valleys and rivers.
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