2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the designation of the Surrey Hills as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). As part of the year-long celebrations, the Surrey Hills team has commissioned six beautiful illustrations, capturing some of the iconic views of the Surrey Hills. Here at iFootpath, we are happy to be able to point you in the direction of seven walking guides that will give you chance to see those very same views in real life too…
The Surrey Hills was one of the first landscapes in the country to be designated in 1958 and is now one of 38 AONBs in England and Wales. The Surrey Hills stretch across rural Surrey, from the chalk North Downs that run from Farnham in the west, above Guildford, Dorking and Reigate, to Oxted in the east, covering a quarter of the county. The Surrey Hills Board continues to develop policies and programmes that protect and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the Surrey Hills whilst promoting the social and economic well-being of the area.
The team at Surrey Hills has collaborated with Illustrations & Prints to create 6 limited edition prints of the Surrey Hills. Each print captures a unique view of the Surrey Hills, including the Devils Punch Bowl at Hindhead, the Great Pond at Frensham, a view from Newlands Corner on the North Downs Way, Leith Hill Tower, the viewpoint at Box Hill and the Inglis Memorial on Colley Hill, Reigate. These prints are available to buy individually (with £5.00 from each purchase going to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund), or why not collect them all!
Find out how to buy the prints via the Surrey Hills Website
Here at iFootpath, we’re thrilled to be able to bring you the corresponding walking guides for each of these beautiful views…
Devil’s Punch Bowl at Hindhead
Explore Surrey: Haslemere Hills and Heather - A 9 mile circular walk from Haslemere rail station, through the surrounding heathland and farmland and visiting Devil’s Punchbowl and Gibbet Hill along the way.
Gibbet Hill and Hindhead Common - A 3 mile circular walk from the Devil’s Punch Bowl in Surrey, taking in Gibbet Hill and Hindhead Common. There are spectacular views into the Punch Bowl and across the Surrey Hills.
Great Pond at Frensham
Explore Surrey: Tilford Birds and Bridges – A 7.5 mile circular picturesque walk taking in the Frensham Great and Little Ponds and the River Wey, discovering the medieval bridges at Tilford and enjoying an abundance of birds and wildlife.
Newlands Corner on the North Downs Way
Explore Surrey: Silent Pool and St Martha’s Hill – A 6 mile circular walk in the Surrey Hills, visiting a number of popular attractions including Silent Pool, a stretch of the North Downs Way, Newlands Corner and St Martha’s Hill and offering superb views.
Leith Hill Tower
Leith Hill Place and Tower - A 2.5 mile circular woodland walk through the Surrey Hills and taking you to the highest point in south east England – Leith Hill. The walk also passes through the former grounds of Leith Hill Place, a country house dating back to 1600 with its Rhododendron Woods, planted woodland and walled ruins.
Box Hill and Mickleham - A 4.5 mile circular and fairly strenuous walk from Box Hill in the Mole Valley district of Surrey. Box Hill is well known for its box trees, its plethora of butterflies and also as the central feature of the cycling road races for the 2012 Olympics.
Inglis Memorial on Colley Hill
Explore Surrey: Colley Hill and Reigate Hill – A 3 mile easy access walk along the North Downs Way with spectacular views, taking in Colley Hill and Reigate Hill and visiting the attractions of Reigate Fort and the Inglis Memorial.
11 April 2018