Abinger Roughs and Netley Park (NT)

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ABINGER HAMMER, SURREY

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Abinger Roughs, above the village of Abinger Hammer, is an area of grassland and mixed woodland - some of the oak trees are over 300 years old. The Roughs is home to many creatures and it’s a perfect spot for looking at nature. In the 1870s, Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist, walked on the Roughs while staying at Abinger Hall. The shady paths are fairly flat and clearly marked, so you can’t get lost. It’s a lovely area for family picnics. Netley Park lies on the scarp slope of the North Downs within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Netley House and its grounds are not open to the public, but there are 211 acres of woodland to explore, with fine views over the Tillingbourne Valley.

Abinger Roughs and Netley Park (NT)
White Downs Lane, ABINGER HAMMER, RH5 6QS

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About the area

Discover Surrey

Surrey may be better known for its suburbia than its scenery, but the image is unjust. Over a quarter of the county’s landscapes are official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and along the downs and the greensand ridge you can gaze to distant horizons with hardly a building in sight. This is one of England’s most wooded counties, and has more village greens than any other shire. You’ll find sandy tracks and cottage gardens, folded hillsides and welcoming village inns. There’s variety, too, as the fields and meadows of the east give way to the wooded downs and valleys west of the River Mole.

Of course there are also large built-up areas, mainly within and around the M25; but even here you can still find appealing visits and days out. On the fringe of Greater London you can picnic in Chaldon’s hay meadows, explore the wide open downs at Epsom, or drift idly beside the broad reaches of the stately River Thames. Deep in the Surrey countryside you’ll discover the Romans at Farley Heath, and mingle with the monks at England’s first Cistercian monastery. You’ll see buildings by great architects like Edwin Lutyens and Sir George Gilbert Scott, and meet authors too, from John Donne to Agatha Christie. 

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