Welcome to The Hurtwood

A Unique and Beautiful World of Heath and Forest in the Heart of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Friends of the Hurtwood LogoUnique, in its partnership between the Friends of the Hurtwood and the landowners - originally the Lords of the Manor of Shere, Albury and Ockley – but now with a further seven estates; formed in 1926 and later given Charity status in the 60s. The Friends of the Hurtwood secure the funding and support required to maintain this beautiful area for the benefit of the public. More than 90 years ago, Reggie Bray, Lord of the Manor of Shere, granted the public a ‘right to roam’ with ‘open access for air and exercise’ on the Hurtwood – one of the first estates in England to do so. This set a pioneering example of a landowner welcoming the public on to his land and finding a way of working with the public that would benefit both the land and the people. Open access is available to bird watchers, dog walkers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and anyone who enjoys the fresh air!

Beautiful, as its jewels are Holmbury Hill and Pitch Hill, two magnificent greensand peaks, which with the Winterfold ridge, offer stunning views over the Weald to the South Downs. And there are also magical pine woods and heather heaths, ponds and glades, wildlife and wilderness.

Favourite Walks

Favourite Walks

There are over 60 miles of paths and bridleways, some steep paths more suitable for fitter walkers whilst there are plenty of less hilly areas if you wish to go for a more gentle stroll.

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Hurtwood Map

Hurtwood Map

There are two maps available, with or without car parks. There is no official map showing MTB trails, but you can find out more by asking around while you're out & about on the Hurtwood.

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Support Us

Support Us

The Hurtwood costs around £80,000 to keep it looking like it does, with public access for everyone. Please consider becoming a Friend of the Hurtwood to secure its future.

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Latest News

Latest News

There's always plenty going on, on the Hurtwood. Catch up with our Latest News and Events here, or sign up to receive our quarterly newsletter

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Easy Fundraising

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Ranger's Blog

  • Hurtwood Maps
    Recently I’ve had a lot of requests for maps showing the areas that are now under our management after the land owner changes.. So I’ve been busy colouring in some maps for you! These shaded in areas show the areas that we manage and also the different land owners. Advertisements
  • Report of near miss on Saturday 4th March 2017 on Pitch Hill
    Fortunately incidents like the one recounted below are not a regular occurrence, but still do happen too often. The Hurtwood is becoming increasingly popular, and must be shared by many different users. Our role is to try and maintain that balance, which I feel we do very well, but it does partly also rely on […]
  • A look back on the year that was 2016.
    I was going to call this the “Highlights of 2016”, but I’m not sure all the fly tip pictures could be considered highlights, just unfortunately frequent! So, just going through some pics on my phone, this is some of what we got up to in 2016…… January seems to have been open season on fly […]