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
Unique, 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.
During 2018 the Friends of the Hurtwood took on the management of Bookhurst Wood in Cranleigh as a new partner of the Land Trust. This lovely 15 hectare ancient semi-natural woodland has large areas of old hazel and hornbeam coppice with mature oak standards, birch, ash willow and aspen that provide all year round interest. The bluebells in spring are a particular highlight . More details at Bookhurst Wood