Covid-19 update September 5th 2020

The Friends of the Hurtwood has issued the following updated guidance to safeguard local residents and visitors to the Hurtwood:

Government social distancing restrictions remain in force: please respect this guidance and the rights of others, especially in the village centre between the Hurtwood Inn and Peaslake Village Stores

Our car parks continue to be busy, especially at weekends. If a car park is full please come back another time or use an alternative Hurtwood car park, see:  Car park locations

PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE LITTER – TAKE IT HOME – DISPOSE OF IT RESPONSIBLY

CAMPING AND BARBEQUES ARE NOT PERMITTED ANYWHERE ON THE HURTWOOD

Thank you

The Hurtwood is over 2,000 acres of privately owned Common land in the Surrey Hills

Friends of the Hurtwood, registered charity No. 200053, has the responsibility to raise the funding required to manage public access and protect the Hurtwood environment

Donate to help us to keep the Hurtwood open for everyone to enjoy

Visit the Hurtwood! You can walk, ride or cycle on miles of Bridleways and Footpaths

The Hurtwood can be a great location for an event. However you MUST request permission to run any event on the Hurtwood – more details here

Visiting the Hurtwood

The Hurtwood is enjoyed by many people from the local community. If you visit by car there are 14 free car parks on the Hurtwood. Their locations are on Google Maps. There are also downloadable Hurtwood maps. Click below.

Walk

There are over 60 miles of paths and bridleways and many more informal paths and tracks to explore. There are 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.

Ride

When riding please keep to the existing network of trails where possible, and avoid Mountain Bike trails. There are no height barriers in our car parks so Horseboxes are welcome in larger ones and where roads are suitable.

Cycle

'The Hurtwood provides miles of riding with trails of varying abilities and with easy access to Ranmore and Leith Hill. As the Hurtwood is open access to all users you will come across walkers, dogs and horses - please give way to them at all times.

We are A UK Registered Charity managing public access to the Hurtwood for all

2000
Acres Managed
14
Car Parks
1
Staff
£ 80,000 +
Required Budget

A donation to Friends helps to

  • Employ a full time Ranger.
  • Manage 30 miles of registered footpaths and bridleways, 30 miles of unofficial tracks, firebreaks and 14 car parks, which together provide unrivalled access to the Hurtwood’s heath and hills
  • Create and preserve wildlife habitats, and other conservation projects.
  • Maintain panoramic views from the Hurtwood hills
  • Clear and prevent litter and fly tipping.
  • Protect three scheduled monuments including the Holmbury Hill Iron Age Hill Fort.
  • Encourage children to treasure the countryside.

Protect and conserve the Hurtwood, so that everyone can enjoy its freedom and beauty

The Hurtwood is

Over 2,000 acres of privately owned Surrey countryside which is open to everyone for ‘air and exercise’ on foot, horse and bicycle.

Friends are

Friends of the Hurtwood is a registered charity responsible for public access to the Hurtwood. We work closely with the Landowners many of whom are active in forestry management and timber extraction

What we do

Friends of the Hurtwood clear trails, maintain 14 carparks, remove fly tip, open up views, protect the environment, care for wildlife

What it costs

Friends of the Hurtwood run a tight budget, currently around £80,000 per year. This covers the Ranger's employment costs, the occasional use of subcontractors and maintenance of 14 car parks, trails and viewpoints

Donate to help us to keep the Hurtwood open for everyone to enjoy

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