There are over 60 miles of footpaths and bridleways to explore
These paths are a broad mix of types – ranging from steep paths more suitable for fitter walkers to less hilly areas if you wish to go for a gentle stroll.
Many paths are suitable for use by adventurous families with off-road buggies.
Some recommended walks can be found below.
More Hurtwood walks and many more in the wider Surrey Hills can be found on the Alltrails website.
Walkers, alone or with dogs, are always welcome on The Hurtwood but be aware that you visit the Hurtwood entirely at your own risk. Uniquely, walkers can roam ‘off-piste’ but be aware that although the Hurtwood is a beautiful natural environment it has many hidden obstacles that can trip you up. There are also man-made ditches and banks alongside road verges designed to block fly-tipping. Paths and tracks are not surfaced and may be rough and, particularly in winter, very muddy.
Keeping Everyone Safe
All users of the Hurtwood have a shared responsibility to ensure the safety of themselves and others wishing to enjoy the environment. Whether on foot, on bike or on horseback everyone should aim to be in control of their animals and respect the rights of others. Safety must come first, horses, cyclists and dogs need to be under control to avoid any incidents.
We recommend the following conduct when walking dogs –
- If your dog is difficult to control, please keep it on a lead
- Call your dog to heel when you see a horse rider or biker approach
- Please remember, an out of sight dog may be out of control causing disturbance to wildlife, especially deer
- Stay calm if a situation arises and do your best to influence your dog’s good behaviour
You are responsible for the actions of your dog therefore it is important that you maintain control of it. In extreme instances, inability to do so may result in a criminal prosecution being brought against you.
We do not recommend walkers attempt to use bike trails. These trails are easily recognisable as they traverse downhill through the forest and are deliberately kept away from the main trails. They are narrow and have a flowing style. Bikers ride these trails downhill, never uphill, so they are normally travelling at speed.
Finally, be aware of ground nesting birds such as nightjars, lapwings, Dartford warblers, woodcocks, stonechats and meadow pipits are known to be present on the Hurtwood. So from May to September we ask dog owners to keep to paths during this time to minimise disturbance and protect eggs.
Our Favourite walks
This walk starts and ends near Peaslake (car park no.1 ) and climbs to the viewpoint on Holmbury Hill.
Circular Walk from Peaslake via the GreenSand Way, Holmbury St Mary, Holmbury Hill with viewpoints. The walk goes over heathlands and through forest. The trees give shelter in the winter and shade in the summer.
Circular Walk from Blackheath via Winterfold, Pitch Hill and Farley Green (distance 9 miles) The walk goes over heathlands and through forest. The trees give shelter in the winter and shade in the summer. It is dry walking on parts of the Greensand Way and there is only one stile. The views from Pitch Hill are unsurpassable and the garden at The Windmill pub is delightful.
A 4 mile circular walk around The Hurtwood, a unique and beautiful world of heath and forest in the heart of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Hurtwood is a stunning mix of magical pine woods and heaths, ponds and glades, wildlife and wilderness. The walking route climbs to the summit of Holmbury Hill offering stunning views over the Weald to the South Downs, before passing through the pretty village of Holmbury St Mary and returning through the woodland.
A 4.5 mile circular walk around The Hurtwood, a unique and beautiful world of heath and forest in the heart of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Hurtwood is a stunning mix of magical pine woods and heaths, ponds and glades, wildlife and wilderness. The walking route begins on Winterfold Hill, with its stunning views to the south, from where it heads north to follow a beautiful old sunken path before cutting back through the heart of Winterfold Wood.
The route follows forest tracks which can be muddy after periods of wet weather. There are several climbs and descents throughout and some of the paths are narrow and uneven with tree roots. There are no stiles or gates on route, just a few staggered barriers. Dogs are welcome in the Hurtwood. You are likely to be sharing some of the paths with horse riders and mountain bikers. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours.