The Surrey Hills was one of the first areas in
England to be designated an Area of Outstanding
National Beauty (AONB) in 1958. It stretches across
a quarter of the county and includes the chalk
slopes of the North Downs, which run from
Farnham to Oxted, and the deeply-forested
The North Downs sweep into Surrey from the east
and terminate at the end of the Hog’s Back. They
have a distinctive topography with a steep, southfacing
scarp slope and a shallow, north-facing dip
slope with the valleys of theWey and Mole being
important corridors through them.
Of the ten selected walks in this book, seven of the
routes are along the North Downs Way between
Compton and Reigate, and the remaining three are
at prominent locations along the Greensand ridge,
including Leith Hill, the highest point in south-east
England. They range from 3 ¾ - 7 ½ miles and suit
the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals
looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect
the many varied facets of the area – its people, its
history, and its landscape and will help first time
visitors to experience some of the great scenery
the area has to offer. Many of the walks feature a
pub along the route.
Halsgrove’s small-format guidebook, containing
maps, photographs and useful information will
ensure a great walking experience. Packed with
colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit
to the Surrey Hills.
Mike Cope lives in Woking, Surrey and
has been walking the Surrey countryside
on a regular basis with local and
national walking groups for over 20
years. He is a freelance writer for
Country Walking magazine, and has
published over 30 walking routes for
Surrey, Hampshire and Staffordshire.
He has a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry,
and when he isn’t walking or writing,
works as a lab manager for a
multinational pharmaceutical company.
Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 1 906887 95 7, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published April 2010. Reprinted August 2016.