Abinger Roughs - Rhododendron Walk
This circular walk in Abinger Hammer takes you around an attractive, elevated woodland area.
Start your walk from the car park at the eastern end of the site. From here you can pick up nature trails heading west towards Arbinger Hammer. There's a series of nice shady woodland paths and in the spring months you can see carpets of bluebells and lots of lovely Rhododendrons flowering. The Roughs also include magnificent oak trees, open glades and fine views over the North Downs from the high points.
At the western side of the woods you will find the delightful village of Arbinger Hammer. In summer the village green is popular with people picnicing on the grass whilst watching a game of cricket in surroundings which are quintessentially English. The River Tillingbourne also flows through the village. Brown trout regurlarly swim in the stream and the occasional larger rainbow trout can also be sighted. You can enjoy refreshments in the delightful Abinger Hammer Village Shop & Tea Rooms which has a nice garden from which you can watch the cricket.
The sister site of Abinger Common is located just over mile south east of the Roughs. There's miles of nice woodland trails, ponds, streams and great views from the many viewpoints on the expansive common.
The North Downs Way passes just to the north of the site so it's easy to extend your walking in the immediate area. You could pick up the trail and head north east to visit Ranmore Common. It's an excellent area for walking with miles of good footpaths taking you through woodland and open downland, with great views of the Surrey Hills. Also nearby on the trail is Box Hill Country Park. Here you will find more great walking trails with panoramic views of the western Weald and a riverside path along the River Mole. On the eastern edge of Ranmore common you will find the National Trust owned Denbies Hillside where there are waymarked trails with more nice viewpoints to enjoy the beautiful countryside of this area of southern England.