This walk visits a lovely nature reserve and viewpoint in the Surrey Hills AONB. The reserve is run by Surrey Wildlife Trust and includes an old tower, woodland trails, a fine country house, a viewpoint toposcope and lots of interesting flora and fauna.
You can start the walk from the car park on Chinthurst Lane just to the north of the hill. It's located less than a mile from Wonersh village and close to Shalford train station if you wish to come by public transport. From the car park it is a short walk south to the hill top where you will find a photogenic, Grade II listed folly. You can follow footpaths around the hill and enjoy some lovely views over the Surrey Hills. There's a hanfdy toposcope at the top which points out all the local landmarks you can see. This includes Guildford Cathedral, Newlands Corner, St Martha's Hill, Holmbury Hill, Puttenham Common and Frensham Ponds.
The area is also great for wildlife with birds such as buzzards, sparrowhawks, red kites and wrens to look out for. You can also see a variety of butterflies fluttering around the wildflowers in the summer months. In the spring there are lots of pretty bluebells and wood anenomes to see too.
PostcodeGU5 0PR - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Chinthurst Hill Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Chinthurst Hill Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Chinthurst Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Chinthurst Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head into nearby Wonersh and you could visit The Grantley Arms for some post walk refreshment. It's a delightful half-timbered pub dating back over 500 years. There's a cosy interior with a blazing real fire for colder weather. Outside there's a lovely heated garden area which is good for all seasons. They serve high quality food and can be found at postcode GU5 0PE for your sat navs.
The hill and surrounding woodland are ideal for a dog walk. The Grantley Arms mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The circular Godalming Walk starts from the nearby town and passes the hill and some of the other local walking highlights. You could pick it up and visit the nearby Pewley Down, St Martha's Hill, Chilworth Gunpowder Mills, Blackheath Common and Winkworth Arboretum.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Surrey Hills Walks page.