GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Colley Hill

2 miles (3 km)

Climb to the 722ft (220m) summit of Colley Hill on this walk in the North Downs. Colley Hillis located just to the west of Reigate Hill. It's a satisfying climb with great views over Surrey to the South Downs.
You start off at the Wray Lane car park near Gatton Park and follow the North Downs Way west to the hill summit. You'll pass Reigate Fort, woodlands and grassland with pretty wildflowers in the summer. As you climb you can enjoy great views of Box Hill and Leith Hill. You'll also pass the interesting Inglis Memorial.
If you'd like to extend your walk then the Reigate Hill and Gatton Park Walk also starts from the Wray Lane car park.

Postcode

RH2 0HX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Colley Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Colley Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Head to the delightful Reigate Hill Tea Rooms for some refreshments on the walk. The cafe is in a fabulous elevated position with a number of picnic tables where you can sit outside and soak in the views of the Weald and Gatwick Airport. There's a good range of snacks and it's also very reasonably priced.
Skimmington Castle is a little further away but well worth a visit. They have a great menu and a nice outdoor seating area with views of Reigate Heath for warmer days. You can find it on the eastern side of the heath at a postcode of RH2 8RL. Our Skimmington Castle Walk starts from the pub and visits the heath before climbing Colley Hill.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Look out for the Inglis Memorial on the top of Colley Hill. It was donated to the Borough of Reigate in 1909 by Lieutenant Colonel Sir Robert William Inglis VC. It was originally a drinking fountain for horses, standing at the top of the original main route over Reigate Hill. Now restored, it houses a viewpoint indicator. Inglis Memorial - geograph.org.uk - 1316208 The Inglis Memorial - geograph.org.uk - 24262
Pictured above The Inglis Memorial on Colley Hill, just to the west of Reigate Hil. A prominent structure on the North Downs Way, this structure contains a plinth pointing the direction to several towns that can be seen from this viewing spot. It has an ornately decorated roof representing the heavens.

Photos

Sunrise on The Saddle Knob, Colley Hill - geograph.org.uk - 621066

Sunrise on The Saddle Knob, Colley Hill. This picture along the North Downs scarp was taken on a November morning, just after sunrise. The Saddle Knob is the grassy slope, with an old quarry at its foot. In the background is the much bigger Betchworth Quarry - until a few years ago its white cliff was a landmark for miles around. Now only the top shows, the rest having been used as a large landfill, now landscaped and being managed to make new downland. In the very far distance is White Downs. Box Hill, perhaps the most famous part of this stretch of the North Downs, is not visible, lying around the corner beyond Betchworth Quarry.

Pit on Colley Hill - geograph.org.uk - 673879

Pit on Colley Hill. I assume this was once a chalk pit, although it seems very shallow. The alternative is that it is the crater caused by a crashed aeroplane, which is definitely the case for a rounder depression at the other end of Colley Hill. Reigate, with the wooded ridge of Park Hill, can be seen in the background.

Colley Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1316215

The path here is a section of one of the medieval routes out of Reigate over the North Downs, leading on to Walton Heath. Another section can be seen below the trees on the right, along the top of a brick retaining wall from the quarry that was sited below Colley Hill.

Colley Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1316231

The scarp slope of Colley Hill viewed from the Saddle Knob, with the water tower on the skyline

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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