Climb to the 722 ft (220 m) summit of Colley Hill on this walk in the North Downs. Colley Hill is 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.
PostcodeRH2 0HX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Colley Hill Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Colley Hill Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Colley Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Colley Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
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.
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.