Denbies Hillside Walk
Explore this lovely area of the North Downs on this short circular walk. You can start the walk from the Denbies Hillside car park on Ranmore Common. There's waymarked trails, woodland paths and great views of Leith Hill and Dorking from the high points. There's also lots of interesting plants and wildlife to look out for. Several species of orchid grow on the hillside and there are a vairiety of butterflies to see in the summer months.
The area also includes the Denbies Wine Estate which contains the largest vineyard in England, representing more than 10 per cent of the plantings in the whole of the United Kingdom. There's an excellent visitor centre with a working winery where you can learn all about the wine making process.
The North Downs Way passes over the hills so you can continue along the trail to extend your walk. You could follow the trail a couple of miles to the north east and visit the lovely Box Hill Country Park.
You can also further explore Ranmore Common by heading north from the car park.
The site can be easily reached on foot from nearby Dorking. Just follow the Mole Gap Trail north from the town and you will soon come to the estate.
PostcodeRH5 6SR - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Denbies Hillside Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Denbies Hillside Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Denbies Hillside OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Denbies Hillside Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the south there's the village of Betchworth where you can visit the ruined Betchworth Castle which sits next to the River Mole. There's also the adjacent village of Brockham where you can explore the Brockham Quarry Nature Reserve. The interesting site was once the site of chalk extraction and the lime making industry during the Victorian Era.