Parks, Gardens and Open Spaces

Mole Valley District Council maintains a large number of green spaces across the district. These range from small parks and formal gardens to woodlands and countryside sites. 


Ashtead Park Local Nature Reserve (LNR)

  • Location: Situated to the east of the village and immediately south of the main Epsom Road
  • Description: An area of woodland / wood pasture that was once part of the original park belonging to the manor house of Ashtead.  The most complete remnant of parkland now forms the grounds of the City of London Freeman's School, while the public open space is bounded by Rookery Hill, Farm Lane and the main Epsom Road. The main entrance to the park from the Epsom Road is through an imposing set of wrought iron gates, which are a Grade 2 listed structure. There are two large ponds, both of which are fished by a local club.

The Woodfield

  • Location: Between Barnett Wood Lane and the railway line
  • Description: The site is designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest and managed primarily for wildlife value, providing a pleasant walk to and from Ashtead Station to the north. It is a more informal area than Ashtead Recreation Ground, which is located opposite

Beare Green

Great Turners Wood

  • Location:  Situated South West of the village, adjacent to HIghland Road.
  • Description:  A 4 hectare woodland site, designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI) with a small area of ancient woodland.  It has a stream and is situated on heavy clay.  It is important for its woodland flora, butterflies and diversity of habitats

Merebank Open Space

  • Location: Adjacent to the Beare Green Community Centre with access from Willow Close, Merebank and Hawkesmoore Drive
  • Description: Open space with children's playground and basketball court. There is also a small woodland and pond on site


Brockham Green

  • Location: At the centre of the village, from Brockham Lane and Middle Street
  • Description: This picturesque and well-known village green is the venue for the annual Brockham Bonfire, which brings thousands of people to the village, raising money for local charities


Betchworth Park

  • Location: Access from Punchbowl Lane, opposite Ladyegate Road
  • Description: Formerly part of the Deepdene Estate, Betchworth Park is a remnant of the medieval deer park for Betchworth Castle. Footpaths through the parkland provide a pleasant walk around the edge of the golf course. This 15 acre site is part of the former Deepdene estate and along with them benefits from the care of local volunteer group, The Friends of Deepdene.

Chart Park

  • Location: To the south east of Dorking on the A24 just north of the junction with Chart Lane South
  • Description: This area of land, Deepdene Terrace and the Dorking Golf Course, were all originally part of the Deepdene Estate, the home of the Hope family for much of the 19th Century. The site contains the Hope family mausoleum, a Grade ll* listed building recently uncovered and restored with Heritage Lottery Funding.

The Cotmandene

  • Location: South of Dorking High Street
  • Description: This attractive open space is common land with views across Dorking as well as to Boxhill and Ranmore. The site is maintained as meadow grassland with a mown area for informal recreation and provides a quiet spot close to the town centre. A small wooded area separates the open space from the main A24 road

Deepdene Garden

  • Location: Adjacent to Cotmandene off the A24
  • Description:  This garden is the recently uncovered Deepdene Garden.
  • Formed in the mid 17th Century it was probably the first 'true Italian garden' owning to its dramatic landform.  The area was partially restored as part of a recent £1 million Heritage Lottery Funded project and sits at the heart of the Deepdene trail.  There is a downloadable app called 'The Deepdene Trail' which tells the story of this famed landscape and a self-guided trail with information boards throughout the site.

Deepdene Terrace

  • Location: South east of Dorking
  • Description: This is an area of woodland and The Terrace may be approached on foot either from the main A24 road, roughly opposite the junction with Chart Lane North, or from Deepdene Wood. From the top of the Terrace there are fine views across the Weald, and further historic views are being revealed.  This area was the site of a vineyard in the 17th century.

The Glory Woods and Devil's Den

  • Location: This site is only accessible on foot, with pedestrian access sign posted from Dorking town centre via St Paul's Road and the Glory Field. There is also access from the Goodwyns Estate, Claygate Road and the main A24
  • Description: These are areas of deciduous woodland on the sandstone hills to the south of Dorking.  There are two self-guided trails around the woods, one circular and the other providing an interesting route from Dorking to North Holmwood. The southern part of the site, known as the Devil's Den, is mainly oak woodland, with an area of sweet chestnut coppice

The Nower and Milton Heath

  • Location: On the western edge of Dorking with access from Coldharbour Lane, Hampstead Lane and the A25 Westcott Road
  • Description: This site comprises of a mixture of open grassland, sandy heathland and woodland with magnificent views across The Weald to the south and to Ranmore, Box Hill and the North Downs. Parking is available on Milton Heath from the access on Westcott Road. Two self-guided trails are set out around the site, with details on the information boards at Coldharbour Lane and the Milton Heath car park

Pippbrook Grounds

  • Location: Between the A24 Reigate Road and London Road
  • Description: The gardens behind Pippbrook were originally the grounds of Pippbrook House, a listed Victorian Gothic style building by Sir George Gilbert Scott. Within the grounds are a number of tennis courts, managed by Dorking Sports Centre, a bowling green and pavilion of Pippbrook Bowling Club

South Street Gardens

  • Location: South Street, Dorking
  • Description: A small paved area in Dorking where the war memorial is located. It has benches available for public use and is sometimes used as an open air concert/theatre space by community groups.

Fetcham and Bookham

Ridgeway Garden

  • Location: The Ridgeway, Fetcham
  • Description: Small formal garden adjoining Fetcham Parish Church containing a War Memorial. The garden provides a very quiet spot close to the church

Barn Hall Open Space

  • Location: Access from Mead Crescent and The Garstons, Bookham
  • Description: Small field adjoining the rear of The Old Barn Hall. The Bookham Village Day celebrations are held here each year

Long Copse

  • Location: On the corner of Eastwick Drive and Spring Grove, Bookham
  • Description: Small open space with an open grass area, woodland and two ponds which are part of the surface water drainage system. Fishing rights on the ponds are licensed to Leatherhead and District Angling Society


Emlyn Lane - Riverside Area

  • Location: Between the Town Bridge and Waterway Road
  • Description: A small riverside site which forms part of the River Mole Corridor Local Nature Reserve. Excellent views of Leatherhead's bridges can be seen from here

King George V Garden

  • Location: Bull Hill with further access from the car park in Upper Fairfield Road
  • Description: Small formal garden close to the town centre. Most of the garden is held under covenant and is preserved in perpetuity as a memorial to King George V. Two heraldic panels flank the entrance steps opposite the Randalls Road junction, which has been supplemented by public art.

The Mansion Gardens

  • Location: Access to the garden can be gained from Vicarage Lane, off Church Street, or from the riverside footpath off Minchin Close
  • Description: This small formal garden was once part of the mansion which now houses the local library and Registry Office and is an attractive, quiet area close to the town centre overlooking the river. The islands in the river are owned by the council and provide a valuable habitat for wildlife as part of the River Mole Local Nature Reserve.  The far bank of the river has a riverside footpath that runs from the Town Bridge to Thorncroft Bridge, along the edge of the grounds of Leatherhead Leisure Centre.

Park Gardens

  • Location: On the corner of Dorking Road and Church Road, at the top of Gimcrack Hill
  • Description: These picturesque ornamental gardens form the frontage to the parish church with extensive views to the Fetcham Downs, Norbury Park and up the Mole Valley

Red House Grounds

  • Location: Between Randalls Road and Station Road (in the centre of the one way system)
  • Description: This informal area was originally the garden of The Red House. The site is close to the town centre and provides a major footpath route between the railway station and the town. A play area and trim trail were installed and the whole site was refurbished, giving central Leatherhead a green space suitable for all.  

River Lane Open Space & Fetcham Splash

  • Location: Along the banks of the River Mole with access from both the Leatherhead and Fetcham ends of River Lane
  • Description: This area is the northern-most tip of the River Mole Corridor Local Nature Reserve. Parts of the site are leased and managed by a local football club and Bookham Riding Club, but the remaining fields are available for walking. Leatherhead Model Flying Club use one of the fields at various times and walkers are advised to take care during this period. An island in the middle of the river can be accessed via a footbridge

North Holmwood

Holmwood Park

  • Location: Access from Chart Gardens
  • Description: The various small amenity areas on this housing estate are maintained as public open spaces, including a small play area on Wildcroft Drive and the balancing pond in Lake View. The northern boundary of the estate is formed by a strip of protected woodland on the edge of the Bentsbrook stream, linking to King George V Playing Field via two footbridges

Inholms Lane Open Space Local Nature Reserve

  • Location: South of Holmwood Park with pedestrian access from the cattle arch under Inholms Lane, at the top of Holmbury Drive
  • Description: This little known area of land was formerly quarried for brick making clay but has now become a haven for wildlife, particularly butterflies. The site is a mixture of open grassland and young woodland and has been designated as a Local Nature Reserve by the Council


Westcott Village Green

  • Location: Off the A25 Guildford Road
  • Description: The small green in the centre of the village is owned and maintained by the Council