Enjoying Mole Valley’s Open Spaces

Mole Valley is know for its stunning landscapes.

To ensure everyone can enjoy our wonderful countryside, we have put together some helpful guidance.

Be safe

Practise good hand hygiene for safety and head home if you’re not feeling well. You can always return another day!

Enjoy Mole Valley and remember it is for everyone, so be aware of others at all times including local residents, businesses, people and animals.

Be tidy

Help keep our lovely open spaces free of litter by taking yours home and bag and bin dog poo too!

See the devastating impact of dog waste on cattle ›

Enjoy your picnic, but please remember BBQs and fires are prohibited. Protect the views, the environment and animals by leaving nothing but footprints.

Be kind

Keep dogs under control and be considerate to other visitors and residents when parking. A cheery wave or a nod might just make someone’s day!

If there is livestock, keep your dog on a lead. If you meet a horse, please don’t feed it (it can cause them harm).

If it’s muddy, don’t forget your wellies! Step on through muddy paths rather than walking around the edges and trampling flowers and fauna.

Be prepared

Before you head out, take a look at the Countryside Code for lots of advice on having an enjoyable and safe visit, including information on footpath right of ways.

Check before you travel that hospitality, car parks and facilities are open.

Our beautiful open spaces can get over-crowded. If it’s busy when you arrive, why not explore somewhere new? Make plans for alternatives in advance.

Places to explore

Chart Park

Chart Park

At this spectacular parkland setting you can witness a range of wildlife and flowers. Located near The Deepdene Terrace and Dorking Golf Club.

Location: Dorking, Surrey, RH5 4BX

Holmwood Common

Circular Walk on Holmwood Common

There is a flat surfaced circular walk on Holmwood Common.

With its mix of dappled woodland and sunny clearings this is a wildlife playground stretching over 650 acres.

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An open green space perfect for a short walk or picnic in the fresh air, located just behind the high street.

Location: Cotmandene, Dorking, RH4 2BT

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great-turners-woodsGreat Turners Woods

A rectangular parcel of land bordered to the north by Highland Road and Oak End to the west. The site itself consists of grass and undergrowth/immature trees that have grown up over time. It is generally flat but rises on its boundary with Highland Road.

Location: Situated south west of the village, adjacent to Highland Road.

Google map of Turners Wood

greensand-wayGreensand Way: Dorking to Reigate Walk

This mainly level walk follows the River Mole upstream from the foot of Box Hill through the picturesque villages of Brockham, Betchworth and Skimmington, woodland and open spaces, ending in the grounds of Reigate Priory.

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leatherhead-common-credit-andy-scottLeatherhead Common

An easy, levelled walk surrounded by beautiful woodland.

Location: Leatherhead, KT22 0EF

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leatherhead-mickleham-loop-credit-andy-scottLeatherhead to Mickleham Loop

A beautiful, leisurely walk surrounded by woodland and some open spaces. It has reasonably levelled ground.

Starting point: Leatherhead station

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Norbury ParkNorbury Park

An incredibly varied natural landscape that includes a large woodland, grassland, river valley and farmland.

This beautiful site is managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust and is perfect for a day of walking or a shorter trip with the family.

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polesdon-lacey-credit-matt-elleryPolesden Lacey to Ranmore

This fantastic route is surrounded by woodland and a beautiful open space. You will not be disappointed by these spectacular views.

Starting point: Great Bookham, Dorking, RH5 6BD

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the-deepdene-trailThe Deepdene Trail

Just a 15-minute walk from Dorking high street you’ll find the amazing landscape of the Deepdene estate gardens.

It’s full of history, nature and hidden treasures including the 19th century Hope Mausoleum, the magnificent grotto and romantic tower.

Location: Deepdene Avenue, Dorking, RH5 4AE

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mole-gap-trailThe Mole Gap Trail

The Mole Gap Trail is a 10-kilometre walking route alongside the River Mole, linking the towns of Dorking and Leatherhead. This spectacular trail runs through Norbury Park, the village of Westhumble and across the beautiful Denbies Wine Estate.

Starting Point: Leatherhead Train Station (grid ref 163 569)

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the-nowerThe Nower

Milton Heath and The Nower is a beautiful 16 hectare nature reserve located west of Dorking in Surrey. This spectacular site has large areas of green land, woodland and heath.

Location: The Nower, RH4 3JU

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riverside-path-from-thorncroft-to-common-meadow-credit-nigel-coxRiverside Path from Thorncroft to Common Meadow

An excellent route surrounded by beautiful landscape. This route is one of the most publicly accessible stretches of the River Mole. A beautiful scenic walk in a predominantly open area.

Starting point: Town Bridge, Leatherhead

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the-thames-downsThe Thames Down

The Thames Downs is a beautiful, scenic 15 mile walk connecting the Thames Path at Kingston upon Thames to the North Downs Way at Westhumble.

Location: KT22 9DX

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