Posted by Devenia Besant on 21 Jul 2020

With many days ahead of us to keep the children happy and making the most of all of their energy, here is a quick short list of local trails, reserves or woodlands to visit and lose hours in:

Banstead Woods and Chipstead Downs Nature Reserve

Iconic characters from ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ have been brought to life at an enchanting Narnia themed nature trail at the new Banstead Woods and Chipstead Downs Local Nature Reserve.

Address: Holly Lane, Banstead, Surrey CR5 3NR.

More information can be found here.

Box Hill’s Natural Play Trail

The National Trusts Box Hill Natural Play Trail is a two-mile level walk and a great chance to play in the woods. The trail can take anything from an hour to a whole day. There are lots of trees and structures to climb on, but be careful, they might be muddy and slippery.

Address: Visitor Centre, The Old Fort, Box Hill Road, Tadworth, Surrey KT20 7LB

More information can be found here.

Hogsmill River Trial 

A 7km (4.5 mile linear) walk from Ewell West rail station to Malden Manor rail station, following the course of the Hogsmill River and part of the London Loop long distance path.

This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council.

Details of Part 1 can be found here.

Details of Part 2 can be found here.

Horton Country Park

Horton Country Park is ideal for walking and cycling.

Horton Country Park is situated 1½ miles west of Epsom and covers 400 acres, of which half is public open space. The Country Park is a Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI) with the public open space being designated as a Local Nature Reserve in 2004; this means that there is a strong emphasis on nature conservation.

More information can be found here.

Langley Vale Woods

Enjoy a walk through the greenery of Langley Vale.

The largest of  four First World War Centenary Woods, Langley Vale Wood has pockets of ancient woodland, diverse and fascinating wildlife and flora, and stunning views over the rolling hills of the North Downs

More information can be found here.

Priest Hill Nature Reserve

Priest Hill has been transformed from abandoned playing fields to a nature reserve.

Nature had reclaimed the playing fields with large areas of rough grassland, scrub and hedgerows having developed over the years. Whilst these habitats supported many species, without management, the site’s diversity was declining, particularly within grassland areas.

Address: Reigate Road, Epsom, Surrey Nearest Postcode: KT17 3BZ
More information can  be found here.
Dee xx


Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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