Natural Play in Surrey

Get outside with the little ones and try a natural play trail!

Whether it’s building rafts, flying down zip-wires, or going on a nature walk, there’s plenty for kids to see and do in Surrey’s countryside.

Sometimes it may seem hard to prise them away from their gadgets and into the outdoors, especially when it’s cold outside, but there are plenty of opportunities to encourage kids to get active and explore what Surrey has to offer.

Take for example, Surrey Outdoor Learning & Development (SOLD), who run three outdoor pursuits centres based in High Ashurst near Dorking in the Surrey Hills, Henley Fort, on the North Downs Way in Guildford and Thames Young Mariners in Richmond.

Another place for kids to explore, have fun and burn off some energy is Leith Hill and Tower near Dorking, the highest point in south east England. The area has lots of walking trails, plenty of wildlife and trees to spot and is topped off with amazing views that stretch out across the county.

For more high spots, the National Trust at Box Hill offer a very popular woodland playtrail. 

Surrey benefits from having three national nature reserves located at ChobhamThursley and Ashtead. Thursley and Chobham NNRs have huge areas of open dry heathland, particularly beautiful when the heather is out and where you'll discover a wealth of wildlife.

Ashtead Common NNR is an area of grassland with nearly 1,000 ancient oak trees which are home to many rare insects. There are also 42 local nature reserves (LNRs) dotted around the county.  So why not take a closer look at what Surrey’s outdoor playground has to offer - there’s something everywhere for everyone to enjoy.


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