2018 marks the 60 anniversary since the Surrey Hills was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Surrey Hills was one of the first landscapes in the country to be designated in 1958 and is now one of 38 AONBs in England and Wales, other well-known AONBs include the Cotswolds, Chilterns, Kent Downs and more...
The Surrey Hills stretch across rural Surrey, from the chalk North Downs that run from Farnham in the west, above Guildford, Dorking and Reigate, to Oxted in the east, covering a quarter of the county.
Some of the most familiar beauty spots in England are found within the Surrey Hills including Box Hill, Leith Hill and the Devil’s Punch Bowl. With extensive rights of way, open commons, sunken lanes, easy access, picnic sites, attractive market towns and villages, it has long been a favourite playground for local people and visitors keen to enjoy the fresh air and outstanding scenery.
Plans are well underway to celebrate the anniversary and, as well as the Festival of Sport, will include a series of vintage-inspired Surrey Hills prints. Artist Louise Dunckley from Illustrations & Prints is creating 6 posters of the Surrey Hills landscape which include; the Devil’s Punchbowl, Leith Hill, Frensham Ponds, Newlands Corner, Box Hill and the North Downs Way.
There will also be a series of postcards free with suggestions for days out in the Surrey Hills with easy public transport links. A 60 reasons to visit the Surrey Hills website section will highlight iconic and more unusual features to encourage visitors to explore the Surrey Hills.
A Surrey Hills themed calendar and photography exhibition in partnership with Surrey Life magazine and a 60th Anniversary booklet, titled “The Surrey Hills AONB – 60 Years of Landscape Change” which will research the history of the Surrey Hills.
The Surrey Hills team will be at the Festival to answer any questions and highlight all the wonderful activities available for people to enjoy throughout the year.