Surrey Hills Guidebooks and Maps
Below, RambleFest displays details of Surrey Hills guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online.
Spanning Surrey from east to west, the much-loved, much-used Surrey Hills AONB is a beleaguered green expanse which, together with the Green Belt, hold back London’s advancing commuter sprawl. The Surrey Hills links together a chain of varied upland landscapes including the North Downs, traditionally the day trip destination for southeast London. Rising near Guildford as the narrow Hog’s Back, the ridge of the downs stretches away to the Kent border, an unmistakable chalk landscape of swelling hills and beech-wooded combes with a steep scarp crest looking south to the Weald. The downs are paralleled to the south by an undulating wooded greensand ridge, rising at Leith Hill to southeast England’s highest point (294m). In the west, sandy open heathland, typified by Frensham Common, stretches away to the Hampshire border.
The Surrey Hills Guidebooks
We display the rambling books we have found. Many are out of print, but available from third-parties via Amazon. We welcome suggestions for inclusion.
“The Surrey Hills is a nationally important Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covering a quarter of the county of Surrey. Its boundary stretches from Farnham in the west to Oxted in the east and extends all the way to Haslemere in the south. The area has inspired many artists and writers and is very popular with visitors; an extensive network of foot paths, bridleways and cycle routes takes walkers and cyclists to remote villages, isolated hamlets and beauty spots like Leith Hill, Box Hill, Holmbury Hill and the Devil’s Punch Bowl. The bustling market towns of Dorking, Farnham, Guildford, Reigate, Haslemere and Cranleigh offer cobbled streets, twisting lanes, centuries-old buildings and castles as well as a variety of shops and restaurants. There are also plenty of tiny hamlets and villages with Norman and medieval churches, extensive village greens, characteristic old inns, pubs and blacksmiths. Many houses in the area are in a characteristic “Surrey style” introduced here by the Arts and Crafts movement. Winding country lanes with high banks as well as old signs and milestones reinforce the rural character of a bygone era. The Surrey Hills is also a place where many historic houses and extensive parklands are open for visitors. The stunning scenery of the Surrey Hills AONB boasts a traditional landscape of rolling hills, wooded hillsides and waterways that combine with vibrant market towns, picturesque villages and historic country houses to make it an ideal place to live in, work in and to visit. With more than 200 striking images and a detailed and informed text, The Surrey Hills is the ideal companion guide to this magical place, that will be prized by resident and visitor alike.”
– The Surrey Hills, by Beata Moore
“This collection of 20 tried-and-tested circular walks has been written specifically for dogs and their owners, allowing for maximum off-lead time. These routes, covering every corner of the Surrey Hills, will allow you to explore somewhere new, safe in the knowledge that the surroundings will be suitable for your dog. The hills stretch from the county border with Kent almost to Hampshire and were officially designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1958. Explore Leith Hill, Box Hill and the Devil’s Punch Bowl as well as the extensive footpaths and tracks including the famous North Downs Way, Greensand Way and the ancient Pilgrims Way. There are many open commons and rolling hillsides, dotted with rural pubs, market towns and villages, rich in wildlife and woodland, making the Surrey Hills an ideal place to walk your dog. All the walks include details of: * Distance and terrain * Details of livestock and stiles * Recommended dog-friendly pubs and cafes * Numbered route directions * Points of interest along the way * Contact details for the nearest vets David and Hilary Staines are the authors of many popular dog walking guides, including Kent: A Dog Walker’s Guide and East Sussex: A Dog Walker’s Guide.”
– The Surrey Hills A Dog Walker’s Guide (20 Dog Walks)
The Surrey Hills Maps
The Ordnance Survey `Explorer’ maps are available in standard quality (shown) as well as the all-weather type. We also include the excellent Surrey Hills Adventure Atlas.
“The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors. The Surrey Hills is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covering 163 sq miles. Stretching across the chalk North Downs, the Surrey Hills links the South Downs National Park in the south west to the Kent Downs AONB in the east. This A-Z Adventure Atlas of the Surrey Hills features 62 pages of continuous Ordnance Survey mapping covering: Haslemere, The Devil’s Punch Bowl, Godalming, Dorking, Reigate, Leith Hill, Box Hill and Oxted. Unlike the original OS sheets, this A-Z Adventure Atlas includes a comprehensive index to towns, villages, hamlets and locations, natural features, nature reserves, car parks and youth hostels, making it easy to find the required location quickly. Each index entry has a page reference and a six figure National Grid Reference. With a book size of 240mm x 134mm it is the same size as the standard folded OS map. Also included is safety and security advice when walking and a selection of QR codes to access useful websites with your smartphone. The Adventure Series includes publications covering National Parks, National Trails and other popular destinations.”
– Surrey Hills Adventure Atlas
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