Inspiring Views Trail is a 9.0 kilometer loop trail located near Cranleigh, Surrey, England that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 9.0 km Elevation Gain: 378 m Route Type: Loop

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

no shade

historic site

pub walk

A circular walk within the Surrey Hills which celebrates the Inspiring Views art project, visiting a number of beautiful viewpoints and discovering the sculptural benches and poetry inspired by these. You will be taken on a peaceful journey through the densely wooded rolling hills, interspersed with breath-taking viewpoints and artwork. The Inspiring Views project, the brainchild of Surrey Hills Arts, aims to discover, reveal and interpret the views from the Surrey Hills. The artworks respond to the location and incorporate seating providing a reason to visit, pause and appreciate the outstanding view. A poet and sound artist have also created a response to the viewpoints to further enhance the visitor experience. The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a couple of fairly steep sections. The steepest climb and descent, over Pitch Hill, can easily be excluded if you prefer. The route follows paths and bridleways through woodland and open grassland, and many sections can be very muddy at times so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the winter months). You will need to negotiate a few steps plus a kissing gate and two stiles. Both stiles have gaps alongside for dogs and, if necessary, the stiles can be avoided be excluding the arm to the Alderbrook Viewpoint. There is no livestock on route. The final stretch, climbing back onto the Greensand Ridge, can get overgrown with bracken in the late summer. There is one short stretch along the edge of a golf course, so take care of any stray flying balls at this point. Allow 3 hours.

hiking
2 days ago

Some people might find starting from car park 3 more convenient (the top right of the trail)

hiking
off trail
4 days ago

Adventurous walk with exquisite views, especially on a nice sunny day, straight from the car park into viewpoint 1 with a very nice art piece/ bench with lots of quotes on. The trail down is a bit dodgy so would advise to be careful easily could trip and hurt yourself so wouldn’t advise for young children or elderly unless very sprite. A few points on the trail had to make our own way. To viewpoint no 2 through the fields wasn’t on the red AllTrails route, so we went another way could of made it much easier to get to, don’t turn left keep going on the trail there’s a left further on which is one straight trail to viewpoint 2. And the very end part going uphill wasn’t a clear trail so made our own way guess it adds to the adventure.

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

amzing views and woodlands,however the last part is tricky, my phone lost signal at a section where there was no tracks, i kepet walking untill i found a track and found my self miles away from the carpark. had to hitchike

hiking
1 month ago

The Hurtwood is lovely but the trail itself seemed to choose the most obscure narrow paths which didn’t make for especially pleasant walking. Many of the paths were so overgrown in July that we could have done with a scythe. Especially for the brambles. Even our Staffie was unimpressed. The loop round to the golf course didn’t add much - I would have preferred more time in the forest. We will come here again to wander in the woods and perhaps reattempt the trail at a different time of year.

hiking
2 months ago

Great walk with fab views. We managed to eat at the Golf Club which was a pleasant interlude. The last waypoint is tricky but just keep going uphill back to the Greensand Ridge. Great app too.

hiking
3 months ago

Great route through the Surrey Hills near Cranleigh

4 months ago

nice trail, but this app does not provide directions

hiking
scramble
4 months ago

Quite nice although the final climb back to the car park is very steep. Lovely views

hiking
4 months ago

The route to Alderbrook view and Coleman’s farm is actually 200m north of what is marked on the maps.

4 months ago

We added a couple of miles to this walk as we started and finished in Rowly so joined the walk at Point 7. We loved this walk and so did our springer spaniel! We thought that the walk up towards Carpark 5 was tougher than Pitch Hill, even though the the paths had been cleared. The whole route was clearly written and easy to follow with the exception of the route down to the road by The Windmill Pub - there are so many bike paths! Not a problem though as you just head downhill! Will definitely do this walk again.

5 months ago

Myself and grandson did this walk last weekend enjoyed it a lot including the hike to the top of pitch hill and the last uphill path to the car park just love this app lots of choice good directions and gps for reassurance

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Beautiful walk, very clear instructions. Dry underfoot, and perfect time for the bluebells (26 April). We did the full walk, taking in Pitch Hill, and it was well worth it....highly recommended walk. All car parks were fully open today.

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Featured Trails