Shabden and Upper Gatton Parks

Cattle in the Shabden Valley © Peter Trimming
St Margaret, Chipstead © John Barrett
Parkland at Upper Gatton Park © Peter Trimming

This circular Walk will lead you past isolated hamlets and pretty villages and guides you through 18th century parkland, with its large mansions, fine specimen trees and extensive views.

The trail starts and finishes at Chipstead Meads Recreation Car Park, near Elmore Pond. The dry chalky soils of the area were traditionally used for sheep grazing for many centuries, which allowed a wide variety of chalk-loving wild flowers and other wildlife to thrive. The chalk grassland is now one of our richest habitats, supporting many rare and scarce species.