Henley Fort

  • Henley Fort Henley Fort, built during the reign of Queen Victoria
  • Home guard hut Home guard hut
  • The yurts at Henley Fort The yurts at Henley Fort
  • The interior of our Mongolian Yurts The interior of our Mongolian Yurts
  • Henley Fort, on Hog's Back above Guildford Henley Fort, on Hog's Back above Guildford

Outdoor experiences and activities

Henley Fort is a Victorian Fort built during the late 19th Century to protect London from invasion by the French; later it was used by the Home Guard in World War 2 as a re-supply depot. It is now an outdoor education facility offering groups a chance to take part in challenging activities or a living historical experience.

The centre is located on the Hog's Back high above Guildford and not only offers a wide range of centre based activities but also the chance to explore the surrounding countryside and the Wey Navigation (canal). The Victorian Fort provides a stunning setting for our Home Guard history days.

All activities are delivered by our qualified and experienced outdoor education workers. Whether you book for one day, a week or a weekly programme, our staff will facilitate a structured outdoor experience and engage with your group to maximise their learning opportunities.

Activities available at Henley Fort include: adventure/night walks, archery, canal boating, canoeing, challenge course, climbing and abseiling/bouldering, mountain biking, orienteering, team tasks, woodland skills and the 1940's World War 2 Home Front experience. Please find our activity descriptions here.

Activities can be adapted for disabled groups. Further information about our inclusive activities for groups with additional needs can be downloaded here.

What we can offer you at Henley Fort

Location of Henley Fort

Henley Fort Outdoor Education Centre
The Mount

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SAT NAV details for Henley Fort

Cars, minibuses and mini-coaches

SAT NAV users should input the postcode GU2 4RH which will take you to the turning circle halfway up The Mount. Once you get to the turning circle please continue onto the bridleway until you reach Henley Fort. There is limited on-site parking for cars, minibuses and mini-coaches.


There is no access for coaches. Please see the directions tab for the location of the coach drop off point.

Directions to Henley Fort

Directions (without SAT NAV)

By train

The closest train station is:

  • Guildford

Taxis are available if you do not wish to walk.

By coach

There is no direct access to Henley Fort for coaches. However, we can meet your group at the drop off point to start a guided walk to the centre. If coming for a residential we will collect your luggage and transfer it to the centre while you undertake your guided walk. This must be booked and arranged in advance so our instructors know to meet you.

Download directions to the coach drop off point - please give these to your coach company.