High Ashurst

High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre is set in 56 acres of woodland on Box Hill, near Dorking, in the tranquil Surrey Hills 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. The site has a colourful history with records dating back to 1706. Today High Ashurst is a wonderful wide-open space for learning and self-discovery in the natural environment.

Outdoor experiences and activities

The centre offers a wide range of activities, including high ropes and a new state of the art climbing tower. The adjacent heathland is ideal for mountain biking and orienteering. All our activities are delivered by qualified and experienced outdoor instructors. 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 High Ashurst include: adventure/night walks, archery, challenge course, climbing and abseiling, high ropes, mountain biking, orienteering, team tasks and woodland skills. Please find our activity descriptions here.

Activities can be adapted for disabled groups and there is an off-road wheel chair trail and orienteering course. Further information about our inclusive activities for groups with additional needs can be downloaded here.

What we can offer you at High Ashurst


Location of High Ashurst

High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre
Headley Lane

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SAT NAV details for High Ashurst

Cars, minibuses and mini-coaches

SAT NAV users should input the postcode RH5 6DG for accurate directions to the entrance to High Ashurst's driveway. 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 High Ashurst

Directions (without SAT NAV)

*This is a strict one way system, and is not the preferred route into the centre.

By train

The closest train stations are:

  • Dorking (main)
  • Dorking Deepdene
  • Box Hill and Westhumble
  • Betchworth
  • Leatherhead

Taxis are available at Dorking (main) and Leatherhead stations.

By coach

There is no direct access to High Ashurst for coaches. However, we are happy to arrange a minibus pick-up from an accessible local car park at Rykas Cafe for such groups. This must be booked and arranged in advance.

Download directions to Rykas Cafe car park - please give these to your coach company.

Contact the business support team

Should you have any questions about any aspect of a visit to High Ashurst please contact our Business Support team during office hours.