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 adventure/night walks, archery, challenge course, climbing and abseiling on our state of the art climbing tower, high ropes, mountain biking, orienteering, team tasks and woodland skills. 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 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.

Accommodation at High Ashurst

At High Ashurst we provide a variety of accommodation for our visitors including log cabins, teepees and camping.

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Catering options at High Ashurst

We can cater for most specialised diets as all meals are freshly prepared on site.

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The Adventure Zone (TAZ)

Evening, weekend and school holiday activities (including archery, climbing, team games, low and high ropes... etc.) to suit all age groups from 6 to 16.

Discover what adventures you can have with TAZ »

Conference and meeting rooms

  • Small meeting rooms (up to 12 people)
  • Large meeting/conference room (maximum 96 people)
  • On-site catering available for meetings and conferences

For more in-depth information please visit our meetings and conferences page »

Duke of Edinburgh's Award residentials

We offer action-packed, outdoor activity programmes at High Ashurst and at our other centres.

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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.