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- Free on-street parking in neighbouring residential streets
- Woodland and small meadow
- Interesting wildlife pond
- Approx. 1.5km would be a typical circular walk
Where you’ll find it…
Find Hare Hill in Ottershaw, just south of the B3121, Spinney Hill, at the top of Spratts Lane, nearest postcode KT15 1AZ. Grid reference TQ 03262 64000. There’s no dedicated car park, but on-street parking is possible in surrounding residential roads (e.g. Slade Road KT16 0HZ, grid reference TQ 03014 63876, from where you can cut through Spratts Alley to Spratts Lane; bottom of Spratts Lane KT16 0HU, grid reference TQ 03161 63825; or Fletcher Close KT16 0JT, grid reference TQ 03108 63659).
What you’ll find there…
If you enter the woodlands from Spratts Alley and Spratts Lane, you’ll pass down an avenue of trees. Take a look at these fine old hornbeams, once a hedge and now just an echo of the woodland’s past. Arriving from the avenue at the pond you’ll find fine oaks too, once part of a field boundary perhaps. These huge old trees must be home to all sorts of wildlife, from tiny insects that live between the layers of a leaf, to woodpeckers and even owls.
And don’t tell Mary Berry, Hare Hill has a soggy bottom! A large pond fed by a nearby spring. Great for wildlife, so the local council ask us to keep dogs out of the water to benefit the creatures that make this soggy patch their home.