2018 marks 60 years since the Surrey Hills was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). You can understand why as this is such a magical place to visit, with its diverse landscape, which includes woodland, downs and heathland.
Some of the most familiar beauty spots in England are also found within the Surrey Hills including Box Hill, Leith Hill and the Devil's Punch Bowl. With extensive rights of way, open commons, sunken lanes, easy access, picnic sites, attractive market towns and villages, it has long been a favourite playground for local people and visitors keen to enjoy the fresh air and outstanding scenery.
With around 30 million visitors annually Surrey Hills wanted to encourage visitors to travel sustainably and approached Pindar Creative to produce a series of posters for railway stations along the Guildford to Gatwick North Downs Railway Line, promoting the links to the North Downs Way and other locals trails.
The posters show an overview map of the Surrey Hills AONB, a detailed map centred on the station and information of local trails, and form part of a partnership project between Surrey Hills AONB, the North Downs Community Rail Partnership, North Downs Way National Trail, ACoRP, and Great Western Railway. A line guide was also produced to encourage sustainable travel to and through the area.The Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is only 28 miles from London and home to thousands of commuters. As 2018 marks 60 years since the Surrey Hills was officially designated an AONB, we are taking every opportunity to raise public awareness of our beautiful landscape and encourage visitors to access it sustainably to safeguard it into the future.
Marketing Communications Officer, Surrey Hills AONB Board