Noar Hill Nature Reserve

Noar Hill by Ian Cameron Reid

Noar Hill by Ian Cameron Reid

The perfect location for a picturesque summer walk



GU34 3LW

OS Map Reference

SU 742 319
A static map of Noar Hill Nature Reserve

Know before you go

20 hectares

Entry fee

Donations welcome

Parking information

Parking available Selborne Village, 1 mile to the northwest of the nature reserve

Grazing animals

Cattle from mid summer, sheep in autumn.

Walking trails

Paths are unsurfaced and there is some bare chalk that is slippery when wet. Very steep slopes amongst the pits. There are bridle gates and kissing gates at the entrances to the central pits. Please keep to the paths to avoid trampling the plants.


GU34 3JR takes you to the Selborne Arms, Selborne.

From Selborne Arms in the village, take the lane Selborne Commons. As lane bends right, take the footpath to footpath junction. Turn left, then take the lane opposite and turn left into the bridleway.

Bus stop: Selborne Arms, Selborne (1 1/2 miles). Alton to Petersfield route (Stagecoach) every 2 hours.

Contact the Trust for disabled access information


Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Visit in summer to see a variety of orchids and butterflies

About the reserve

Once the site of medieval chalk workings, this 20 hectare nature reserve is now carpeted with an array of beautiful chalk downland flowers every spring and summer, including juniper and pyramidal orchid. The vibrant flowers and the butterflies that feed on them create an oasis of colour among the surrounding fields of crops. A walk through this unusual and historic landscape is always a fascinating experience with its ridges, banks and hollows that create little niches for all kinds of plants and animals.

Contact us

Mike Allen
Contact number: 07831 692963

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map