Noar Hill Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Entry feeDonations welcome
Parking informationParking available Selborne Village, 1 mile to the northwest of the nature reserve
Grazing animalsCattle from mid summer, sheep in autumn.
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
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitVisit 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.