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    Visitors enjoying new hill

    Visitors enjoying New Hill.

Farthing Downs is part of a larger Site of Special Scientific Interest and one of the sites included in London's third and newest National Nature Reserve; the South London Downs NNR. It has stunning panoramic views across the surrounding countryside and all the way to London and some of the finest chalk grasslands in the capital. 

When you are planning your visit, please be aware of the byelaws which inform what you can and can't do during your visit.

We welcome walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Cycling and horse riding are permitted on the public bridleways and permissive rides as shown on our visitor map.

Dogs are welcome, please familiarise yourself with the guidance below to ensure you're walking your dog responsibly.

We hope you enjoy your visit to Farthing Downs and New Hill.

Contact us

For any further information contact:

City of London Corporation
Merlewood Estate Office
Ninehams Road

Please email the City Commons team to contact us.

01372 2790 83

Or in the case of an emergency please call 01372 2794 88​.

Getting to us

Farthing Downs and New Hill can be visited from several different entrances.


Coulsdon South Railway Station is close to the northern edge of the site and is the easiest way to get to the site, via Ditches Lane. For details of train times, please visit the National Rail website.


The Greyline Bus 60 runs from Croydon towards Coulsdon and stops at the end of Farthing Downs. For information on bus and train times please visit the Traveline website.


Farthing Downs and New Hill lies close to junction 7 of the M25. There is a public car park on Farthing Downs. For the location please see Streetmap or use the AA route planner to plan your journey.

Alternatively, you can plan your journey with the Transport for London Journey Planner

Visitor map and leaflet

Download our Visitor map (590KB) to accompany your visit to Farthing Downs & New Hill.​

Download the Farthing Downs and Happy Valley Trail leaflet (1MB).

Car park opening times

The free public car park is located at the top of the downs, off Ditches Lane. The gate to the car park automatically opens at 7.30am. Closing times change throughout the year according to the time of dusk - see table below.

Public toilets are also available at the car park during car park opening hours.

The site is open all year with a large network of public footpaths and bridleways as well as concessionary rides, including a surfaced track which runs along the main length of the downs. The long-distance London LOOP trail runs through the site.

Car park closing times
Period from Closing time
Monday 4 February 5.30pm
Monday 11 February 5.45pm
Monday 18 February 6.00pm
Monday 25 February 6.15pm
Monday 11 March 6.30pm
Monday 18 March 6.45pm
Monday 25 March 7.00pm
Sunday 31 March 8.00pm
Monday 8 April 8.15pm
Monday 15 April 8.30pm
Monday 22 April 8.45pm
Monday 29 April 9.00pm
Monday 19 August 8.45pm
Monday 26 August 8.30pm
Monday 2 September 8.15pm
Monday 9 September 8.00pm
Monday 16 September 7.45pm
Monday 23 September 7.30pm
Monday 30 September 7.15pm
Monday 7 October 7.00pm
Monday 21 October 6.30pm
Sunday 27 October 5.15pm
Monday 4 November 5.00pm
Monday 11 November 4.45pm
Monday 18 November 4.30pm
Monday 6 January 4.45pm


When the City of London bought the Coulsdon Commons (Coulsdon Common, Farthing Downs and New Hill, Kenley Common and Riddlesdown) in 1883, a set of byelaws were drawn up to help with the management of the site. The latest version of the Coulsdon Commons byelaws is available below.

Download Coulsdon Commons Byelaws (70KB)

Walking your dog responsibly

The Commons are a great place to go for a walk with your dog. Please remember you must be able to control your dog so as not to alarm other people, worry livestock or disturb wildlife.

If your dog is off the lead you must be able to see where it is and it should return to you on your command. If both points are true you are in control of your dog and you are a responsible owner.

Please read notices on gateways. Just because you can't see livestock it doesn't mean they're not there.

  • If you're not sure how your dog will behave around other animals (sheep, deer and other dogs) please put it on a lead.
  • Know where your dog is at all times.
  • No one wants an animal to suffer, so keep in control of your dog. If the worst happens, tell us at once, so we can deal with the situation.