THIS PAGE IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION: YOU CAN STILL ACCESS THE ATTACHED PDF DOCUMENT FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE DOWNS
Epsom and Walton Downs
The Downs are private land owned by Epsom Downs Racecourse and managed by the Conservators through an Act of Parliament.
The Conservators’ principal obligations are to enable the training of the 150 racehorses and associated staff that currently use the gallops up until noon every day, to preserve the Downs in their natural state of beauty, to maintain the public’s right of access and to ensure that the various users respect each other’s rights and the Downs environment.
For further information about the Downs, please see the attached Epsom and Walton Downs document at the bottom of this page.
Metal Detecting on The Downs
Applications for 2020 metal detecting licences are now closed. Applications will reopen on the first working day of January 2021.
If you would like to apply to hold an event on Epsom and Walton Downs, please see the application pack and associated information in the Epsom and Walton Downs pdf document below.
For all racing events held at Epsom Racecourse, please click on the link below or visit the Jockey Club's website www.thejockeyclub.co.uk
Epsom and Walton Downs, famous for its racecourse, is an area of 600 acres of unspoilt downland. The view takes in the whole of London as well as large areas of rural Surrey.
The area is an important chalk grassland habitat and there are a number of rare plant species present in some locations on the Downs. These include three national scarcities: the Round-Headed Rampion, Bastard-Toadflax and Chalk Hill Eyebright. The variety of habitats also provides breeding and feeding places for several declining bird species such as the Skylark. Important populations of Small Blue and Chalk Hill Blue Butterflies are also present.
The Conservators are responsible for managing Epsom and Walton Downs and they employ a dedicated team of Downskeepers who manage the Downs on a day to day basis. The documents that govern the use, management and maintenance of the Downs can be found below.