|Elevation||179 m (587 ft)|
|Location||Greensand Ridge, England|
|Topo map||OS Landranger 186|
Sometimes known as Hydon Ball, or Cup Hill, it is now in the care of the National Trust. At its highest point is a large stone seat which was placed there in 1915 as a memorial to Octavia Hill, one of the Trust's founders.
It is believed that the term "ball" refers to a signalling station which once stood at the top of the hill.[n 2]
There is a short poem associated with Hydon's Ball, which may explain its other alternative name:
- On Hydon's top there is a cup
- And in that cup there is a drop
- Pick up the cup, and drink the drop
- And place the cup on Hydon's top.
Its slopes are planted with a range of tree species, including native oak, rowan, birch and pine. Two non-native shrubs, Amelanchier and Gaultheria, are said by oral history to have been planted there by landscape gardener Gertrude Jekyll who lived approximately 1.2km to the north at Munstead Wood, Busbridge.
Hydon's Ball is one of the top ten highest points in Surrey. A drinking water underground reservoir with pressure valves and related capabilities is beneath the summit.
Though reached through winding roads Hydon's Ball is centred 2.8 miles (4.5 km) south of Godalming which sits by the A3, in central southern England. The nearest village is south, Hambledon, that has a large public house (The Merry Harriers) and a village shop.
At 1.2 miles (1.9 km) along a largely unpaved road, Milford railway station is nearest to the hill on the direct line between London and Portsmouth.
Notes and references
- above the Devil's Punch Bowl
- Typically, "ball" signalling stations were used to synchronize the time visually at given points during the day across long distances.
- Hydon's Ball and Heath information at the National Trust National Trust information Retrieved 2013-11-04