It is easy to take the rich British country and culture for granted amongst the stresses and strains of modern life. In a nation so developed and complicated, do not forget to lift your head up to embrace what there is on offer.
The Surrey Hills has a beautiful mix of stunning green scenery and historic towns that we should all try to visit and appreciate more often. Including historic sites, quiet spots for contemplation and quaint towns and villages; there is a wealth of culture to enjoy right on your doorstep.
Smithbrook Tuition is set right in the heart of God’s green Earth. Nestled away in the trees and fields, not only makes a quiet spot to further one’s intellectual capacity, but the perfect location to explore the lands that have brought prosperity to British life.
Over the years we have taken the time to find some of those unique spots that are perfect for an adventure. Here are some places that you may well have been, or visit regularly, without appreciating what makes them special.
The old English market town of Farnham has impressive, Georgian architecture that mixes modern life against a historic backdrop. The town is a starting point for the North Downs Trail and is a hotspot for walking and cycling. Take in the stunning panoramic views between Farnham and Guildford while you get lost in the peace and quiet of the countryside.
The ruins around Waverley, that were in their prime during the 14th century, are a quiet spot to unwind during a sunny afternoon. Farnham’s museum, aptly named the Museum of Farnham, is the place to learn about the local history and is set in the Georgian house located towards the end of West Street. A scenic walled garden, well-stocked library and plethora of childrens’ activities offers a great blend of history, fun and exhibitions for a free day out.
Overlooking the town is, Farnham Castle which played host to hundreds of years of local religion, war and heritage that forms the building blocks to the world we now live in. During Summer months, the grounds are open to the public with guided tours that show an insight into the 800 years when the castle was occupied by the Bishops of Winchester.
Dorking is a place that really is in the heart of the Surrey Hills and has come to represent an iconic part of modern British history. It boasts a variety of activities that includes England’s biggest vineyard in Denbies Wine Estate and a place that had the eyes of the world transfixed upon during the 2012 London Olympic Games, Box Hill.
If Sir Brad and the boys have inspired you with their world domination over recent years, you could try and retrace Team GB’s pedal strokes up Box Hill. Do not feel like you have to ride up the hills as effortlessly as the pros, take your time with a picnic or try out one of the many local pubs that sit upon the surrounding hills.
For something less energetic try Denbies Wine Estate. Get a spot of lunch in their restaurant before heading out to tour the grounds on their train. You will get to learn all about the development of English wine, how the local terrain provides different grape tastes and it comes with a glass of local bubbles on the hilltop.
Godalming’s cute cobbled streets, surrounded by historical buildings, are easy to take for granted and so too the luscious countryside that is filled with life. Have you ever thought to take a rowing boat out on the River Wey, read up on its history or get lost in the local woodlands?
You have probably noticed the Pepper Pot, a true symbol of Godalming. The old town hall and market house is now over 200 years old. It stands just down the high street from what used to be the White Hart Inn. Whisper has it that the inn, which dates back to the 16th century, once housed the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin.
If you are looking for a new, local adventure to embark upon, pop over to Farncombe Boat House and rent a boat for the morning. Row, row, row your boat gently towards Guildford and when the time suits, stop for a pub lunch before heading back.
To further enjoy the local countryside head up Brighton Road to Winkworth Arboretum and get lost on foot or on bike. These National Trust lands have an abundance of life, that include rare animal species and well over 1000 different trees and shrubs. Pick different seasons to visit and take in how beautiful the spring bloom contrasts with autumn’s bold crisp richness. Picnic or tea rooms for refreshment, that is your choice.
This kooky town pulls the corners of Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire together making it a starting point for a new afternoon adventure.
Enjoy the shops, that bring you an eclectic mix, before learning about the roots of this provincial market town in the 100-year-old museum. The museum is also home to incredible geology and artefacts; many of which represent stone age Britain.
For some fresh air, venture out into the wild to marvel at the Devils Punch Bowl. Now that the A3 has gone underground and the road around the top of the Punch Bowl has been closed, it truly is a place to either enjoy views from the upper ring or get lost in the trees. Mountain bikers can find routes to ride up and down the largest spring formed feature in Britain.
If you are looking for refreshment nip over to Grayshott Pottery. Hidden in amongst Grayshott’s village trees, the pottery is a different amenity to explore with a little tea room serving easy food for all the family. Whilst you are there, take up one of their tours and do a little shopping. The gift shop has a myriad of interesting products that are perfect for birthdays and stocking fillers.
There is so much sitting under our noses across Surrey and there is far too much for us to mention here. Next time the sun pops into the sky, go out and explore the local area. Take in the natural rolling hills and the history that built the local towns. If you have any favourite spots that you would like to share with us then get in touch.
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