1. Follow in the footsteps of Pilgrims
The North Downs Way runs along a chalk ridge and despite going through one of the most built-up parts of Britain, it still takes in plenty of quiet, open and beautiful countryside. Starting in Farnham it proceeds all the way to Canterbury, a major centre of Christianity whose cathedral is the mother church of Anglicanism, and then onto the White Cliffs of Dover. There are many circular walks using the trail taking in riverbanks, old commons and passing through picturesque villages.
2. Get inspiration at one of the great gardens of the world
Wisley is the historical home of the Royal Horticultural Society and is undoubtedly one of the great gardens of the world. Highlights include the stunning tropical Glasshouse, Battleston Hill, the Fruit Orchard and dramatic Rock Garden. Whether searching for gardening know-how, seeking a family day out, or simply looking to relax in stunning surroundings, Wisley combines a wealth of gardening inspiration, events and highlights throughout all seasons.
3. All aboard to the London Bus Museum
The London Bus Museum tells the story of the London bus starting with Victorian horse-buses, through to the first motor-buses, the open-toppers of the ‘roaring 20s’, the streamlined designs of the 1930s, on to the famous Routemasters of the 1960s and, finally, the introduction of driver-only buses in the 1970s. Over 30 iconic London buses are always on display, most of them in pristine condition, accompanied by backdrops and displays of associated artefacts such as signs and posters.
4. Visit one of England’s friendliest historic homes
Built in the reign of Elizabeth I, Loseley Park stands in ancient Surrey parkland with stunning views towards the North Downs. It is still the home of the More-Molyneux family and is remarkably unchanged since it was built. Outside there is an elegant walled garden with an award-winning rose garden, flower, herb, vegetable and white garden and a delightful moat walk.
5. Cycle the route of the Olympians
Box Hill, 15 miles east of Guildford, has for decades been a magnet for amateur cyclists drawn to the hairpin bends of its Zig Zag road. The climb was included in the London Olympics road race, a total of nine times in the 155-mile circuit. You may just manage it the once, but it is well worth the effort, if only for the views from the top.
6. Listen to music in a stately home
Hatchlands is set in beautiful parkland and boasts a fantastic array of fine art. However, it is the great collection of keyboard instruments that makes Hatchlands different. There are virginals, harpsichords and piano after piano after piano upon which Bach, Chopin, Mahler and Elgar, to mention but a few, have played. Not to be missed are the lunchtime recitals using these instruments which take place on Wednesdays.
7. Walk the Mole Gap Trail
The River Mole has slowly but surely eroded away – the chalk hills to the north of Dorking to provide one of the most attractive rambles in the county. The Mole Gap Trail is a six-mile, level walk between the high outlooks of Ranmore Common and Box Hill. Starting and finishing at railway stations, it can be enjoyed as a linear walk with the added bonus of a visit to a vineyard en-route.
8. Go on a world of adventures
Chessington World of Adventures is split into ten themed lands and has rides for everyone. It is ideal for smaller children who aren’t big or brave enough to go on lots of rides all day as there’s so much else on offer including a children’s zoo and shark sea-life centre.
9. Raise a glass at one of Surrey’s vineyards
Surrey boasts several vineyards, thanks to the chalky soil and relatively sunny climate. The pick of the bunch are Godstone Vineyard, a small wine grower on a gentle south-facing slope along the North Downs Way, and Denbies Wine Estate, England’s largest vineyard producing a range of internationally award-winning white, red and sparkling wines.
10. Have a hair-raising experience
Thorpe Park is full of white-knuckle rides, Europe’s fastest roller coaster and the world’s only backwards in-the-dark roller coaster. There are also plenty of less hair-raising things for visitors to do across the 50-acre site. Loggers Leap is a comparatively gentle journey, splashing down to give riders a watery soaking, while leisurely boating trip, the Rumba Rapids, is reassuringly less white water and more leisurely boating trip.
If this inspires you, why not browse our selection of holiday parks and caravan parks in Surrey, and see what catches your eye?
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