13 Outdoors- Other to explore in Surrey
Surrey is a county in South East England which borders Kent to the east, a very short border with East Sussex to the southeast, West Sussex to the south, Hampshire to the west, Berkshire to the northwest, and Greater London to the northeast. With about 1.2 million people, Surrey is the 12th-most populous English county, the third-most populous home county, after Kent and Essex, and the third-most populous in the Southeast, after Hampshire and Kent.
Albury is a small, family-run biodynamic vineyard located in the beautiful Surrey Hills. Originally best known for their Silent Pool Rosé which was served on the Royal Barge to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, Albury’s still and sparkling wines have since won numerous international awards and local accolades. The vineyard is located on the North Downs Way at the Silent Pool, rumoured to be haunted but well known for beautiful walks and cycle routes.
Ashtead Common is an absolute treasure, right on the doorstep of SW London. Wide grassy avenues, dormice, an ancient earthwork & the site of an Old Roman Villa are all there. It is owned and managed by the City of London Corporation. 180.5 ha of the common are a National Nature Reserve. Together with Epsom Common it forms part of a larger area of open countryside called Epsom and Ashtead Commons, which is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Bourne Wood is a quiet ancient woodland with mixed conifers and semi-natural broadleaf trees. The sand soil provides a good walking surface, and the many public footpaths give great access to the woodland, where you can take in the beautiful natural scenery. There is a car park and picnic area.
Chobham Common is the largest National Nature Reserve in the south-east of England and one of the finest remaining examples of lowland heath in the world. It contains three scheduled monuments. Most of the site is managed by the Surrey Wildlife Trust as the Chobham Common nature reserve,but the SSSI also includes a small private reserve managed by the Trust, Gracious Pond.
The Devil’s Punchbowl is a unique 1,310 acre geological wonder where visitors can walk, hike or take a horseback ride on a 7.5 mile round-trip trail through a deep canyon formed by the runoff of large quantities of water from the higher San Gabriel Mountains. The Punch Bowl is a large natural amphitheatre and is the source of many stories about the area. The London to Portsmouth road skirted the rim of the site before the Hindhead Tunnel was built in 2011.
Godstone Farm is home to over 500 animals both large and small. Meet horses, sheep, donkeys, goats, cows and llamas, and get up close to piglets, rabbits, guinea pigs and chicks. It was set in the beautiful Surrey Hills and a short, easy distance from the M25. As well as the animals, the farm offers tractor rides and indoor and outdoor play devices, including tailored activities in the play barn.
Horsell Common is a 355-hectare (880-acre) open space in Horsell, near Woking in Surrey. It is owned and managed by the Horsell Common Preservation Society. An area of 152 hectares is a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area.
Horton Country Park is a rural landscape of fields, hedgerows, ancient woods and ponds of great wildlife and historical interest. The park is a wooded recreation and amenities area occupying the east of a narrow upland watershed between two tributaries. Part of the area is occupied by Hobbledown Children's Farm, which contains various folkloric themed adventure playgrounds and a small zoo hosting domestic farm animals, and exotics such as meerkat, nilgai, emu and Bactrian camel.
Lightwater Country Park is situated on the edge of Lightwater Village and extends to 59 hectares. The Country Park is predominately heathland habitat, but there are also ponds, woodland, meadows and areas of scrub. The park is open to the public year-round, and day-ticket fishing is available during the fishing season.
Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey is a National Trust place with over 1000 types of trees and shrubs alive with colour in autumn. The 95 acres arboretum was founded by Dr Wilfrid Fox, starting in 1938 and continuing through World War II. He cleared the land and planted it with carefully chosen trees and shrubs to maximise its autumnal appearance. Once it was established, he presented it to the National Trust in 1952.
Newlands Corner is an area of open chalk downland with plenty of woodlands to explore, offering visitors spectacular views across the Weald the ridge of the South Downs. The woodlands here are mixed, with some deciduous trees like oak and birch, plus evergreen yew. Some of the yew trees are hundreds of years old. The woods shelter roe deer and are home to green woodpeckers, nuthatches and tawny owls. One of the iconic location for a day out and also trekking is possible here.
A popular location rfor many families living within Surrey. It has a fantastic children's play area with sand and water features and a huge wooden ship. For sports fans there are four tennis courts, a skatepark, cricket square, croquet lawn, football pitches and multiuse games area.
Nestled in a woodland valley just outside the village of Ockley lies a sculpture garden unlike any other. Created over 35 years ago, The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden exhibits an ever-changing collection of contemporary sculpture throughout the magical gardens. Surrounding a 15th century, Grade 2 listed cottage, the grounds have been lovingly restored and reinvented over the past 40 years by owner and renowned landscape designer Anthony Paul.