Escape to Surrey’s hills and English gardens

Dorking, Surrey

With wonderful English gardens like RHS Wisley, the hills of Box Hill and Leith Hill and access to the North Downs Way, Surrey is a real rural treat.

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Surrey is lucky enough to be one-quarter countryside and is also the most wooded county in England. Although close to London, it abounds with classic English countryside scenes, from woods to heathlands and grasslands. 

Take a boat on the river Thames near Egham with the French Brothers. You can enjoy seeing historic Runnymede and Ankerwyke whilst enjoying lunch or afternoon tea on the boat. 

Explore the three hills surrounding Dorking – Box Hill, Leith Hill and Ranmore – before walking back into the town of Dorking for refreshments. You can walk along the North Downs Way and perhaps stop off in one of the villages of Shere, Abinger or Albury to enjoy a pint whilst watching a match of village cricket on the green. 

For beautiful English gardens, RHS Wisley is just off the M25. Discover horticultural highlights and get some ideas to take home to your own garden.

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