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so much to do

"The Surrey Hills has probably the best walking country within a stones throw of London. Whether you want to hike, mountain bike, visit the local pubs and restaurants, see a show in London or just take it slow - Holly Cottage caters for it all. "

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Listed below are some suggestions on what there is to do in the area. We will continue to update this and welcome suggestions from previous guests!


For The Active

Walk over The Hurtwood – hundreds of open access right on your doorstep. https://friendsofthehurtwood.co.uk/

Mountain Bike throughout the Surrey Hills. Bike Hire available in the village.

Go horseriding at Maple Stud 01483 278384 (Ewhurst/Cranleigh), White Lane Farm http://www.whitelanefarm.co.uk/ or Albury Equestrian Centre http://www.surreyriding.co.uk/  

Golfing and swimming at Cranleigh Golf and Leisure http://cranleighcountryclub.co.uk/

Extensive sports facilities at Surrey Sports Park http://www.surreysportspark.co.uk/

Also at the Spectrum in Guildford http://www.guildfordspectrum.co.uk/ which caters for ice skating and ten pin bowling too

And Cranleigh Leisure Centre https://www.placesforpeopleleisure.org/centres/cranleigh-leisure-centre/


For the Heritage Experience & Gardens

Numerous National Trust properties to visit www.nationaltrust.org. Great for walking, tea rooms and gift shops!

These include:

Polesdon Lacey (Dorking), Hatchlands (Clandon), Clandon Park (Clandon) albeit under restoration due to extensive fire damage. Winkworth Arboretum (Godalming), Claremont Landscape Garden (Esher), Dapdune Wharf (Guildford), small so worth combining with shopping visit to Guildford), Leith Hill Place (Leith Hill/Coldharbour) Petworth House & Park (Petworth, West Sussex), Nymans Gardens (Handcross, West Sussex)

Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley  – Extensive gardens including large glass house, restaurant/tea rooms, gift and plant centre. Various attractions throughout the year.


Towns and Villages of Note:

Peaslake – on the doorstep! Legendary village shop with the best cheese straws in the county. Hurtwood Inn – great Italian run pub/resatuarant.

Shere – starred in various movies including The Holiday and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Ice cream shop, award winning Dabbling Duck tea room, museum, 2 pubs, pretty church and a Ford (the wet type!) all feature.

Coldharbour, Albury, Abinger, Holmbury St Mary, Little London – pretty hills villages with good English traditional pub’s.


Slightly Larger Villages/Towns

Cranleigh – 3 reasonable sized supermarkets, banks, lots of great independent shops and restaurants

Guildford – county town of Surrey with cathedral, historic cobbled high street and all major brands and restaurants

Dorking – market town best known for antique shops

Godalming – Market town with independent shops and restaurants