Tours & Walks
Guided tours to take you on a journey back in time, and walking routes to keep fit
Nothing beats a good walk in Spring. Crisp frosts, stunning colours - and the joy of warming up afterwards with a hot drink! Here are some of the best this spring for the whole family to enjoy.
Denbies is the largest UK Vineyard. It has 265 acres under vine and 7 miles of footpaths around the vineyard there are plenty of routes to explore including: Denbies to Box Hill (where the Olympic Road Race took place); Denbies to Ranmore Common or a 6 mile walk in and around Denbies itself. You can collect maps from Denbies reception. Details of the walks here: http://www.denbies.co.uk/events/outdoor-events/
Spring is the best time to get walking around Winkworth Arboretum. this internationally significant landscape is a wonderful place for a stroll in the spring as plants and wildlife spring back into life.
Nestled on a hillside in the heart of Surrey, Winkworth's woodland is the perfect spot for a quiet walk in the crisp, clean air. With a mixture of level walkways and challenging hills, there's a route for everyone; dogs are welcome, and a disabled car park at the bottom of the Arboretum provides access to the meadow and lakeside walk.
If you're looking for some exercise, avoid the dull repetition of the treadmill, fill your lungs with fresh air and enjoy the sights of the Arboretum as you walk or jog. Take a break at the boathouse for a stunning view of the lake as the trees shimmer in the clear water.
When you've finished your walk, pop into the tea-room near the kiosk for a warming drink and a slice of homemade cake, baked fresh daily. Indulge guilt-free, knowing every bite helps us preserve and protect Winkworth's historic landscape for years to come.
Want to take your four-legged friend for a walk - check out Dog Walks at Hatchlands Park. Put the Hatchlands Tree Walkin your diary - its on 3 May and you can have a guided tour around the parklands looking and the rare and ancient trees with the Hatchlands Gardener.
Hatchlands Park is a riot of stunning colours in the Autumn - make a note in your diary to go on the Autumn Colour Walk on 19 October
Guildford Town Guides take visitors on free guided walks from May to September - with the Historic Guildford Walk every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, they take you on a walk back in time through 1000 years of history! The special themed walks take place on Tuesdays and include subjects such as: Public Art; Ghosts and Legends, Victorian Guildford; Lewis Carroll and many more. The Town Guides can also be booked for special group walks for social groups and parties - just speak to the Tourist Information Centre team to book - they charge just £3 a head for booked walks which can cover any combination of themes and subjects you wish.
Three special walks exploring the life of Alan Turing and his time in Guildford take place this summer - they are free but must be booked - full details here: Alan Turing Walks
You can also download the Handheld Tours App for your iPhone or Android device and select the Guildford Historic Trail to follow a round around town using GPS. This is ideal when there is not a Guided walk taking place. On this same app you will also find the Newlands Corner and Shere Walk; The River Wey Walk and the Witley and Hambledon Walk. If you would rather use paper - just contact the Tourist Office and as for an Historic Trail map which is FREE. The Guildford Tourist Information Centre sells a wide range of books and maps to help you find your way around.
For a quiet peaceful walk, download the pdf of the Tranquility Trail for Guildford. [2Mb]
Another useful app is iFootpath (http://www.ifootpath.com/) featuring countryside walks across Surrey. The Surrey Hills website also have plenty of walks, and Travelsmart have lots of Cycle Routes you can follow.
Many Attractions provided guided tours, or self-guided tours for pre-booked groups - we strongly recommend contacting individual attractions directly to ask about guided tours for groups.
Guildford and Surrey is famous for its food and drink, especially its sparkling wine! Why not explore with English Sparkling Wine Tours and get to visit the best local vineyards.