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Explore the Villages

Explore the quaint, quirky and historic villages around Guildford

Outside of the bustling, vibrant towns of Guildford, Godalming, Woking and Dorking there are many quaint, quirky and historic villages dotted around the Surrey Hills Area Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Many just a stones throw away from the main road, but you could be a million miles away from your busy life - so go and explore, by road, by foot, or by bicycle.

Ripley Village Sign

Ripley Village: a quaint and picturesque village in the heart of Surrey is steeped in History dating back to the 12th Century, with many old buildings and a wealth to discover. Information booklets can be found in the village cafes to help you understand more about the village and its history.

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West Horsley Village

West Horsley Village: Featured in the Domesday Book and is well known, amongst other things, for Beatrix Potter, who was a frequent visitor to her favourite Uncle's house in the village, Sir Henry Roscoe, and cousin Dora Roscoe. West Horsley is home to West Horsley Place, an ancient estate with 300 acres of open land. Perfect place to explore with a walk - try The Horsley Diamond Jubilee Trail or the Lovelace Bridges Trail. 

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Normandy - visit in Spring for daffodils

Horsley Towers at East Horsley

East Horsley Village - East Horsley is known as the Lovelace village due to the unique brick and flint architecture of some of its buildings designed by the Earl of Lovelace, former owner of Horsley Towers. St Martins Church dates back to the 13th Century and you can see later additions in the Lovelace style. Developer Frank Chown also made a significant contribution to the village constructing many charming houses in the 1930s. The Nomad Theatre stages many excellent productions during the year and East Horsley is the gateway to the newly built Theatre in the Woods Opera House located at nearby West Horsley Place. The area is ideal for walking and cycling with many footpaths and bridleways.

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To come across other villages take a look at our Countryside page