Tours and Walks
Whether you're looking to deepen your local knowledge with the rich history of the area or take in the wonderful sights of the Surrey Hills, there is a tour or walk for you to be found in Guildford and its surroundings. You could be forgiven for thinking you were in the South of France with vineyards dotted along the North Downs Way and an extensive range of tours and walks of all varieties along this ripple from the Alps. You can travel back a thousand years in time with our historical guided walks and see the unique and welcoming character of the nearby towns and villages. With so may options throughout the year, your first step starts here.
Historical/ Informative Tours
Our town guides are local experts on all things Guildford, with a millennium of history to tap into you can discover what has happened through the ages and turned Guildford into such a diverse tapestry today. Learn about local famous figures such as Alan Turing, the father of modern computing and Lewis Carroll author of the weird and wonderful Alice in Wonderland. See hidden gems, that go unnoticed to the untrained eye and the subtleties of the architectures that change building to building.
To book onto one of the arranged walks, visit our box office page. Pre-booking is essential (maximum 5 persons). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. All charges are donated to local charities.
If you want to get an idea of the history in advance, pick up or download our historic trail leaflet, giving you an overview of the towns history or listen to a Podcast on Alan Turing.
You can also find some very interesting reads on the history of Guildford by our local experts in our shop and a specific feature on Alan Turing.
Tours for your favourite tipples
With a mixture of indoor and outdoor options, explore one of the five beautiful vineyards featuring in Surrey Hills Vineyard. Learn what makes English Sparkling Wine so special and the wide range of stills in the mix too.
For the gin lovers amongst you Silent Pool is the place to go, not only can you try their ever growing range, you can also learn the intriguing history of the site it's built upon.
If you like the lot, why not combine them together with the Grape and Grain Tours and make a full day of it!
There is something for everyone and combining this with the stunning surroundings makes for an excellent pairing.
Why not call into our Tourist Office where you can buy Hogs Back Brewery Tour Vouchers and their iconic glasses. We also sell the classic stunning cope Silent Pool glasses and elegant tumblers.
Something A Little Different
For something a little different why not make a day of it with the Llama Treks. These treks are set in the tranquillity and come along with a hose of wildlife as well as the Llamas who are leading you.
If you fancy an evening of spooky delights you can go on one of the Ghost Tours - Pre booking is currently essential.
If you love listening to the hearty chuffing of a train, whilst taking in the panorama of countryside in a relaxed way then the Steam Engine Tours in the Surrey Hills is for you! Lunchtime or evening options available.
Walks in Nature
The Surrey Hills Website is a good starting point for finding new places to walk and run as well, featuring regular events and downloadable trails. The images also give you a flavour of the sites you can capture on your adventures.
Visit Tillingbourne Trails for a range of charming village walks between Guildford and Dorking centred around the old milling river. Physical copies are available to pick up from Guildford Tourist Information Centre.
For walks with your furry companions, see the range presented by the National Trust, your four legged friends won't go wanting.
We also have a great range of walking books for purchase in our shop, whether for localised, long distance, riverside or dog walking. Visit or contact our centre for more information
The River Wey has almost 20 miles worth of walking available and being on the flat it's nice a gentle, meaning you can walk at leisure, taking the sites as you go. For an idea of where to begin see the National Trust Website on the navigation and attractions along the way.
You might also like to visit the riverside nature reserve which is easily accessible, with spots for a picnic or to watch the animals in their natural environment.
The North Downs Way
The North Downs Way is a long distance path of 153 miles between Farnham and the White Cliffs of Dover with spectacular views and sites of interest along the way. But don't worry you can also do it in bitesize chunks or so some circular routes to take in the nearby hidden pears, these include options for the walker who delights in a challenge as well as easy going afternoon saunters. Highlights in the Guildford to Reigate stretch are St Martha's Hill, Newlands Corner, Box Hill and Coley Hill. Plenty of welcoming towns or villages to stop at for a pub of cafe. We have books on the water and cycling routes available for purchase with all the in-depth information you need as well as the excellent 145 and 146 OS maps, which are a must for this long epic journey.
Winter is a magical season in Surrey, with so many places to wander through enchanted woodlands and sparkling meadows. Take a crisp walk through one of our vineyards and pop in for a warming cup of mulled wine in Denbies or some spiced cider in one of the many iconic country pubs full of character, with a wood burning fire if you're lucky and festive menus a plenty.
For a truly spectacular sight, choose an icy day to see the frozen Tillingbourne Waterfall. Nestled in Friday Street and close by is Leith Hill, with a spectacular panorama of views, perfect for snowy scenes.
For a selection of winter walks in the region click here. There are sure to be many festive themed activities for families and anyone else wishing to join in the Christmas spirit.
For A Little More ...
Visit these sites for downloadable walks:
- For a quiet peaceful walk, download the pdf of the Tranquility Trail for Guildford. [2Mb]
- The Surrey Hills website also have plenty of walks, and Surrey County Council have lots of Cycle Routes you can follow.