Leave Guildford and head out to Box Hill in the North Downs. Take in the Surrey Hills and Leith Hill Tower, the Winkworth Arboretum and escapes such the Devil’s Punchbowl. Pause at Farnham before discovering military history of Aldershot. Take in Farnborough before finishing up at Woking.
In the centre of Guildford you can find the landscaped gardens and tower of Guildford Castle. Elsewhere you can enjoy the 17th century Guildford House gallery and exhibitions and 16th century house and walled garden in Loseley Park.
In the North Downs of Surrey, Box Hill is populated with ancient woodlands on the chalky slopes – enjoy a walk and head uphill to enjoy some spectacular views – you may even see the Adonis Blue butterfly.
The Surrey Hills are an area of outstanding natural beauty covering a quarter of Surrey with its rich chalk grassland encouraging a diversity of flowers and butterflies. From the Inglis Memorial, Broadwoods Folly and Lovelace Bridges to the Devil’s Punch Bowl there is plenty is to see and do.
Leith Hill Tower
Situated in the Surrey Hills, Leith Hill Tower rises up to give majestic views towards London and the English Channel. Take a walk in the surrounding countryside, perhaps enjoy a picnic and escape to find some peace and tranquility.
The hillside arboretum dates from the early 19th century and is home to a collection of more than 1,000 species of shrubs and trees. A treat at any time of year, the Winkworth Arboretum is well worth a visit.
The Devil's Punchbowl
Nearly 300 hectares of landscape make up the Devil’s Punch Bowl – take in the views of the surrounding countryside. Heathered hillsides, heath and common land make for a colourful display as you enjoy a walk.
Explore the historic streets of Farnham in the Surrey Hills – explore the ruins of the 12th century Farnham Castle, Waverley Abbey and enjoy some of the many craft shops and locally produced food.
Cross the Hampshire border to explore the garrison town of Aldershot and take in the history of the British Army – you can discover the 40 tonne bronze of Wellington astride his charger, Copenhagen and visit a range of museums including Aldershot Military Museum and the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces Museum.
There is more to Farnborough than the world famous air display – visitors can take in St. Michael’s Abbey, burial site of Napoleon III or tour the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust.
Visitors can enjoy WWF-UK’s visitor centre, Lightbox – a museum and gallery, or follow the H.G. Wells Heritage Trail. Alternatively spend some time in the towns shopping centres to enjoy some retail therapy.