If you’re interested in escaping from the big smoke for a day or two, why not travel south of London to Dorking in Surrey.
Dorking is a picturesque market town that has plenty on offer, from beautiful countryside walks with the family, to a stunning vineyard that will make you forget all about London.
Here are My London’s top picks for the best things to do in Dorking.
For those who love to walk
The Deepdene Trail in Dorking is well loved by humans and animals too, as the walk is dog friendly.
It feels like something from a fairy tale, with wonderful animal statues and enchanting stairs accompanied with turrets and balconies.
The Stepping Stones walk in Box Hill is exactly what it sounds like and is a lovely walk that all of the family can do and is an iconic landmark that crosses over water and land.
There’s even a natural play trail for children to follow and the interesting topsy-turpsy grave, where Major Peter Labelliere requested to be buried upside down.
Another walk, known as ‘Walk the Chalk’, promises outstanding views of the North Downs.
The walk has a rich history too, as its viewpoints were vital for soldiers during World War Two.
It’s perfect for a sunny day and visitors will discover the finest chalkland in Surrey, fields of crops, railways and old estates along the way.
For those who like to drink
Amazingly, Dorking has its own brewery, vineyard and gin kitchen, which is perfect for those who like a little bit of fun when visiting new places.
Dorking’s multi-award winning brewery boasts a wide range of beers, which visitors can sample as they walk around the farm-like setting.
A real hidden gem though, is Denbies Wine Estate, their beautiful vineyards could easily be mistaken for the South of France.
Tours run from day to night and there’s even a hotel too, ideal if you don’t want to say bye to the breathtaking scenery just yet.
The Gin Kitchen is another fabulous venue which offers tasting experiences and has its very own cocktail bar.
Located in the heart of Surrey Hills, this is just another great drinking destination surrounded by stunning views.
For those who want to learn about Dorking’s history
If you’re a keen historian and want to get stuck in with Dorking’s heritage, why not visit the Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre?
The museum has hundreds of oil paintings of Dorking’s amazing countryside, which has been a major attraction and muse for many artists who come to visit.
While a deep history into Dorking’s involvement with World War One will have you appreciating the area even more, the museum offers an insight into how World War One impacted Dorking and the people who lived there.
It’s run by passionate volunteers and is independently funded by the public.
How to get there from London
If you’re travelling by car, it will take you on average an hour and a half to get to Dorking.
By train is slightly quicker, you can travel to Dorking from Victoria or Waterloo station in around 50 minutes.
And if you’re organised with your timings, a super-off peak day return will cost you as little as £10.10, almost as cheap as chips.
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