Surrey Hills AONB, Tadworth, Surrey
The Surrey Hills AONB covers 163 square miles, or 422 square kilometres in South East England and is renowned for its breathtaking landscape, with staggering views of beautiful countryside that seems to roll on and on forever. Good starting points are Box Hill, Leith Hill, Newlands Corner, and the Inglis Memorial, all good vantage points, but hey, discover it all for yourselves, walk and explore to your hearts content, seek out all those wonderful tucked away places, the hidden corners, because these hills are full of surprises, like Lovelace Bridges, Tillingbourne Waterfall, Chilworth Gunpowder Works and Betchworth Castle ruins.
There’s plenty you can do in these parts and much serendipity in store; have a picnic by the Stepping Stones across the River Mole at the foot of the Box Hill and then make your way to the summit to marvel at those panoramic views; bright clear afternoons, misty autumn mornings, crisp winter days, it’s gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous all through the year. Visit the immense Denbies Wine Estate and take a tour of the vineyard, sample the wares at the Surrey Hills Brewery, browse pretty market towns like Dorking and Godalming, see inspiring gardens at Polesden Lacey and Winkworth Arboretum, discover quintessential churches and remarkable follies, and of course, tuck yourself up in a cosy corner of a country pub and enjoy the best of local food and drink. Go in pursuit of pleasure and you shall find it in the Surrey Hills.