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Discover Surrey’s magical Autumn landscape

Published: 29 September 2020

Chair of Visit Surrey Christine Howard

Countryside walks for all ages and abilities

This month Visit Surrey has put together an October guide to discovering Surrey safely. "October is a magical month for enjoying a walk through Surrey's countryside and now getting out and about in the fresh air is more important than ever" says chair of Visit Surrey, Christine Howard.

"Walking is so good for our physical and mental wellbeing, and it's something we can all do safely in these challenging times," she says. "And if you are now having to work from home, it is really important to take time out and enjoy the healing powers of this beautiful county."

Christine is a keen walker herself – she leads guided walks the first Sunday of the month on behalf of the Surrey Hills Society – and says Surrey has a walk for every ability and age.

So here are a few walks to choose from:

Compton village

If you are after a gentle stroll on relatively flat ground, head for Compton village and the circular walk which starts opposite the main entrance to Watts Gallery. The walk takes in the pretty Watts Chapel so take a moment to pop in and admire this architectural masterpiece with its walls decorated in terracotta tiles. At the end of the walk, enjoy a warming cup of tea and delicious pastries served on vintage china donated by volunteers, at the Watts Gallery tearooms.

Gomshall

If you want a longer walk, then pull on your walking boots and head to Gomshall. The Tales of the Tillingbourne trail takes in this scenic village before leading into open countryside and wooded paths into the Surrey Hills. You won't be needing a car to get there as the walk starts from Gomshall train station.

South Nutfield

For a walk with a thrill, the kids will love the Spooky Trail at Priory Farm's Discovery Walk in South Nutfield. It's a great way for them to let off steam while adults enjoy a more leisurely pace, taking in the far-reaching views over The Downs. This is a ticketed walk so don't forget to pre-book.

If you are planning on heading for any of these walks which takes in one of the many Surrey attractions, then phone ahead or check the venue website first before setting out as many now need to be booked in advance.
For more walking inspiration, see Visit Surrey's self-guided walks and Surrey County Council's Explore self-guided walks page.

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