Best Sunday drives in the Surrey countryside - time to hit the road
PUBLISHED: 10:39 20 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:41 20 June 2017
One of the best ways to experience the raw beauty of Surrey is by car: roof down, picnic hamper on the back seat, taking a leisurely drive through the undulating countryside. Here, drivers from The Supercar Event give us a run-down of the very best Surrey has to offer
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine June 2017
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Weybridge to Petworth
Recommended by Ian Chalmers
Head on the A3 to Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, the birthplace of British motorsport. Drive along the A25 through stunning English countryside and sleepy country villages, through Cobham where you could stop off to admire Cobham Mill before making your way down through Effingham. Turn onto Hollow Lane past the 17th century Wotton House and follow the B2126 to Ockley, and onto the A29 into West Sussex through Billingshurst. Finish your drive at Petworth.
Guildford to Box Hill
Recommended by Malcolm Scopes
If a short scenic drive is what you’re after, go from Guildford on the A246 Epsom Road, turn right onto Trodd’s Lane and onto the A25 Shere Road. Gin lovers can pop into the Silent Pool distillery, before heading to one of the most picturesque villages in the county, Shere. Grab a bite at the 15th century pub, The White Horse, which featured in romantic comedy The Holiday, or take a walk around St James’s Church, which features in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. From Shere continue along the A25. Make a quick stop at Kingfisher Farm Shop, ready for a relaxing picnic at Box Hill.
Virginia Water to Dorking
Recommended by Craig Beevers
Beginning at Virginia Water, where you can’t beat sipping a warming coffee in the Virginia Water Pavilion, head north-west and continue onto London Road/A30. Take the B389, B388, A317 and B374, then along the beautiful Ranmore Common Road and finally onto Dorking town for a spot of lunch and antiques shopping.
From Godalming to Goodwood
Recommended by Grad Panayi
For a leisurely Sunday drive, head out on the A283 Godalming through Milford (with a stop-off at the farmers’ market when it’s on). Continue on the A285 through Chiddingfold, where you could stop off at Chris Evans’ pub The Mulberry in the hope to see some of his supercars. Finish in Goodwood and a Goodwood House tour.
Brockham to Leith Hill
Recommended by Gary Chapel
After taking in the view of Brockham village, take Middle Street, Brockhamhurst Road, Red Lane and Blackbrook Road to Mill Road. Turn right onto Mill Road. Take the A29 and aim for Leith Hill Road. Leith Hill is a stunning viewpoint and at 293 metres, it’s the highest point in the south east. You can see the London skyline on a clear day.
Godstone to Farnham
Recommended by Peter Dietsch
After a hearty breakfast at the Old Forge Cafe in Godstone, follow the A25 and turn onto the A22. Follow B2030 through Caterham and then through Chaldon (B2031) trying not to gawk too much at the magnificent houses, and up the A23. Turn onto Star Lane, Hogcross Lane and Chipstead Lane. The B2032/3 will take you through Walton-on-the-Hill, Tyrrells Wood and Great Bookham. Perhaps a short stop to enjoy the gardens at Polesden Lacey. Stay on the A246 leading onto A31 until Puttenham along the spine of the Hog’s Back. Follow the B3011 and end in Farnham.
Hindhead Common to Frensham Ponds
Recommended by Richard Davis
Some of the most spectacular views can be seen on Hindhead Common and the Devil’s Punch Bowl. It’s also here that you’ll find the Hindhead Tunnel, which is worth the journey, just to hear the sound of the engine vibrating off the tunnel walls! Head west on London Road, and look for the A287 through to Frensham, and Frensham Ponds. The lakes were used as a film location for the 1999 film The Mummy, posing as the River Nile.
Dorking to East Clandon
Recommended by Mark Wynne-Pedder
Begin by going up the hill by Dorking West station. Turn left onto Green Dene, which then becomes Coombe Lane. Follow that until you reach a 90 degree left-hand bend with a road signposted to East Clandon on the right. Then head down Staple Lane to reach the A3 at East Clandon. The views are spectacular, but watch out for cyclists!
Banstead to Limpsfield
Recommended by Maya Hartge
An experience not to be missed during July and August is the 25-acre Mayfield Lavender Farm, in Banstead. It’s better to get there early to avoid the crowd. Just a few miles away in Woodcote Village, you will find Lord Roberts on the Green, where you can stock up on supplies at the artisan deli, recently reopened by TV presenter Laura Hamilton. From there take a picturesque drive following the A22 and arrive in Limpsfield, just in time for lunch.
Reigate Hill to Dunsfold Park
Recommended by Rupert Briggs
After a coffee at the J8 café on top of Reigate Hill (Wray Lane), head onto the A217 to Tadworth, past the gates to The Children’s Trust and though the quaint village across Epsom Downs racecourse - particularly beautiful at sunset (avoiding race days of course). Follow the A24 Mickleham Bends through to the southern edge of the Surrey Hills, Cranleigh B2127 and Dunsfold Park, home of Top Gear and The Supercar Event.