5 things to do in Surrey this weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:14 01 June 2020 | UPDATED: 12:14 01 June 2020

Woodland near Shere (c) Matthew Black, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Woodland near Shere (c) Matthew Black, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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Now that lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease slightly, allowing residents to explore Surrey a little more, each week we will be featuring a selection of walks, things to do or places to visit in Surrey - all of which will adhere to social distancing guidelines of course!

This week we are featuring… A selection of Surrey’s best woodland walks - please check all local information before heading out and if one place is too busy we recommend moving onto one of the other walks we’ve suggested

Bourne Wood, near Farnham

Bourne Wood (also known as Bourne Woods) is an area of predominantly coniferous woodland, just south of Farnham owned by the Forestry Commission. Wander through large areas of heathland and up steep hill paths and you’ll discover spectacular views over the pine forests below.

Click here to read more about how Bourne Wood is often used as a filming location.

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Banstead Woods, Banstead

Banstead Woods and Chipstead Downs have a long and fascinating history. It was alluded to in the Domesday Book 1086 and has been in the ownership of Kings and Queens of England, Knights of the Realm, the founder of Barings Bank and many other interesting people over the years.

Read more about Surrey’s historical figures.

Narnia in Banstead Woods

Ashtead Common, Ashtead

A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) owned by the City of London Corporation, this woodland is famous for its rare veteran pollarded oaks dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. They are of great conservation interest, so each tree has a specific care plan to prolong its life.

Click here to read about how Loose Women star Andrea McLean is loving life in Ashtead.

Ashtead Common

Hammonds Copse, Newdigate

Hammonds Copse woods is home to species ranging from tawny owls, chiffchaffs, blackcaps and sparrowhawks to butterflies including the silver-washed fritillary, yellow brimstone and white admiral, as well as bluebells, wild daffodil, guelder rose, wild service tree and wood spurge.

Here are 10 reasons to love nearby Dorking.

Hammonds Copse

Staffhurst Wood, near Oxted

It’s a wonderful place to get away from it all and you should look out for stunning displays of bluebells in spring and a variety of fungi in the autumn. There is also a beautiful woodland pond and to help you get the most out of your visit.

Here’s a great route around Staffhurst Wood.

Bluebell Woods

Here’s our full list of woodland walks in Surrey.

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