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Adventurous weekends in Surrey: climbing, sculpture hunting, geocaching, wakeboarding and mountain biking

PUBLISHED: 17:16 25 February 2014 | UPDATED: 17:16 25 February 2014

Wakeboarding at JBSki

Wakeboarding at JBSki

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Tied to the desk all week? Fed up of being stuck on crowded trains? Well, here are a few adventurous suggestions for things to do come the weekend, from rock climbing to geocaching

CLIMBING

Surrey may not be renowned for its mountainous terrain but that doesn’t stop enthusiasts keeping in trim with top quality indoor climbing. With 100 rope lines of both lead and top rope climbing, plus their highly regarded bouldering wall, Craggy Island in Guildford is an amazing adventure for those just looking to hang around – it has a sister site in Sutton too. If you’ve got a head for heights, find out more at craggy-island.com

SCULPTURE HUNTING

Walkers in the Surrey Hills will be no stranger to the wooden carvings of the internationally famous chainsaw sculptor Walter Bailey. His striking works can be found at Newlands Corner, Tatsfield, Young Street near Leatherhead and Hambledon, but there are 11 unique sculptures in all. Why not challenge yourself to collect the set – and then share your pictures with us on our website at surreylife.co.uk/photos. You can find a map of them all @ surreyhills.org

GEOCACHING

There’s treasure in them there hills and it’s right under your nose! Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants, and there are loads of routes to follow in Surrey. In fact, some may unexpectedly be found on your favourite walk already – the hunt certainly adds an extra twist to your weekend rambles. Information on loads of local trails can be found @ geocachetrails.com

WAKEBOARDING

A hub for the high-octane thrills of waterskiing and wakeboarding, the JBSki centre in Chertsey is the premiere water ski venue in Europe – host to two World Championships and the 2010 European Championships. Established for over 20 years, they offer coaching from beginners to advanced overseen by John Battleday – multiple European champion. Don your wetsuit and head to jbski.com

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Here in Surrey, it’s no secret that the Surrey Hills and particularly Leith, Holmbury, and Pitch Hills and parts of Winterfold are regarded as one of the best areas for mountain biking in the south-east. Home to routes such as Barry Knows Best and The Yoghurt Pots, you can hit the trails yourself or look up a company like Single Track School who regularly lead a six-hour, 25-mile long Surrey Hills Killer Loop ride. Explore the county on two wheels @ singletrackschool.co.uk

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