Ripley - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013
PUBLISHED: 15:14 16 October 2013 | UPDATED: 15:14 16 October 2013
There's a host of reasons to visit Ripley and its top-notch eateries and beautiful countryside are hard to beat
In the Wey
One of the prettiest and most remote locks on the waterway, Papercourt Lock has a large tumbling bay to cope with the overspill water. Built in 1766, it was moved to its present location in the 1780s - though no one seems sure exactly why it was moved. The nearby meadows and pools are important for wildlife, especially waterfowl.
In the bloom
The owners of the Dunsborough Park estate, Baron Dolf and Baroness Caroline Sweerts de Landas Wyborgh, welcome visitors at various times of year, generally through the National Gardens Scheme in spring, summer and early autumn. Dunsborough is a labyrinth of sculpted gardens, interspersed with a private collection of outdoor statuary.
On your bike
The Portsmouth Road passes through the centre of Ripley and historically gave the village some importance as a stopping-off place for those journeying from London to Portsmouth. Numerous inns lined the road to cater for the travellers back then. Later on, it became a focus for cyclists who, at one time, could be counted in their thousands cycling through.
Nest on the High Street has a café that acts as a homely escape and shop packed with plenty of original gifts to tempt. Tea, home-made cakes and special gifts; what more could one wish for?
The Michelin starred Drake’s at the Clockhouse (01483 224777), which has been one of Surrey’s highest rated restaurants for a number of years. Chef Steve Drake often supports the award-winning local farmers’ market.
The Half Moon (01483 224380) is a gastro-pub, plus bed and breakfast, found on the High Street.
The Talbot (01483 225188) is a striking, historic coaching inn.
Bypassed by the A3. At 10 minutes away, Woking Station is the closest.