Best places for spring walks in Surrey
Winkworth really comes to life in spring, with the magnolia blooms joined by cherry blossom and drifts of bluebells. The azalea walk is a mass of colour at the end of April, lining the path to the boathouse which overlooks the lake.
Join us on a ranger-led walk at Polesden Lacey in search of ancient woodland indicator species such as bluebells and primroses. Learn about our woodland management techniques and simply take a moment to breathe in and enjoy the scenery.
Sat 23 & 30 April, 11am - 1pm. £8.00
Get your boots on this spring, gather up the family and the dog, and head to Hatchlands. Find blossom lined paths, picnic benches surrounded by daffodils and carpets of bluebells. All set in 400 acres of unspoiled parkland.
Spring offers the chance to stroll through corridors of rhododendrons, feed tiny goslings, and make the most of the longer days in this historic royal pleasure ground.
Step beyond the formal gardens to explore Ranmore Common and find blankets of bluebells in the copses that line our four way-marked walks. Pick up a walks leaflet for £1 from visitor reception or why not download our Big Walk.
Summer in Surrey
Polesden Lacey's glorious double herbaceous border is at its best in September. Take inspiration from the kitchen garden and the cutting garden where flowers are grown for vases in the house.
With its picturesque views and leafy lime walk, Claremont Landscape Garden is a breath of fresh air in summer. Enjoy the sparkling light on the lake and a special season of programming about Princess Charlotte, who lived here during the Regency era.
Make the most of the warm days and find a route through the fascinating woodland of Winkworth. This unfinished hillside masterpiece boasts 121 acres of exotic shrubs, trees and flowering herbaceous plants.
Best places to see autumn colour in Surrey
Winkworth is the National Trust’s only arboretum and it is famed for its autumn colour. During our busy autumn season (27 Sept to 21 Nov) advanced booking is needed to guarantee entry. The whole hillside at Winkworth Arboretum lights up in a kaleidoscope of colours in autumn. Acers, katsuas and maples are the stars of the show, while the liquidambar leaves turn crimson, orange and purple. The Dr Fox Autumn Amble is a winding walking route that takes in 10 colour bursts of the most technicoloured corners of the arboretum at this time of year.
Polesden Lacey’s 1400 acre estate is home to 200 acres of ancient woodland, framing breath-taking views. The trees knit tunnels of yellows, browns and reds, casting an autumnal glow along the route. The views from the South Lawn at Polesden Lacey, are particularly stunning in autumn. While in the the orchard, just beyond the formal garden, branches are laden with apples. A little known part of Polesden is the pleasure ground. With its amazing views over Ranmore Common and secluded walks through the Upper Sunken Garden or Preserve Copse, it’s a perfect place to enjoy the variety of colour in autumn.
See the whole of Hatchlands in one walk. This circular walk follows the edge of our park through woodland, in all its autumn colours, and open parkland with distant views of our house and the wider Surrey countryside.
The autumn mists on the River Wey are a quietly beautiful sight. Walk from Dapdune Wharf to St Catherine’s and see how the river has cut through the North Downs. Experience some peaceful views along the way.
Savour the sights, smells and sounds of autumn with a walk in the Surrey Hills. Bring the family, the dog, a kite, a picnic and enjoy nature's glory. Here are some of our favourite strolls.
An autumn woodland glowing with colour and rich with the smell of damp earth is a wonderful place to be. National Trust Ranger Chloe Bradbrooke suggests six mini wonders of nature to look out for on an autumn woodland walk.
Walks from our houses and gardens
Enjoy the ancient woodland, rolling downland and winter wildife on a refreshing winter walk. With 1400 acres to roam, the Polesden Lacey estate is the perfect place to explore whatever the weather.
Get your boots on, grab the kids or the dog, and head to Hatchlands for wonderful walking. Open every day of the year, we’ve got great waymarked walks for you to follow or just pick up a map and find your own path.
Take an invigorating walk around Claremont's historic royal landscape. With surprising twists and turns on every path, Claremont is a wonderful place for a frosty winter walk and a cosy cafe stop.
Nestled on a hillside in the heart of Surrey, Winkworth Arboretum's wintry woodland is the perfect spot for a quiet walk in the crisp air. Stop at the boathouse veranda for views across the lake. We recommend booking during our busy autumn season (27 Sept to 21 Nov).