Walking at Winkworth Arboretum
Nestled on a hillside in the heart of the Surrey Hills AONB, Winkworth Arboretum is the perfect spot for a walk to refresh your senses. With a mixture of level walkways and challenging hills, there's a route for everyone. Dogs on leads are welcome and an accessible car park at the bottom of the arboretum provides access to the meadow and lakeside walk which can be accessed by RADAR key.
Routes for everyone
- The Access for All route (approx 1km). Follow the blue markers: This level walk follows a step-free path around the top of the arboretum.
- The Taste of Winkworth route (approx 1.6km). Follow the yellow markers: This is a longer walk, taking in Winkworth's key features. There are some steep paths and steps to manage along the way, but you'll be rewarded with beautiful views out across the lake.
- The challenging walk (approx 3.6km). Follow the red markers: This is the most challenging route, featuring lots of steep slopes. It allows you to explore every corner of the arboretum along the way, including Sorbus Hill.
If you're looking for some exercise, avoid the dull repetition of the treadmill, fill your lungs with fresh air and enjoy the sights of the arboretum as you walk or jog. Take a break at the Boathouse for a stunning view of the lake as the trees shimmer in the clear water.
Come on an Audio Exploration
Explore Winkworth with Arboriculturalist Simon Toomer and Head Gardener, Graham Alderton, with our audio guide. Discover the history of tree species at the arboretum as you are led though the woodland, meadows and wetland. Ask as the kiosk for the map that accompanies this guide. Mobile reception is limited at Winkworth Arboretum but our free WIFI is available at in Arbor Tearoom so best to download the audio trail in advance.Download in advance
Join us for a guided walk
Friendly volunteer guides run regular tours of the arboretum – a great chance to discover more about this renowned collection of trees and shrubs. Check our events listing for the latest information.
If you've got little ones with you don't forget to stop off at the Tree Adventure on the way. It’s perfect for children of all ages with multi-layered platforms, tunnels, wobbly and rope bridges, fireman's pole and even a climbing wall.
Reward yourself with a treat in the tearoom
When you've finished your walk, pop into the tea-room near the kiosk for a warming drink. Indulge in a slice of homemade cake, baked fresh daily, knowing every bite helps us preserve and protect Winkworth's historic landscape for years to come.
Follow winding footpaths and stumble upon hidden glades and wetlands at Winkworth Arboretum. With more than 1,000 different shrubs and trees, immerse yourself in colour and nature all year.
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