Off the beaten path
If you love an outdoor adventure look no further. Nestled in the Surrey Hills, Dorking has a wealth of outdoors beauty spots, hiking trails and cycling paths. You’re going to need your energy, so let’s start with a hearty breakfast at Musette Cycle Caffe, where you can hang your bike (if you’ve got one- not essential!), take a look at your maps and get a hearty breakfast inside you.
You’ve got some options!
Cyclists might like to head up to Box Hill, Leith Hill or onto Ranmore Common, or take your pick from the best cycling trails in Dorking. There’s something for all levels of experience and enthusiasm.
Walkers might like to check out the Stepping Stones and the path to Box Hill, or drive to Friday Street and wander along the woodland walk to Leith Hill and it’s fabulous views, or see what pursuits are on the cards in our local ramblers group. Or try the new Deepdene Trail, a brand-new trail just 15 minute’s stroll from Dorking’s town centre.
The Deepdene Trail really is one for all the family. If you’d like a guided tour you can download a handy app (take a look here: App Store or Google Play), or you can just play it by ear and plot your own way to the Deepdene estate, one of the country’s most historically significant gardens. Privately owned since their creation in the 17th Century, the recently opened trail explores the area’s connection to the famous cursed Hope Diamond, the tragic reason behind the Hope family Mausoleum, and how this unique landscape has changed over time.
The countryside around Dorking is acknowledged to be one of the finest for outdoors pursuits. Make the most of it on your trip to Dorking.