14 Oct 2020

Six of the Best Autumn Walks in Surrey

While staying at Foxhills Country Club & Resort in autumn, be sure to make the most of all the stunning surroundings. As well as the gorgeous scenery you’ll find in our 400 acres, there are many areas of natural beauty all over Surrey that are within easy reach. Whether you’re interested in spotting local wildlife around Foxhills, or you simply enjoy a long walk to relax, a walk in the Surrey countryside is ideal.

Autumn is one of the best times to go walking in Surrey. So, don a pair of walking boots and explore among the colourful leaves and bare trees, before returning to Foxhills for a weekend of relaxation. If this sounds like the perfect mini-break for you, read on for some inspiration on the best autumn walks in Surrey.

1. Newlands Corner

Around 30 minutes drive from Foxhills

Many people know Newlands Corner as the place where Agatha Christie staged her own disappearance in 1926. More than this, however, this picturesque location offers unrivaled views of the Surrey Hills and is a great starting point for a number of walks. Just a few miles further along the road are the Silent Pool and Silent Pool Gin Distillers, which also make for a pleasant addition to your trip.

2. Virginia Water

Around 10 minutes drive from Foxhills

This popular walking and picnic destination is located within Windsor Great Park, on the edge of the county bordering Surrey and Berkshire. The Virginia Water lake was manmade back in the 18th century, and back then, proved to be a popular leisure spot for the royals and upper class. Open to all today, the lake and its 4½ mile route is especially charming in the autumn months, when the grass is adorned in pretty orange and red fallen leaves.

3. Horsell Common

Around 10 minutes drive from Foxhills

Horsell Common has a claim to fame as the landing site for the Martians in the War of the Worlds novel. This calls science fiction fans to the site every year. As well as the ‘Sandpit’ (the precise location mentioned in H.G. Wells’ book), the site is also home to The Peace Garden, a Muslim Burial Ground, and three Bronze Age tumuli. Horsell Common also has a network of trails that are ideal for walking, cycling, and horse-riding, plus some gorgeous open spaces that are superb for some autumn picnicking.

4. RHS Garden Wisley

Around 20 minutes drive from Foxhills

The RHS Garden in Wisley is a stunning garden area that was first created in 1878. It was acquired by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1903, and since then has been carefully added to. Today, it’s made up of 240 acres of stunning and diverse plants. It’s advisable to pre-book your visit to RHS Garden Wisley, and at the time of writing, an adult’s ticket is around £16. In autumn, Wisley boasts an eye-catching range of colours among its native and foreign flora.

5. Norbury Park

Around 25 minutes drive from Foxhills

At more than 530 hectares, Norbury Park is home to farmland and a working sawmill, as well as woodland and grassland that’s open to the public for exploring. You’ll also find a wide variety of plants and animal species, which is why Norbury Park has been designated as a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’. It boasts some stunning views and a network of idyllic woodland trails.

6. Box Hill

Around 30 minutes drive from Foxhills

Box Hill itself is the summit of the North Downs in Surrey, offering incredible panoramic views of some of the finest English countryside. As far as autumn walks in Surrey go, you can’t go wrong with one of the many walks that end at this peak. The Box Hill ‘Stepping Stones Walk’ is particularly peaceful, however, this is quite a simple option at just two miles long. Those looking for more of a challenge could opt for the ‘Walk the Chalk’ choice which is almost seven miles long and is made up of more difficult terrain.

 


 

Whatever else you choose to do during your stay at Foxhills, make sure you save time to try one of these autumn walks in Surrey. Each will leave you feeling peaceful and refreshed, having enjoyed the great British outdoors and all its gorgeous scenery. After taking on a Surrey walk, nothing could be better than returning to your comfortable and relaxing room at Foxhills, where you can unwind before enjoying a well-earned meal at one of our restaurants. We look forward to welcoming you soon.