The Deepdene Trail

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The Deepdene Trail
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Sarah136Surrey
Ashtead, UK25 contributions
Sep 2020
Yesterday afternoon I joined a guided walk around The Deepdene trail which was put on by Dorking Museum. Informative and interesting and a lovely way to spend the afternoon. Exercise and fabulous views. You can walk it by yourself following the map but having a guide telling you the history through lots of stories was worth the £5 fee which goes towards the upkeep of the museum. I hadn't realised there was so much history on my doorstep. We started and ended at Dorking Golf Club where you could get refreshments. Highly recommended. trail took approx 2 hours
Written September 7, 2020
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Alison T
Brighton, UK4 contributions
Sep 2020
We had a free guided tour as part of the Heritage Open Weekend.
Once our tour guide introduced himself to us after we had wandered around one of the many golf club car parks looking lost he took us along some beautiful tree lined paths with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside.
Our guide was very friendly, full of relevant facts and made the tour very interesting indeed.
Getting to see inside the mausoleum was an added bonus, albeit in a small mask wearing group due to the current covid 19 restrictions.
An unusual and very pleasant way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Written September 17, 2020
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ELC
Great Bookham, UK4 contributions
Oct 2021
Fantastic guided walk organised by Dorking Museum with guide Jen. Extremely interesting historical site and very beautiful grounds. Even though we are local and had visited the trail before, we found out so much that we didn’t know and found a few hidden treats which we wouldn’t have spotted. Hope the trail will develop further over time. Recommended.
Written October 19, 2021
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Owen M
Peterston-Super-Ely, UK9 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
We're from Cardiff and exploring the area and thought this looked exactly what we needed to entertain two young boys and a very hyperactive dog.

The walk from town is long, steep and alongside a rather busy road with cars charging up the hill. It's quite scary in times and not the best start.

We downloaded the app, although the detail and navigation meant it was easier just to walk about and explore.

The best part is a flight of stairs and a view over a golf course at the top. We were continuously aware of the road with very loud traffic noise as the 50mph limit means cars are accelerating continuously and the traffic noise is constant.

We left via the golf course entrance and walked back down the road, which was very scary.

Our advice is for families to park up at the golf course and stay away from that crazy road. Although there are so many better maintained and exciting attractions for children in the area.
Written December 5, 2020
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L Brown
1 contribution
Sep 2020
The tour guides we had were very knowleadgeble and friendly. Very interesting family histories of the site were revealed to us!

The weather was briliant, warm and summery. It gave us a good exercise with some climing, but mostly walking on old tree lined pathways. Stunning old trees.
Written September 13, 2020
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Parm M
London, UK99 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
It's a lovely quiet trail in the woodlands of Dorking. Lovely views to take in inbetween the trees with seating right at the viewpoints. A nice garden area to visit but some bits seem to be missing and construction taking place too. Needs to better signposted from the road as the parking is quite a walk away and we didn't know which way to go. Wear good footwear and be careful, muddy and slippert in some parts.
Written August 6, 2021
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Gus S
Betchworth, England, United Kingdom18 contributions
Sep 2021
We took an extremely interesting guided walk through here in Heritage Week, guided by knowledgeable and personable guides. A lovely walk and fascinating to see and hear about the local history involving, primarily, the Hope family. The mausoleum and the remnants of the Italianate garden were revelations.
Written September 21, 2021
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Neil H
Epsom, UK208 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
The Deepdene trail offers three different routes of varying length. One is a longer route (Explore the Estate - 9 miles) and the other two are significantly shorter (1-2 miles). We followed a mixture of the two shorter routes which were muddy and involved some quite steep climbs but an excellent view of the South Downs from where the Temple used to be. There are a number of information boards along the two shorter routes which explain the history of the site and some of the landscaping features.

With the exception of the restored mausoleum, none of the original buildings remain. Southern Railway had its (underground) wartime operations centre in the grounds but they are not accessible.

Whilst there is an app and a map of the walks available on the website, the walks were badly sign posted and some parts of them were closed for maintenance. I assume that the work on the trail is not finished and that this will improve in time.

There is no on site parking. We parked in Dorking Halls Car Park from which entry to the trail is about 15 minutes walk south along the A24 (after the Kuoni building). It's probably a 20 -25 minute walk from Dorking railway station.

A pleasant walk for a Sunday but more work required to make it easier to find your way around.
Written November 15, 2016
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pandastreet
Dorking, UK2 contributions
Sep 2017 • Family
The area has been opened up and made accessible (was very overgrown); now leading to some great views over Sussex Weald and Ranmore. Well worth the trek. Remember to say hello to Leo the lion. A long trek to get to Betchworth Castle and separately to the mausoleum. Access is a little difficult and near to busy A24 (best park in Dorking town and walk across Cotmandean). Sign boards are very informative and the whole history of Deepdene and Hope family is very interesting.
Written November 2, 2017
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Lesley-Ann M
Maui, HI258 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
A well led tour including areas off the beaten track and the usually locked mausoleum. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. Ran to over 2 hours in the end!
Written August 13, 2019
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