From Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to stunning cycling and walking trails to our magnificent St Peter's Church, Hascombe is home to countless hidden gems. Here are just a handful of the best places to visit, all of which just happen to be right on our doorstep.
Winkworth Arboretum is a national and local treasure, perfect for visiting any time of the year as the landscape changes with the seasons. The collection provides an impressive backdrop to a host of activities from family woodland walks, and photographic and artistic inspiration.
Each season has an individual beauty of its own. The most impressive displays of nature are in spring with magnolia, bluebells, and azaleas in joyous bloom, and in autumn when the foliage blazes with vibrant and stunning colour.
Hydon’s Ball and Heath
Hydon’s Ball is one of the highest points in Surrey and the steep, wooded, south-facing slope commands magnificent views across the surrounding countryside towards the Sussex border.
Enjoy lovely walks across the peaceful heath and woodland, which is a wonderful mix of many trees including oaks and chestnuts, with a surprise of non-native shrubs planted by the British garden designer, writer, and artist, Gertrude Jekyll.
The Greensand Way is a long-distance path of 108 miles (174 km) in southeast England, from Haslemere in Surrey to Hamstreet in Kent. It follows the Greensand Ridge along the Surrey Hills and Chart Hills. The route is mostly rural, passing through woods, and alongside fruit orchards and hop farms in Kent and links with the Stour Valley Walk near Pluckley in Kent.
Dunsfold Aerodrome is an unlicensed airfield in Surrey, England, near the village of Cranleigh. It extends across the land in the villages of Dunsfold and Alfold.
Top Gear the BBC automotive television program used Dunsfold Aerodrome as their test track. The track was designed by Lotus Cars as a testing facility, with many of its Formula One cars tested there also.
St Peter’s Church, Hascombe
The church was built by Woodyer in the general style of the late 13th Century. It is of Bargate stone, quarried within the parish, with a shingled bellcote. The plan is simple; nave, chancel (or apse) and separately-roofed lady chapel. This simple plan sets off to best advantage the rich and intricate decoration on windows, walls and roof, the gilding and dark colours being further enhanced by the modern lighting.
Much of the oak timber in the present porch came from the old porch. The massive mid-Victorian lock on the door was made to fit the ancient key with which the Rectors of Hascombe have, for centuries, been inducted.