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The Ultimate Guide To Getting Out and About, In and Around Betchworth

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There are few places that match the charm and balance of Betchworth’s modern country lifestyle – particularly if you are at home in the great outdoors.

Nestled in the beautiful Surrey Hills, between boutique Reigate and market town Dorking, Betchworth offers classic country living with contemporary comfort and connectivity.

Here, we share some of our favourite activities to do in the area.

Country walks

You are not short of options when it comes to great walks for you and your dogs. These include:

  • a ramble over the wonderful mosaic of open heath, downland slopes and mixed woodland at Headley Heath;

  • and a woodland walk around Leith Hill – savouring the panoramic views of the countryside surrounding composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’ former childhood home.

Food and Drink

And there are some terrific dining options in and around Betchworth.

Restaurants 

Head chef Steve Drake, at Michelin-starred Sorrel in Dorking, has worked in some of Europe’s best kitchens and is a former winner of the prestigious Roux Scholarship.

The Grumpy Mole in Brockham offers a three-course a la carte menu in cosy surroundings.

Dorking’s Michelin-plated The Queen’s Head (named after Queen Anne) serves classic pub dishes in a refined style.

And the charmingly evocative Beaverbrook Hotel & Spa in Leatherhead has two Michelin-plated restaurants:

Pubs

With plenty of outdoor seating overlooking Reigate Heath, family-run Skimmington Castle (or the Skim, as it is known) has a great choice of burgers as well as vegetarian and vegan options.

Overlooking Brockham’s picturesque village green is The Royal Oak. Brockham hosts an annual Victorian Fair weekend and a beer festival but it is perhaps most famous for its spectacular Guy Fawkes bonfire night.

In neighbouring Buckland, The Pheasant organises an annual ‘Pub to Pub’ dog walk to its sister pub in Norwood Hill.

And in Betchworth itself:

  • The Dolphin is a traditional 17th-century pub that serves an array of pub classics and Young’s real ales;

  • while the Red Lion has lots of cosy seating, both indoors and outdoors, and backs onto a cricket pitch where you can watch Reigate Pilgrims Cricket Club play their home matches.

Sport

If you and your children enjoy an active lifestyle, you will find plenty to do in and around Betchworth.

Swimming and Outdoor Activities

The SHAC (Surrey Hills Adventure Company) offers a range of water- and non-water-based activities in five different locations across the Surrey Hills. Those include The SHAC Lagoon at Buckland Park Lake – one of the country’s safest open water swimming venues and where you can take classes in stand-up paddleboarding.

If you are more of an indoor swimmer, Dorking Sports Centre is open seven days a week. It also has a gym, sports hall, cycling studio and outdoor tennis courts.

Tennis

Other tennis options include:

Rugby

Right on your doorstep in nearby Brockham is Dorking RFC. With teams for men, women, boys and girls, the club has been home to the likes of George Kruis, Elliot Daly, Kay Wilson and other notable professionals.

Football

Brockham Badgers FC and Brockham FC  is a community club with teams from U7 through to senior football, while Mole Valley Girls FC caters for girls of all abilities from age 5 up and has a womens team.

Horse Riding

From show jumping and dressage to cross country and gallops, Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre has some of the best training facilities in the South of England.

Golf

Described by Jack Nicklaus as ‘wonderfully pure’, Walton Heath is one of the world’s most highly regarded golf clubs.

Ranked number 6 in the world for the best 9-hole courses, Reigate Heath Golf Club was described by the late Peter Allis (‘the voice of golf’) as ‘a little gem’.

Other splendid courses include:

Attractions and Days Out

Betchworth Castle is just one of a host of interesting places to visit.

National Trust

Polesden Lacey is a beautiful Edwardian country retreat with a number of delightful gardens overlooking Ranmore Common. In 1923, the Duke and Duchess of York – the future King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother – spent the first part of their honeymoon there.

At Reigate Hill and Gatton Park, you will find Reigate Fort – built in 1898 as part of the London Defence Scheme before Britain’s navy was considered strong enough to defend our shores.

And on a clear day, you can see the English Channel and the clock face of Big Ben from the top of Leith Hill Tower – the highest point in South East England.

Theme Parks

Home to over 30 rides, attractions and live events, Thorpe Park is quite possibly the UK’s most thrilling theme park.

Meanwhile, Chessington World of Adventures Resort has something for everyone in the family, with a zoo, rides & attractions, a sea life centre and much more.

Tasting Experiences and Tours

Denbies Wine Estate is one of the largest producers of wine in the UK. Take a wine tasting tour, eat in one of its three restaurants or simply take advantage of the seven miles of public footpaths trailing through the vineyard.

To the rear of the main Denbies Winery building is Surrey Hills Brewery. Enjoy a pint of fresh beer straight from the cask or why not tour the brewery?

Last but certainly not least, The Gin Kitchen is a women-led, award-winning distillery. Experiences include a tasting tour and bottomless brunch in the distillery’s Orangery Bar.

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