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“Peaceful walks in wonderfully landscaped gardens”

Winkworth Arboretum
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Godalming
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A tranquil hillside arboretum created by Dr Wilfred Fox in the early twentieth century, now cared for by the National Trust. Open 363 days a year with stunning botanical displays all year round.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 29 April 2014

This is a National Trust property and is a gem throughout the year. We visited in April and caught the bluebells providing a blue carpet through the wooded slopes of WInkworth. There are rhodedendrons and azaleas a plenty and its a wonderland for those who enjoy identifying trees, shrubs, flowers and wildlife. There are walks a plenty, many with steps and slopes but wheelchair access is possible with a little effort on the less steep slopes. Several routes are identified and a charming lake and wetland area awaits at the bottom of the valley in which Winkworth is set.
Ideal for children who can run free and enjoy hide and seek or just enjoy the views. A picnic is a great idea but there is a good tea room offering snacks and hot meals at the entrance. There are plenty of photo opportunities at most times of teh year so a camera is a must.
We spent two to three hours here but you can tailor your visit for anything between an hour (direct walk to teh lake and back) to almost a whole day for a leisurely walk and picnic.

1  Thank Andy S
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

The Arboretum, run by the National Trust, is one of the locality's jewels. It is particularly gorgeous in spring, with the woods full of bluebells, and also in autumn, with the acers and other deciduous trees positively glowing with colour.
The walks are varied, with some suitable for the less agile,and some requiring more stamina, as the arboretum runs down into a valley complete with lake and boggy area crossed by a walkway.
The Trust runs a small but very nice cafe close to the entrance, where there are always delicious home-made cakes on sale and a selection of snacks for children.
There are wood carvings and a treetop lookout which entrance younger visitors and well-behaved dogs are welcome too.
If you visit during the week and early in the day, the peace and quiet is wonderful...
I am a frequent visitor and often have a three-year-old grandson as my companion. We both love the place!

Thank nickymay33
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Liked: bluebells, lake, trees, peace.
Disliked: the usual insistent sales pitch on entry for membership of the National Trust

Thank GlynRB
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Winkworth Arboretum is the closest National Trust property to Godalming, located on the road to Cranleigh and a couple of miles from Godalming town centre. There is a bus service (the 42) but ideally a car is needed.
As a National Trust property you should expect to pay quite a hefty entry free (unless you are a member, of course), so it comes expensive for a family visit, but the arboretum offers stunning views (the arboretum is situated on an escarpment) and fabulous trees and flowers, especially if you time your visit well - daffodils, bluebells and the famous azalea collection are all marvellous on a sunny day.
There are a few marked walks and it is possible to see plenty from the upper level without having the steep climb down (and up) to the lake, but children will enjoy this part, along with a new boardwalk over a lake garden. The arboretum also arranges seasonal activities and games for children - check first.
There is a disabled entrance at the bottom of the arboretum (drive past the main entrance then double back to the left), but this is along a narrow, windy road and, of course, from the bottom it is the same steep climb up to the top of the hill. But the bottom gate gives easy access to the lake and boardwalk.

2  Thank keithmalin
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

A National Trust woodland with many species of trees and plants. Each season has its own special beauty. There is a beautiful lake, many footpaths with lots of birds and lots of peace and quiet! There is a delightful little café with gorgeous home made cakes and pastries, although a little on the expensive side. Dog friendly provided on a lead!

Thank Gillian C
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