Enjoy a series of woodland walking trails in this beautiful arboretum in Godalming. The area is run by the National Trust so there are very good facilities including a free car park and a tea room. In the woods you will find over 1,000 different shrubs and trees with many rare species. These include magnolias, bluebells, azaleas, rhododendron and holly. There are also large landscaped garden lakes, an attractive boathouse and lovely carved benches with animal figures.
There are three colour coded, waymarked trails to try:- a blue 'Access for All' walk, a yellow 'Taste of Winkworth' walk and a red 'Challenging' walk. Look out for wildlife such as herons, green woodpecker and cormorants.
It's a great place to spend a peaceful afternoon, particularly in autumn when the woods look spectacular.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby River Wey Navigation and enjoy a waterside stroll along the towpath from Godalming.
Just over a mile to the south west is another fine National Trust owned area. Hydon's Ball and Hydon Heath have a waymarked footoath taking you to the Octavia Hill memorial seat where there are splendid views over the Surrey Hills. You can follow footpaths from the arboretum through Busbridge Woods and the Juniper Valley to reach the site.
PostcodeGU8 4AD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Winkworth Arboretum Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Winkworth Arboretum Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Winkworth Arboretum OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Winkworth Arboretum Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The site is a lovely place for a dog walk though you are asked to keep them on leads.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Both the Hambleden Walk and the Chiddingfold Walk visit the site from the nearby villages. They are both worth a visit with the latter including a village green, a beautiful landscaped open garden and one of the oldest pubs in England.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Surrey Walks and the Surrey Hills Walks pages.