Lost Surrey estate, with restored landscaped garden and forests, ruined castles
Main Walk: 8.9 miles ( 14.3 km) with 880 ft ( 270 m) of elevation gain
Short Walk: 6 miles (10 km)
Drivers: save 2 miles (3 km) on the above
The Deepdene Trail is a series of walks centred on a newly restored landscaped garden of the former Deepdene Estate. There are short loops around the garden and its viewpoint, Chat Park, Gloty Wood, and a longer loop that visits the former estate, Betchworth park and Castle, and optionally lunch in Brockham.
The walks starts at either of Dorking's stations, and heads south for a mile to the restored gardens. Note: the OS map is misleading here. The entrance to the gardens off the main road is further south - and clearly marked with a road sign and information board.
There is a tour through woodland around the gardens - many rhodedendrons, with spectacular purple flowers in spring.
Then there is a much longer loop around the remains of the former estate, visiting Betworth Park, with an optional out-and-back walk to a small ruined castle, and another optional out-and-back walk to Brockham, a pretty village with a village green and 2 pubs. This entire loop can be skipped to make a short walk.
Back at the gardens, after visiting a viewpoint on a ridge at the top of the staircase, there's an out-and-back loop to visit the Hope Mausoleum, the only surviving building from the original 17thC estate.
The walk then crosses the main A24 to visit Glory Woods, before returning to the station via Cotmandene common - a "lawn" with views of the town and North Downs.
The GPS file is only approximate. Pick up a Deepdene Trail map in the gardens, or pick it up from the Deepdene Trail website. There's also an app.
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Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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