A trek, a hike or a stroll. We have a walking route for you.
At the Best Log Cabin, we are very lucky to be nestled in the heart of the Surrey Hills and to be blessed with truly beautiful countryside and nature right on our doorstep. We are often asked by our guests whether there are any good hikes or walks to go on and the answer is yes.
Whether you enjoy a leisurely stroll or prefer a longer hike, there’s plenty to chose from near to our farm.
1/ Box Hill (2-8 mile route)
In recent years, Box Hill was made famous by the London 2012 cycle race when famous cyclists from around the world graced the Surrey roads and ascended the Surrey Hill. But it isn’t just great for cycling. It is a fantastic country walk too. There are three recommended routes on the National Trust website but we love the Stepping Stones walk. Start at the bottom by the shaded stepping stones that cross the river and make your way up the hill to the top where you will reach the viewing point that provides beautiful views over the Surrey and Sussex countryside. On a clear day you may even be able to see the sea. There is a National Trust café at the top which serves fantastic cakes.
If you decide to make the trek back down the hill, the Stepping Stones pub is a great place to stop for a bite to eat. Just cross the A24 and follow the signs to Box Hill and Westhumble train station.
2/ LEITH HILL (0.75 – 2 MILE ROUTE)
Situated just a few miles from our farm, Leith Hill is the highest point in Surrey and offers beautiful views out across the countryside. Once at the top, you can climb Leith Hill Tower where, on a clear day, you can see the English Channel to the South and the clock face of Big Ben to the north. There are several walking routes around the hill, depending on your interests and how far you want to go, as well as a Rhododendron wood and all sorts of wildlife to be spotted. If you find the walk is thirsty work, a tea room is located at the top of Leith Hill where you can stop for a break. With truly magnificent views, it is well worth a visit.
3/ dENBIES VINEYARD (2 MILES)
Do you like wine? Did you know that Surrey has its very own vineyard? Situated in Dorking, Denbies vineyard provides a beautiful backdrop for a country walk. The two-mile hillside walk is perfect for those with or without dogs. Once you have completed your walk you can enjoy a glass of wine, a cup of tea or a bite to eat at the vineyard’s very own onsite café. Although dogs are unable to come inside Denbies, there are also a number of dog friendly pubs near by including the Stepping Stones King William IV.
4/ pOLESDEN LACEY (0.5-4.2 MILE ROUTE)
The Polesden Lacey House and Estate is located at nearby Great Bookham on the North Downs. The Edwardian House is a great place to explore if you are interested in learning about typical Regency living, while outside, the estate provides a lovely location for a relaxing stroll. A walled rose garden, ancient woodland and landscaped lawns mean there’s lots to explore on a summer’s day. There are several walking routes to enjoy so there is bound to be something to suit everyone.
5/ ABINGER HAMMER (2.1 MILE ROUTE)
Abinger Hammer is a typical quaint little village which is just a perfect location for a day trip. Situated in the Tillingbourne Valley, the village is home to a small tea room, beautiful stream and its very own trout farm and smokery where you can catch or buy your dinner for the night! A 3.5km stroll starting in the village is the perfect way to relax and the flat landscape in this area makes it an easy walk, whatever your capabilities.