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Welcome Did you know that the North Downs Way was an inspiration to some of our most famous authors and poets including Lewis Carroll and John Keats? Or that the Basingstoke Canal is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the range of water plants and dragonfly species? There’s lots to learn and explore in Surrey’s countryside and not just in the summer months. This magazine aims to inspire you to get out and about this autumn and winter and really enjoy what the county has to offer. In this issue there are ideas for getting kids out and on the road to good health as well as details of lots of events taking place. On page 11 a pull out map shows walking and cycling routes in Norbury Park, while a feature on page 14 turns the spotlight on the Living Woodlands Project.

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Fishing on the Basingstoke Canal Looking after Surrey’s countryside is an important part of our work at the county council, but we couldn’t do it without the help of volunteers. Throughout the magazine there are details of how people can get involved, but if you’re a volunteer already I’d love to hear what you do and what you think makes Surrey’s countryside special. Please feel free to email me at exploresurrey@surreycc. gov.uk or call 03456 009 009. Look forward to hearing from you.

John Furey Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment Surrey County Council

4 Walk the spectacular North Downs Way 8 Getting the kids outdoors 10 Explore the hidden corners of Norbury Park 12 Discover the wonders of the Basingstoke Canal 14 Turning the spotlight on

Surrey’s woodlands

Painshill Park by Fred Holmes

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There’s always something new to explore on the North Downs Way.

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pectacular scenery, picturesque villages and glorious rolling countryside are just some of the attractions offered by the North Downs Way National Trail. Passing through both the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) the route is perfect for walking with short sections also open to horse riders and cyclists. “Living in Dorking, I love striding out onto the North Downs to enjoy the countryside,” said Belinda Knox, who has produced a photographic book about the trail. “Birch trees soar into the sky, yews cling firmly to the ground and there are flowers and wildlife everywhere. “It’s healthy, beautiful and a

great tonic to busy lives. I have walked the Way several times and was inspired to do a book as a result.” There’s always something new to explore on the North Downs Way as the route benefits from a wealth of wildlife, history, landscapes, attractions, villages and towns. With excellent public transport links to the trail (it is easily reached by train from London) and a wide choice of accommodation along the route, there is plenty of opportunity to explore the trail whether on a day trip or a walking holiday. Around a third of the route is in Surrey, beginning in the market town of Farnham and then following the line of the North Downs eastwards close to Guildford,  Dorking and ➜

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14 October Walk parts of the North Downs Way with Guildford & Godalming Ramblers 5 miles approx to finish at Watts Gallery for optional tea; meet 1.15pm at Village Hall in Compton. More details from Damian on 01483 422137 or 07790 164274.

2 November Walk the Chalk with North Downs West Rangers Part of the Walking Festival run by Nati onal Trust Surrey Hills Estate Office; 9am to 4pm, 7 miles approx, challenging, charges apply. Details from surreyhills@nationaltru st. org.uk. 17 November Wotton and Abinger Walk with Sur rey Under 40s Ramblers Group 7 miles hilly walk with fantastic views across the Surrey Hills; meet 1pm at Gomshall station. More details from Paul Reynolds on 07516 189604 or at www.surreyyoungwalkers.org.uk.

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North Downs Way

Belinda Knox

Dawn view from St Martha’s Hill, Guildford which is said to have provided inspiration for Lewis Carroll Reigate to reach the Kentish border. Much of the trail follows the legendary Pilgrims Way. This historic route has, for years, been used by those making pilgrimages to pray at holy shrines. The Old Road from Winchester to Canterbury that became the Pilgrim’s Way coincides with the North Downs Way eastwards from Farnham and is a well travelled road. It held a compelling fascination for many writers and, as we walk the North Downs Way today, the landmarks and villages that they recognised and described can still be seen and are surprisingly very little changed. John Bunyan lived in

weekends and long vacations. Shalford and would have The first and last chapters of Alice been well acquainted with the Through the Looking Glass were annual Becket’s Fair where the written at The Chestnuts and so drunkenness, exhibition fighting were many books on logic and and side shows were regarded mathematics. with horror by this sober Puritan To find out more about the and could well have been the North Downs Way follow the model for the Vanity Fair that links from www.surreycc.gov. Christian and Faithful pass uk/countryside. The official through in The Pilgrim’s Progress. guidebook, North Downs Way Lewis Carroll first rented the by Colin Saunders, is published house called The Chestnuts in by Aurum Press. Guildford in 1866 Belinda Knox’s as a home for his book The North six unmarried Downs Way is sisters and their The 153 mile route passes available in all good housekeeper, but three cathedrals, nine bookshops and it became the castles, three palaces, online from www. place to which six stately homes and kneadingpeople. he escaped from most importantly, nearly co.uk. university life for 300 pubs!

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Explore Surrey’s waterway heritage

Surrey Ramblers Come and walk with one of our 17 local groups in Surrey’s countryside and other parts of the South East and beyond.

The Wey-South Path follows the route of the Wey & Arun Canal through Surrey, from Guildford to Alfold, then on into Sussex. A detailed walking guide is available from the Canal Trust.

Canal talks and enquiries: 01483 505566, support@ weyandarun.co.uk Mail order: 01403 752403, office@ weyandarun.co.uk

Our walks vary in length to suit all tastes and abilities. Meet new friends who share a common interest in the countryside. Help protect paths and open spaces by joining one of our local group working parties. As a member of a national organisation you are free to go on a walk with 480 Ramblers local Groups across Britain. Visit www.surreyramblers.org.uk.

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Development (SOLD), three outdoor pursuits centres based at High Ashurst in Dorking, Henley Fort in Guildford and Thames Young Mariners in Richmond. Sarah Crow, Marketing Manager for SOLD said: “We offer a variety of outdoor activities for all ages such as climbing, kayaking, mountain-biking, challenge courses on high ropes and much, much more.” Working mainly with young people from schools and a variety of youth groups, their approach is ‘challenge by choice’, which means every child is encouraged to push themselves and attempt to achieve something they From former Gladiator and mum of didn’t believe three, Kate Staples: they were l Go for a nature walk to take in capable of. the sights and sounds of the Amber, a 16 colder months. year old student l Pedal up! Go for family bike rides who is about to and stop for views along the way. start a BTEC in l Grab a notebook and pen and go photography hunting for bugs. at college l Plan a treasure hunt around said: “The rock your local area. climbing really l Visit your nearest riverbank to skim tested me as stones and race against each other. I do not like heights but

hether it’s building rafts, flying down zip-wires, or going on a nature walk, there’s plenty for kids to see and do in Surrey’s countryside. But are your kids taking part? Sometimes it may seem hard to get them away from their gadgets and into the outdoors, especially when it’s cold outside, but the spirit of the London 2012 Games gives the perfect opportunity to encourage kids to get active and explore what Surrey has to offer. Take for example, Surrey Outdoor Learning &

Easy tips to get your kids active outdoors

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thanks to the instructors at SOLD, I managed to get halfway up the climbing wall which is a real achievement for me.” Any form of physical exercise is important for children because it prevents obesity, builds confidence, reduces stress and also improves sleep quality – the trick is to make it fun for them. Another place for kids to explore, have fun and burn off some energy is Leith Hill and Tower near Dorking, the highest point in South East England. Dad of three girls, Paul Mitchell who lives in nearby Holmbury St Mary, said: “We have been coming to Leith Hill almost every weekend to walk, ride horses or cycle since the children were tiny. Being outdoors as a family means we can keep fit, have fun and enjoy the beautiful Surrey countryside.” The area has lots of walking trails, plenty of wildlife and trees


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October half term SOLD is running adventure courses for children aged 8 –16. Contact 01372 378901 for more details.

27 October Hatchlands Park Bat Walk, East Clan don Enjoy a walk around the park at dusk and see how many of the nine bat species you can spot. Bat detectors provided. 6.30 -9pm. £8 adults; £4 child. Email hatchlands@ nationaltrust.org.uk for more deta ils.

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to spot and is topped off with amazing views that stretch out across the county. So why not take a closer look at what Surrey’s outdoor playground has to offer – there’s something everywhere for everyone to enjoy. Visit www.surreycc. gov.uk/exploresurrey to start planning!

28 October Gatton Park Ghost Stories, Reigate A guide will lead you around ghostly Gatton Park to hear some spooky stories. All children to be accompanied by an adu lt. Tours at 5 (for younger children), 6 and 7pm. £5 per person. Contact 01737 649066 for more details. Visit our ‘What’s on’ pages for a vari ety of Christmas events too.

Kate Staples

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here are lots of great walking and cycling trails you might like to try in Surrey. These two take in areas of Norbury Park, which lies within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, west of the River Mole and the A24 between Westhumble and the borders of Fetcham and Great Bookham. The park lies close to parts of the Olympic Road Cycling Road Race route, near to Box Hill, and has a mix of woodland, chalk grassland and farmed fields. It was also the first area of countryside purchased by Surrey County Council in 1931 to

protect it against development and is now managed on our behalf by Surrey Wildlife Trust. The green-marked walking trail is around 2 miles long and fairly easy, taking the average walker under 2 hours. The second (shown in purple) is a family off-road cycle route of about 4.5 miles that will take about 1.5 hours, but can be walked in around 2 hours. Both trails start from public free car parks and use fairly well surfaced tracks with some hilly parts, but with plenty of places for rest or picnicking. There are also refreshment and toilet

facilities at Bocketts Farm near to the start of both trails. Remember to visit our web pages at www.surreycc.gov. uk/exploresurrey to download full directions and highlights or contact Surrey Wildlife Trust on 01483 795440 for a leaflet (also available from Bocketts Farm). OS Explorer map 146 covers this area. Explore Surrey readers: Get 20% off all food and drink when you spend over £5 in the Bockett’s Farm Tearooms. See page 19 for details.

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Walk and cycle highlights: A. As you walk along the bank of the River Mole, a tributary of the Thames, look out for flashes of turquoise from kingfishers patrolling the river. B. An ancient site, Norbury may have been one of the Mickleham manors mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. The present Norbury Park house was built in 1774 for the Locke family and the house and grounds are still in private ownership. C. Enjoy the stunning woodland views and spot the different

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types of wood such as softwoods (pine) and hardwoods (beech and oak). If you visit in spring, the Hazels’ woodland is covered in primroses. D. Norbury Park Sawmill, built in the late 1970s, helped to repair parts of the Basingstoke Canal, using local timber for reconstruction work. The Sawmill is now managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust and makes a large range of wood products mainly from local oak. E. The Roaringhouse Farm Granary is set on mushroom shaped pillars, known as ‘staddle stones’, which allowed air to circulate and prevented mice and rats from stealing the grain stored inside.


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ne of Surrey and Hampshire’s most popular ‘green’ corridors, the Basingstoke Canal, is going through a period of regeneration. A programme of repair and improvement on the locks and embankments is underway to make sure the canal remains safe, while also making it possible for boat traffic to travel its whole length and help boost the local economy. Peter Martin, Surrey County Council’s Deputy Leader explained: “Both ourselves and Hampshire County Council recognise the canal is an

important and well-loved asset for its communities. It is an attraction to residents and businesses to locate to the area, as well as an important site of nature conservation.” The canal is full of wildlife and in 1975 it was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the range of water plants and dragonfly species. With 87 species it is the most diverse single body of water in the UK for water plants. This is due to the distinctive water chemistry, which is alkaline from the Hampshire chalk springs, gradually changing to acidic as it passes through the sandy

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Surrey heaths. “Managing the SSSI is challenging,” added Peter. “One of the biggest reasons for the decline in the diversity of water plants in places is the much loved tree cover which has grown up over the years of dereliction, shading the water and creating organic build up from fallen leaves. The challenge is to get the balance of tree numbers right between conservation needs but still preserving the character of the tree-lined canal corridor.” The Basingstoke Canal was built in the 1790s to take bulk agricultural products (grain, timber, etc) from the heart of Hampshire


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to the markets and docks in London, and to bring goods such as coal and pottery back. The canal has had a chequered life suffering from a lack of water in summer and then increasing competition from the railways. It has become virtually derelict and been restored twice in its 220 year history. The second time was when Surrey and Hampshire County Councils came to the rescue of the canal in the early 1970s and during the next two decades the councils, supported by thousands of volunteer hours, restored 32 miles of the canal, which officially re-opened for boat traffic in 1991.

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31 October Canal family walk The ranger will lead a gentle stroll alon g the towpath looking at the wildlife both on and off the canal. 10.30am - 12pm. Mee t at the Canal Centre, Mytchett. £3 per pers on. Booking essential on 01252 370073 .

1 to 23 December Santa Cruises on the Basingstoke Can al Climb aboard our boat Rosebud to the start of the tinsel trail in the woods. Receive your gift from Father Christmas in his grotto, then go back to the Canal Centre, Mychett for Christmas fare. Charges apply. Details from info@basingstoke-canal.co.uk.

Today the canal is a green oasis connecting urban areas with the countryside. It is a pleasant place for anyone to walk, jog or cycle on the largely level towpath and is also popular with canoeists and anglers. Larger boats can currently cruise from the Wey Navigations to Woking and from Mytchett to Greywell, while canal-boat trips operate from the Canal Centre at Mytchett and from Odiham.

The canal is managed on a day-to-day basis by a small band of dedicated staff and rangers who work for the Basingstoke Canal Authority. The ranger team are supported by volunteers including local residents, the Surrey & Hants Canal Society and many clubs and societies. If you’re interested in volunteering to help look after the canal you can contact the Basingstoke Canal Authority on 01252 370073.

Young cyclist Phil Cooper says: “I’ve grown up in Woking, but I never knew there was such a great cycle ride that l could take along the towpath, and stay off-road. It links into other paths and routes so I can go as far as I want. The other day I saw a bat, a heron and loads of other wildlife while I was out cycling. It’s great!” www.surreycc.gov.uk/exploresurrey

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id you know that Surrey is the most wooded county in England, with many beautiful spots to visit? Woodland covers almost a quarter of our land area, far more than the national average of 8.5%. For people living and working in Surrey, being surrounded by lush, leafy green woods, offers the perfect place for a range of leisure pursuits; from walking to cycling, to team building exercises and family picnics. John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment

Fund, aims to manage local said: “Surrey offers you more woodlands, improve nature woodlands to explore than conservation and support anywhere else, boasting a varied selection of woodland types, traditional woodland workers. some of it designated as ancient. Dawn Fielding, Project Officer “But if our woodlands are to says: “My role is to help bring survive for future generations Surrey’s woodlands back into to enjoy, it is not management enough just to and inform people about preserve them Did you know? why we need to – it’s essential to Waverley Borough is almost protect them.” manage them.” as wooded as the New Volunteers The Living Forest in Hampshire. Woodlands Project Surrey’s woodlands are home to are helping to in North Surrey, a vast array of wildlife including protect woods for example by funded by the up to 43 species of butterflies Heritage Lottery planting trees, and 623 types of moths.

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Holmbury Hill Woodlands

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day… providing much needed shelter and food for wildlife as well as giving new life to trees that may live to be hundreds of years old. The project also offers opportunities for rural employment to local coppice workers and craftsmen, maintaining an important link with Surrey’s heritage. Dawn adds: “Woodlands are a great habitat for wildlife but also produce lots of timber that can be used for firewood or by wood crafters to make furniture and fencing, contributing to the rural economy.”

4 November Autumn Glory Woodland Walk Take a walk in the woods with a Runnym ede ranger for an insider’s glimpse of the wint er woodlands. Meet at top of Coopers Hill/ Lane at 11am till 12.30pm. Charges apply, boo king essential on 0844 249 1895.

There are six woodlands 2 January currently in the Inspired in Woldingham’s Woodlands project across Expansive views and towering beech tree s Kingston, abound on this New Year’s walk through Elmbridge and Woodland Trust woodland and chalk farm land. Epsom & Ewell. A 2.5 hour walk, meet at 10am at South Hawke So this autumn car park. Call 01737 737700. and winter, take the time to enjoy To see what other walks are planned , Surrey’s most visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/events. spectacular can continue scenery – you wouldn’t want to miss it! But to enjoy them now and into the future. For more information or spare a thought for how much to get involved, visit work goes into looking after them so you and your families www.livingwoodlands.org.uk. www.surreycc.gov.uk/exploresurrey

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21 October Living Woodlands Fayre Free woodland fun for all the family at Horton Country Park, Espom from 11am to 4pm . Children’s activities, storytelling, wood and bush crafts, demonstrations and refreshm ents. Details on 01372 743783.


What’s on… Here’s a flavour of the events and walks taking place this autumn and winter. For more visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/events.

9 October

Limpsfield Chart GO50 walk

Choose either a four or eight mile walk with good views. Details from go50@ageuksurrey. org.uk. 14 and 28 October

Fascinating Fungi

Join a local National Trust fungi expert to discover the different types of autumnal fungi around. Meet at the top of Coopers Hill Woods, Runnymede at 11am till 12.30pm. To book, call 0844 249 1895.

harvest festival. For details visit www.rhs. org.uk/gardens/wisley or call 0845 260 9000. 21 October

Gatton Park Volunteering Day

10am to 4pm, open to all ages. Details from www. gattonpark.com or call 01737 649068. 22 October

Celebrate the last 200 years of Charles Dickens with his great great great granddaughter, Lucinda Hawksley, at Watts Gallery. For details call 01483 810235 or email info@ wattsgallery. org.uk.

Walking on Horsell Common

A Taste of Autumn Celebrate all that’s fresh and tasty this autumn at RHS Wisley’s annual

27 October to 4 November

Wizards and Witches Week

Fun half-term activities for all the family including a quiz trail, creepy crafts and hundreds of pumpkins! Details at www. bockettsfarm. co.uk.

contact Richard Jeffries on 01483 534706. 10 November

Kingston Ramblers Bantead to Coulsdon five mile walk, meet at Banstead station at 11.15am, approx three hours. Details at www. kingston-ramblers. org.uk or 01932 784866.

The Relevance of Dickens Today

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Join the Woking Ramblers for a five mile walk through woods and farmland around Horsell, Mimbridge and Chobham. For details call 01932 343849.

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3 November

11 and 18 November

Learn how to capture the beauty of the season at Winkworth Arboretum. £6 adult; £3 child. Email winkworth. arboretum@ nationaltrust.org.uk for more details.

Join the housekeeper on a tour of the servants’ spaces at Clandon. 11am to 4pm. Details on 01483 222482 or email clandonpark@ nationaltrust.org.uk.

Autumn photography

Putting the House to Bed at Clandon Park

7 November

24 November

A three mile walk through the 158 acre landscape garden. Meet at 10.15am. For details

West Surrey Natural History Society two and a half mile hilly walk. Details at

Age UK walk at Painshill Park

St Martha’s Hill walk


Events

Crystal Grotto, Painshill Park

01483 567041. 1, 2 and 8 December

Christmas at Gatton Park

Wreath making and visits to Santa’s Grotto. For more details and to book visit www. gatton-park.com. 1 to 24 December

Father Christmas in the Crystal Grotto at Painshill Park Booking lines (01932 868113) open to members from 8 to 12 October and general public from 15 October. www.painshill.co.uk. 9 and 19 December

Christmas Tree Adventure at Leith Hill

Join NT volunteers to help with scrub clearance and cut down a Scots pine tree for Christmas. 11am to 3pm. Details on 01306 712711. 15 and 16 December

Festive fun at Lightwater Country Park

Join in with the outdoor treasure hunt, card and

hat making between 11am and 3pm. Details on 01276 707166. www.surreyheath. gov.uk. 16 December

Christmas at Semaphore Tower, Ockham

Meet Father Christmas and his elves at the very top of the tower and receive a Christmas gift. Booking essential on 01483 795471 or at www. surreywildlifetrust.org. 19 and 20 December

Carols at Clandon Park

For details of performance times and to book, call 01483 444333 or visit www. visitguildford.com. 22 December to 6 January 2013

Ramblers’ Festival of Winter Walks

For more details visit www. surreyramblers. org.uk.

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er – March Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

Rambles at Polesden Lacey

A gentle ramble from 11am to 1pm. £4 each. To book call 01372 452048. 13 January

Upstream Walk along the River Wey

A five mile circular walk along the natural River Wey via Hurtmore and Charterhouse with the NT lengthsman. Details on 01483 561 389. www.nationaltrust.org. uk/riverwey.

2 February and 2 March

Make your own Bird Feeder in Tilgate Park, Crawley

10am to 12.30pm. £3 per child. Details on 01273 497561. 3 February

Banstead volunteering day

10am to 4pm. Call 01737 737700 for more details. 3 to 24 February

Snowdrop Sundays at Gatton Park

Open every Sunday in February and half-term. Adults £4; children free www.gatton-park.com. 10 March

Step into Spring Figure of Eight

Join Surrey & Beyond Walkers for half or the whole walk around Waverley Abbey and Frensham Little Pond. Details at www.sabrewalkers.org.uk. explore surrey

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Noticeboard Become a countryside volunteer

Would you like to help look after our countryside? There are so many opportunities such as helping with guided walks and tree planting. Whatever your interests or skills, whether you are a group, an individual or even a school, we’d love to hear from you - take a look at www.surreycc.gov.uk/ countrysidevolunteering.

Free self guided walk leaflets The Downlands Project offers a wide range of free self guided walk leaflets covering scenic routes across Surrey and south London. They include the stunning Downlands Circular Walk (Happy Valley/Chaldon area), North Downs Ridge Circular Walk (Reigate Hill), Shabden & Upper Gatton Parks Circular Walk and Dorking to Gomshall (Walk the Chalk). Plus look out for a brand new leaflet for the Banstead Woods Nature Trail too. Email downlands@ surreycc.gov.uk or call 01737 737700 to request your free copies.

On the hunt for The Great British Walk Who loves walking in Surrey? Vote for your favourite Surrey walk in a National Trust competition, which marks the beginning of the Trust’s Great British Walk celebration, running until 4 November. More than 3,000 events have been planned at National Trust properties in some of the country’s best walking locations, including Surrey. For more information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

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Didyou know Surrey has 43 museums & galleries? Surrey has the largest countryside museum collection in the South East hiding treasures such as an Egyptian mummy, a Japanese spider crab, a Viking sword, a crystal grotto and 30 London buses. You can also take part in a range of activities such as archaeology digs, vintage car rides, arts and crafts, re-enactments, exhibitions, talks, tours and workshops. So visit www. surreymuseums. org.uk to plan your visit today.

Pick up after your pooch

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