Exploring Winkworth Arboretum’s exotic trees and shrubs

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Lowland and Hill Walks
May 14

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11 miles

This is a circular walk from Godalming train station (easily reached from London Waterloo by train in about 40 minutes) to visit the colour-filled collection of trees and shrubs at the National Trust’s Winkworth Arboretum.

Winkworth is spread over 95 acres and has more than 1,000 different species of trees and shrubs (many rare specimens) with some lovely trails making for a good walk at any time of the year. There are two lakes with a picturesque boathouse, open areas, and a wetland area. It is the vision of Dr Wilfred Fox, an amateur gardener and botanist, who acquired the land in the 1930s, and bequeathed it to the National Trust in 1952. Entrance to the arboretum is free to members of the National Trust, otherwise the standard adult admission is £11.00 or £12.10 with Gift Aid.  

The walk is mostly along bridleways and lanes returning along the River Wey towpath. At the end of the walk there will be an opportunity to wander the quaint streets of Godalming (an ancient market and coaching town), visit the picturesque Saint Peter and St Paul Church, see the Phillips Memorial Park and have a drink at The Star – an award-winning pub that dates to the 1700s. 

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