7 Top Dog Friendly Days Out in Surrey

Surrey, in the south of England, is sandwiched between London and the Sussex coast, so you have plenty to do whichever way you head.

The Best Places To Take Dogs in Surrey

In the county itself, you can tour country estates, ancient castles and formal gardens. Or head to Box Hill, home of the 2012 road cycling race – the views from the top are out of this world.

Epsom Downs surrounds the well-known racecourse, and you could get a peek at the horses as they train if you go for a walk early in the morning.

Or wander along the canals at Farnham to see water birds and wildlife beside the towpaths. There are several things to do and fun days with your dog in Surrey – here are just a few of them:

Activities & Things to Do

Find below 7 of the best days out in Surrey for dogs

1. Visit Waverley Abbey

Nestled on the edge of the River Wey, Waverley Abbey was the first Cistercian monastery founded in the UK. The ruins that are left of this 12th-century abbey are picturesque with many Gothic arches and the original dining hall remaining. A couple of information boards tell visitors about the history of the site – it’s fascinating stuff. The grounds stretch along the river and are lovely to stroll around. Dogs are allowed to walk here with you as long as they stay on a lead.

2. See The Art At The Sculpture Park In Churt

A 10-acre woodland is home to hundreds of outdoor sculptures created by 300 contemporary artists. Explore the 2-mile trail as a family, including the dog, and pick out your favourite sculpture from fountains, deer, dragons, abstract shapes and heads. The exhibits are always changing and many of them are for sale if you want your own artwork for the garden. The park is open all year round.

3. Hike Around the Epsom Downs

The Epsom Downs surrounds the famous racecourse and goes on for miles and miles. You can walk with man’s best friend for a short while, or spend most of the day there enjoying the peace and quiet. Some areas of the Downs are used to exercise the racehorses and doggies must be kept on a lead in these spots, but there is lots of space to let them run off-leash too, just keep an eye out for the signs.

4. Climb The Tower Of Guildford Castle

In the heart of Guildford, there’s a handsome castle with a tower that’s been painstakingly restored. For a small fee, visitors can climb up to the top and take in the far-reaching views. Doggies can scale the fortification too – it’s easier on 4 legs. And when you have seen everything inside, a walk in the gardens is a must, they are beautifully planted and full of colour no matter what season it is.

5. Learn About Wine At Denbies Vineyard

As one of the largest producers of wine in England, Denbies are the experts when it comes to a bottle of vino. Visitors are welcome to tour the estate – there’s even a land train to catch for a tour if you book. Denbies offer different tours, events and tastings throughout the year so check the what’s on page to see what is happening when you’re in the area. Dogs can tour the outside areas – which go on for acres – but aren’t permitted indoors.

6. Take A Cruise Along The Thames

At Chertsey Meads, you can hire a boat for 2 to 12 people – and doggies are welcome onboard as well. Self-drive your way along the water spotting birds and mammals as you go. Hire your chosen vessel for an hour or all day – and the boats come with shade or cover so you can venture out whatever the weather.

7. Walk On Witley Common

Witley Common is spawling heathland in an area of Scientific Interest. Crossed with footpaths, it’s the place to go for some time away from the hustle and bustle. A short nature trail is ideal for a family ramble, with a longer marked route of 3 miles if you want something a little more challenging. Take a picnic and enjoy time outside for a while.

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