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Why Surrey Offers the Best of Both Worlds

The last 18 months have seen many reevaluating their current situations and moving out of the city and into a more peaceful way of life. Surrey offers the absolute best of both worlds, being just outside of London, but also featuring beautiful woodland and countryside and the quieter rural lifestyle. 

Living in Surrey means you can get the vast green spaces whilst being able to enjoy the bustling capital in around 35 minutes. Here we’ll give you the best stops from Surrey to London for those looking for the best of both worlds. 


With the highest proportion of woodland of all the counties in England, Surrey is the perfect location for any keen rambler or nature lover. You’ll find plenty of choices when it comes to exploring beautiful nature trails, all right on your doorstep, starting with;

Box Hill

The Old Fort, Box Hill Road, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 7LB

Box Hill is a beautiful countryside setting for a family walk on a Sunday afternoon, exploring Surrey Hills and the North Downs. With plenty of pre-set trails, you can pick a route that suits you. 

  • National Trust
  • Wildlife
  • Countryside walks
Alice Holt Forest

Bucks Horn Oak, Farnham, GU10 4LS

From exciting treetop adventures to tranquil walks through the woodlands spotting the wildlife, there’s something for everyone at Alice Holt. There is an abundance of different trails to choose from and play areas for the little ones as you go along. Keep your eyes open for the Gruffalo sculptures!

  • Woodland walks
  • Treetop adventure
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Gruffalo sculpture
  • Horse riding
  • Playground
  • Café
Lightwater Country Park

72 The Avenue, Lightwater, GU18 5RG

With 59 hectares on the edge of Lightwater Village, Lightwater Country Park has plenty of space to explore, with tons of wildlife to spot! Although the park is predominantly heathland, you will come across a gorgeous pond, woodland, and meadows to explore. It is the perfect location for sunny picnics, leisurely walks and woodland exploring! 

  • Woodland walks
  • Wildlife spotting
  • Playground
  • Café
  • Ponds

35 minutes later…

Waterloo Station and the never-ending list of pubs, restaurants, museums, sights, and attractions London has to offer. Here are a few less than a 5-minute walk from Waterloo station.

South bank

Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX, 2 minutes walks from Waterloo Station

Southbank is host to some of the most popular attractions in London, like the London Eye, the Old Vic Theatre, Westminster Bridge, and Waterloo Bridge. You can expect the usual London scene with a host of bars, restaurants, and shops to stop by as well as the stunning views of Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral just across the water. 

  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Shops
  • London Eye
  • Parliament
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Westminster Bridge
  • Waterloo Bridge

As well as what is on offer in just a stone’s throw from Waterloo Stations, you can get everything else in London through the tube to museums, galleries, attractions like The London Dungeons, and every themed bar and restaurant you can imagine.

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