The valley walk at Polesden Lacey encapsulates the beautiful English countryside, nestled between the rolling hills of the North Downs. Despite being just a stone’s throw away from London, this tranquil 2 mile stroll really does feel like a little piece of England, that time has forgotten.
The walk takes you through lush green valleys offering open pastoral views for as far as the eye can see. The walk goes past old farm buildings and barns, rustic flint walls, a thatched bridge and the site of an ancient roman villa . Wild flowers abound in the open fields and amongst the shady woodlands and glades, while damselflies flit around the tranquil, cool dew ponds. On Sunday afternoons during summer the distant sound of jazz playing on the South lawn of the mansion mingles with bird song while at dusk pipistrelle bats dance in the dappled rays from the sinking sun.
It is Polesden personified and the quintessential escape from modern life. The walk finishes where it started – with a reminder of the modern urban world - as stunning distant views of London appear, glimmering in the midday sun with glimpses of the Wembley Arch, Windsor castle and Heathrow airport. The rangers have worked tirelessly installing new access gates along the valley, meaning this beautiful piece of England is with out doubt forever for everybody.