What's On

The Trail is now open! Please come and explore for free anytime between dawn and dusk.


There are routes from 1 mile to 9 miles to explore, download our Trail map to find out more.


Family Nature Trail

Thursday 3rd August, 10.30am

Meeting point: The Deepdene Trail main entrance, Deepdene Avenue, Dorking, RH5 4AZ

Join expert guide Jim Storrar, an independent field ecologist, on a 1.5 mile circular walk of the Gardens and Terrace of Deepdene. Jim is an experienced group guide, with a personal passion for the countryside. He spent many years as a National Trust Ranger on Leith Hill and he currently utilises his wealth of ecological knowledge to inform and inspire others.

The Nature Trail will give a fascinating insight to the varied plants and wildlife that make the Deepdene's landscape unique with fun activities for all the family to get involved.

Price: £3 per ticket, under 5s go free. Book in person or online via Dorking Halls Box Office or call 01306 881717.

Parking: Nearest parking to the Trail entrance is at the Reigate Road/Dorking Halls car park RH4 1SD se our 'How to find us' page for more info.

Duration: The walk will take up to 2 hours.

Access: This walk will feature grassy slopes, some steep areas and uneven paths. A reasonable level of fitness is required and sturdy footwear is recommended.


Deepdene History Detectives

Saturday 12th and Wednesday 23rd August, 10.30am

Meeting point: The Deepdene Trail main entrance, Deepdene Avenue, Dorking, RH5 4AZ

Join us this summer for the Deepdene's History Detectives Walk, perfect for those fascinated by mysterious maps, ancient remains and a cursed gem.

This walk is ideal for families, lasting around 1.5 hours around the Gardens and Terrace of Deepdene and led by Gail Mackintosh our Activities Co-ordinator. Gail will provide a fun, mini-adventure for all ages and light refreshments will be provided.

Price: £3 per ticket, under 5s go free. Book in person or online via Dorking Halls Box Office or call 01306 881717.

Parking: Nearest parking to the Trail entrance is at the Reigate Road/Dorking Halls car park RH4 1SD se our 'How to find us' page for more info.

Duration: The walk will take up to 2 hours.

Access: This walk will feature grassy slopes, some steep areas and uneven paths. A reasonable level of fitness is required and sturdy footwear is recommended.


Natural History Walk

Saturday 19th August, 3.30pm

Meeting point: On the Village Green outside The Royal Oak, Betchworth, Surrey, RH3 7JS

Join expert guide Jim Storrar, an independent field ecologist, on a 4.5 mile circular walk of of the Deepdene's varied landscapes. Jim is an experienced group guide, with a personal passion for the countryside. He spent many years as a National Trust Ranger on Leith Hill and he currently utilises his wealth of ecological knowledge to inform and inspire others.

The Natural History walk will give a fascinating insight to the varied plants and wildlife that make the Deepdene's landscape unique and deepen your connection with the countryside on a beautiful summer afternoon.

Price: £3 per ticket, under 5s go free. Book in person or online via Dorking Halls Box Office or call 01306 881717.

Parking: Nearest parking is around the Brockham, Village Green.

Duration: The walk will take around 2.5 hours.

Access: This route contains stiles, slopes and uneven ground. Sturdy footwear and reasonable level of fitness recommended.


Evening Bat Walk

Saturday 19th August, 7.30pm

Meeting point: On the Village Green outside The Royal Oak, Betchworth, Surrey, RH3 7JS

Deepdene's Bat Walk explores the nocturnal world of the Deepdene's landscape using professional bat detecting equipment to attempt to spot these fascinating creatures as they emerge at night. This walk includes an atmospheric visit to Betchworth Castle, a perfect spot for spotting bats.

Expert guide Jim Storrar, an independent field ecologist, will lead you on this 1.5 hour exploration to track these often-misunderstood mammals. Jim is an experienced group guide, with a personal passion for the countryside. He spent many years as a National Trust Ranger on Leith Hill and he currently utilises his wealth of ecological knowledge to inform and inspire others.

Price: £5 per ticket, 8- 14 years old £3 per ticket. Book in person or online via Dorking Halls Box Office or call 01306 881717.

Not recommended for children under 8.

Parking: Nearest parking is around the Brockham, Village Green.

Duration: The walk will take around 2 hours.

Access: This route contains slopes and uneven ground. Sturdy footwear and reasonable level of fitness recommended. The return walk will be after sunset using torches.


Guided Walks with Dorking Museum

Hear the hidden stories of the Deepdene and gain exclusive access to the Hope Mausoleum with the Dorking Museum walks team.

Group Tours are available on any date to suit you, and regular walks open to all will be offered throughout the year for a small donation towards the Museum.

Next public walk:  Sunday 10th September, 10.30am

Visit Dorking Museum's website to find out more and book your tour.

 

Inspired by Thomas Hope - Embroidery Workshops  - New Dates announced!

Dates: Wednesday 18th October and Wednesday 15th November

Location: The Gilliangladrag Fluffatorium, 20 West Street, Dorking, RH4 1BL, UK

Time: All courses run from 2pm-5pm.

Cost: FREE

Learn to stitch an exquisite new design created and taught by Sophie Long - author of "Mastering the art of Embroidery" and "Ribbonwork Embroidery" - inspired by the style of Regency-era tastemaker, and one-time owner of the Deepdene, Thomas Hope. Sophie will take you through how to set out the delightful surface stitching, introduce a little gold metal thread embroidery and sequins and get you set to complete the wonderful work at home.

Visit the Fluffatorium's online store now to book your place.


Walking for Health on the Trail

Last Tuesday of every month, 10.30am

Every month there is a chance to join one of the Walking for Health team's free and friendly short walks on the Deepdene Trail.

No booking necessary just meet walk leader Estelle Holmes outside Reception, Pippbrook MVDC Council, RH4 1SJ at 10.30am on the last Tuesday of the month. The walk lasts 60 minutes and is graded an intermediate walk; gentle to moderate pace, generally flat but uneven ground at times and possible steps.

Walking for Health Mole Valley is part of an England-wide network to keep you fit and healthy. With specially trained walk leaders, you are sure to be in safe hands, offering the opportunity to try new walks to enjoy again and again.

Download their walks booklet (PDF) to find out more about other healthy walks in Mole Valley.


Deepdene Trail App

Visiting The Trail with smart phone or tablet? Download the Deepdene Trail App before you go and enjoy fantastic extra features including: an interactive Trail map, family fun quizzes, Tales from Coady the lion to guide you around, interesting videos about the historic estate and audio versions of the interpretation panel text.

Download now at the App Store or on Google Play.


Deepdene Virtual Tour

Help us test out the new Deepdene Virtual Tour. Visit Dorking Museum to see it in its fancy new kiosk and explore the Deepdene Estate as it was in 1825 when owner Thomas Hope walked the grounds with this amazing interactive Virtual Tour.

Dorking Museum, 62 West Street Dorking is open Thursday to Saturday 10am - 4pm.

Entry is: Adult £2.00, Seniors & Under 18's £1.00, Under 5's Free, Family Ticket £4.50