What's On

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

Inspired by Deepdene: Exhibition of Art

5th February - 3rd March 2018, Bourneside Gallery, 1 North Street, Dorking, RH4 1DN

Mole Valley District Council's Deepdene Trail project invited artists in 2017 to submit water colour paintings based on or inspired by the Deepdene Trail situated within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Almost 200 years ago, Thomas Hope's grand Deepdene estate in Dorking, Surrey, inspired a series of beautiful historic watercolours. For our competition we were looking for contemporary responses in watercolour that represent Surrey's countryside today.

Alan Brown, winner of the Deepdene Trail Prize (£250 cash), and Hugh Walker, winner of the Surrey Arts Prize (membership of Surrey Arts and a space in the Surrey Arts Open Studios 2019) lead the exhibition of nine shortlisted artworks alongside some modern photographic views of Deepdene at the Bourneside Gallery (www.bournesidegallery.com).

The exhibition will be open to the public from 5th February to 3rd March. The Gallery is open:

Monday 12-4pm, Tuesday CLOSED, Wednesday to Friday, 10.30am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday CLOSED.

All the works are for sale.

The winning paintings on display were judged by our panel including local artist Sherree Valentine-Daines, Chairman of Arts Alive Mary Huggins, and representatives for Surrey Arts, Karl Newman and Caitlin Heffernan.

This competition was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Surrey Arts and Mole Valley Arts Alive festival.

Click here to view an online Gallery of the artworks. >>


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 walks:  11th March 2018, 2pm and 13th May at 2pm.

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

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