Accessing The Trail

Path Improvements continue - Exciting news on The Trail, the existing historic path that links the Gardens to the Terrace has been resurfaced! The route, reopened by hand by the Friends of Deepdene now has a new surface to help visitors find their way and get around.

The next path to be resurfaced is a rhododendron walk within the main Gardens that was part of the garden design created by Henry Hope in the 1840's and lasted for the next century. Reopened by hand by our dedicated Friends of Deepdene volunteers we are now resurfacing this path.

This does, however, mean there will be some disruption on site beginning 3rd January and we ask for your cooperation when visiting the Trail to make sure your visit is safe.

Download this map to see the affected part of the route. There will also be materials by the entrance gate and the occasional vehicle moving along the Trail from the entrance. The workmen are very aware of the public presence on site and will help you get past their area of work. Please follow their instructions and you should be able to follow The Trail route as normal. If you would like any more information please Contact Us.

Find out more about the history of these paths at

There are many paths to explore on The Trail, perfect for a short walk or a grand adventure. Our three recommended routes range in distance from a 1 mile explore to a 9 mile adventure and are shown colour coded on the Map of the Trail.

If you would like to book a tour of The Trail with a guide then this can be arranged through the volunteers at Dorking Museum.  Please contact the Museum directly to find out what you will see on the tour and to arrange this.

For more details our Access Statement can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. This statement aims to describe the conditions, facilities and services on The Deepdene Trail routes for all our visitors to help them make the best of their visit.

As with many sites of this nature, the natural topography and historic significance of the landscape restricts the degree to which we can alter elements of the site, for example the degree to which we can smooth out slope gradients.

The Deepdene Trail has some challenging parts with some steep, uneven slopes and many areas of unmade paths. We are working hard over the course of this two year project to provide the highest level of access possible within those natural topography and existing landscape restrictions.

We also have some top tips for parents, to help little ones explore the Trail safely below.