Why Surrey is such a good place to be outdoors
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Almost half of those living in the South East spend less than an hour a day in nature, according to a new global survey by YouGov. The survey also showed that 92% of people in the region would like to spend more time in nature as they think it will improve their physical and mental wellbeing. With that in mind, we take a look out why Surrey is such a good place to live if you want to spend more time outdoors.
It’s home to the Surrey Hills
The Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is one of 46 nationally protected landscapes in the UK, having equal landscape status and protection to a national park. The hills stretch across a quarter of the county of Surrey, from the chalk North Downs that run from Farnham in the west above Guildford, Dorking and Reigate, to Oxted in the east. You’ll discover an extensive footpath network, open commons, inspiring views, attractive market towns, villages and much more.
You can climb the highest point in South East England
At 1,029ft (313m), Leith Hill Tower is the highest point in South East England so why not venture to the top? The tower was built in 1765 by Richard Hull of Leith Hill Place as 'a place for people to enjoy the glory of the English countryside'. If you climb all 78 steps of the spiral stairs you can see sweeping views of the surrounding countryside – supposedly you can see 14 counties from here - and, on a clear day, you can see the English Channel to the south and the clock face of Big Ben in Westminster to the north.
Surrey is the most wooded county in the country
Surrey is Britain's leafiest county with almost 40 per cent woodland cover, so there really isn’t any excuse not to get out and explore nature here. Some of our favourite woodland walks include Bourne Wood, where if you’re lucky you may spot some Hollywood stars as it’s a favourite filming location; Banstead Woods, where you’ll find a sculpture trail paying homage to CS Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; and Winkworth Arboretum, always best visited in autumn (in our opinion) to view the striking fall colours.