Address: Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Rd, Godalming GU8 4AD
Opening times and prices: see the pic below
Winkworth Arboretum was acquired by Dr.Wilford Fox in 1937 to experiment with different tree species and planting styles and later in 1952, he gave this beautiful wooded valley and the lake to National Trust. The Arboretum changes its appearance in each season and the views are particularly mesmerising in autumn with maples, oaks and rowans and in spring with displays of bluebells, magnolias, cherry blossoms and azaleas.
Winkworth Arboretum has now a special place in our memory book as it is the first time we have been out with our baby girl for a long walk. She absolutely loved it, she enjoyed listening to the birds chirping, spring colours and the sea of bluebells all dancing in the wind…it was truly a wonderful first experience for her. I hope she continue to enjoy nature as she grows up and appreciate the beauty of it. We had our stroller with us which wasn’t a great idea as we had to alter the routes/skip a few since it was too rocky to ride. We wished if we had used the baby carrier so she could have enjoyed the view much better.
Be sure to arrive here to spend at least 3hours in mind which includes the walk and some time to sit and relax at the tea room. There are different walks with varying difficulty therefore be sure to grab a map (I have included the picture of the map, you can grab one from the ticket office) to exclude the walk with steep steps if you want to. These paths can be quite muddy during the rain, so appropriate footwear is a must! The beautiful Rowe’s Flashe Lake and the boathouse are quite down the hill, it was impossible for us to go that far with the baby but I have heard the view from the boathouse is stunning and you get to see some wildlife too. Probably go back there in few years’ time when our little girl can walk down the steps on her own 😊
Read more about Winkworth Arboretum in the national trust website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/winkworth-arboretum