This is a quick report from my trip to Winkworth Arboretum near Godalming. I visited this place on 3rd November 2018. It is owned by National Trust.
Let’s start from understanding what arboretum means:
An arboretum is a botanical collection composed exclusively of trees. (Wikipedia)
or in plain English .. area full of various types of trees.
It was created by Dr Wilfrid Fox (1875–1962) who was a dermatologist. He was famous for … Winkworth Arboretum.
It is quite a big place, and it is breathtaking. The longest walk around this place is 3.6km, and it will take you around 75 minutes of leisure walk. You can extend this walk a lot if you walk into side paths. As the name suggests, this place is full of colourful trees planted on, the hillside. There is also meadow and lake. Views are stunning. I highly recommended visiting this place in autumn as it looks like heaven on earth.
Other things worth to mention:
- There is a tea room, and it offers food, but it was sold out when we were there. Another problem is a big queue due to very slow service. So if you come here bring your own food and eat in Winkworth Arboretum.
- Entry costs a few quids, but it is free for National Trust members (worth to buy if you planning to see a few National Trust places).
- It is buggy friendly but there is limit walks you can do.
If you fancy visit this place then check their website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/winkworth-arboretum
After the visit, we went to a pub nearby called “The White Horse”. This is a pub with a cosy ambience. The main dining room looks great. Apparently, they serve great food, but when we were there, they had a limited menu with simple dishes. I chose fish and chips. Fish looks quite plain and it test OK’ish. However it worth to mention that Fish&Chips comes with amazing Tartar Sauce. We tried salad and soup. Both of them was quite good. They have a selection of beers, and I chose a local craft beer. Overall, worth a visit after a day in the Winkworth Arboretum.
Link to the pub: https://www.whitehorsepub.net/restaurant