The secret Dorking viewpoint providing walkers with stunning woodland views

February 9, 2019

There is a rarely visited secret viewpoint tucked away in Dorking that you might not know about.

The Deepdene Terrace is accessible from the Deepdene Trail, a heritage trail opened last spring, and provides charming woodland views for those looking for some peace and quiet off the beaten track.

The terrace has been one of the town’s best kept secrets for more than 400 years and is often overlooked by passing walkers as accessing it involves a short climb up wooded pathways.

David Stagg, lead volunteer for the Friends of Deepdene the group that helped restore the trail between 2015 and 2018, said: “We have people coming on the Deepdene Trail and they don’t know the terrace exists because people like to take the easy road so it’s only the intrepid walkers that have found it.

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“There’s peace and solitude and a lot of people in Dorking just don’t know it exists.”

Unlike Mole Valleys well known beauty spots, such as Box Hill where the National Trust estimates more than 1 million visitors frequent every year, the Deepdene Trail is sadly lacking parking facilities.

The trail gets around 12,000 visitors a year who get to experience the tranquillity of the walks nine miles of paths.

Mr Stagg said: “Before we built the trail no one even went there because it’s at the entrance of a private road. No one knew it existed and there wasn’t proper access.

The view from the terrace in Autumn
(Image: MVDC)

“The residents saw it as their back garden because no one goes there but there are these lovely viewpoints and no one knows about it because it doesn’t really link anywhere to anywhere.”

Since being reopened in September 2016 the trail has been maintained by the Friends of Deepdene volunteers meaning that a wander through feels like you’re in your own little secret garden even in the summer.

One visitor, Steffanie Maynes, commented: “You hardly see anyone even on the sunniest of days! I love this trail and it’s dog friendly!”

The Deepdene Trail also includes the Deepdene Gardens, complete with tower and grotto and the hidden gem that is the Hope Mausoleum.

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Dorking Museum organise regular tours of the route taking in the key features of the old Deepdene estate.

A council representative has said that Mole Valley District Council are in discussions about adding on site parking so get in there while it’s still a secret.

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