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Walking the Dog
This hidden gem is set right next to the M3, but you would never know it. Privately owned, the Arboretum is crossed by public footpaths, giving access during daylight hours, to this magical world of trees, lakes, follies and monuments.
TIME: 1 hour
Nearest railway station is Bagshot, which is about half an hours walk away. Please check map for best route.
Please note: there is no public parking in the Arboretum.*
For its 180 acre size, Windlesham Arboretum is remarkably well hidden.
Many people from the surrounding area don't even know of its existence. Thousands drive past it every day without any inkling of what may be behind the high trees which shelter it from the M3 and A322.
The site was once Frommow’s Nursery. The estate contains a strange mixture of follies, monuments, bridges and lakes!
But all is not quite what it seems.... look closely at the ancient architecture and you will see that much of it only dates from the 1980's or early 90's.
Follow the two public footpaths, and take your time to stroll around the estate, as you will discover a surprise around every corner! Wander through avenues of unusual firs or do a bit of heron spotting on one of the lakes.
Do remember this a a private estate, owned by a charitable trust, and you must keep to the regulations posted by the Trustees.
*Off road car parking is available but to Friends of Windlesham Arboretum Charitable Trust ONLY.
Wheelchair users will need to travel by road to the pub.
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST:
THE HALF MOON
This a large country pub, with two car parks and large sunny, well planted, beer garden. There is also a large children's play area to the rear of the garden. The pub also has a restaurant.
The two dog friendly bars serve the same menu as the restaurant and your faithful friend is also welcome in the beer garden. There a bowls of water inside, for your dog, but staff are happy to fill your own, if you supply one.
The food, while good, can be slightly overpriced and service may be a little slow, but the atmosphere is warm and friendly. Weekend lunchtime booking is recommended in Winter as it gets very, very busy.
Sunday 12.00 to 15.00 and 19.00 to 22.30
Find the pub here
The Half Moon is only a short 15 minute walk from the Arboretum. Follow the public footpath path in the Arboretum, towards the motorway, where you will find the footbridge that crosses the M3. Cross over and pass through the wooden gate onto a wide gravel track, which runs along the right-hand side of a wildflower meadow.
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last updated: 21/10/2008 at 11:27
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Maurice &Frances Goodwin