The visitor centre at Dapdune Wharf, a surprising haven in the heart of Surrey, is the centrepiece of one of the National Trust's most unusual properties, the River Way Navigations. Relax on a boat trip, learn how to tie a sailor's knot or take a scenic walk. A series of interactive exhibits and displays allow you to discover the fascinating story of this secret waterway, one of the first British rivers to be made navigable. See where huge Wey barges were built and climb aboard Reliance, one of the last surviving barges. Children's trails and special events run throughout the season, with opportunities for the children to dress up, build dens or just explore.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Braille guide
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open 17 Mar-4 Nov, Thu-Mon 11-5. River trips Thu-Mon, 11-5 (conditions permitting). Open daily during school holidays at Easter, Aug & May & Oct half-terms
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About the area
Surrey may be better known for its suburbia than its scenery, but the image is unjust. Over a quarter of the county’s landscapes are official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and along the downs and the greensand ridge you can gaze to distant horizons with hardly a building in sight. This is one of England’s most wooded counties, and has more village greens than any other shire. You’ll find sandy tracks and cottage gardens, folded hillsides and welcoming village inns. There’s variety, too, as the fields and meadows of the east give way to the wooded downs and valleys west of the River Mole.
Of course there are also large built-up areas, mainly within and around the M25; but even here you can still find appealing visits and days out. On the fringe of Greater London you can picnic in Chaldon’s hay meadows, explore the wide open downs at Epsom, or drift idly beside the broad reaches of the stately River Thames. Deep in the Surrey countryside you’ll discover the Romans at Farley Heath, and mingle with the monks at England’s first Cistercian monastery. You’ll see buildings by great architects like Edwin Lutyens and Sir George Gilbert Scott, and meet authors too, from John Donne to Agatha Christie.
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