If you’ve got friends or family coming to stay soon, thinking of how to entertain them may have crossed your mind. Surrey is a county full of wonderful walks and brilliant pubs, perfect for killing a few hours with guests.
One particularly good spot to take them to is The Mount in Guildford. Located one mile west of the town centre – famed for its beautiful cobbled street – is a viewpoint with unobstructed panoramic views of the area.
During the summer, the chalk grassland is abundant with pyramidal orchids. The highly distinctive wildflower with a pyramid shaped head of bright pink flowers, comes out in June and July and is a beautiful sight. But it’s also lovely to visit at any time of the year.
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The Mount is also the location for Henley Fort. Built as a mobilisation centre during the 1880-90s as part of the London Defence Positions, its purpose was to protect the capital from the French army. It was also used for defence purposes during the Second World War, and today is used as an educational centre.
To reach The Mount, you can take one of two pathways. You can follow a road called The Mount that leads straight up the side of the hill, or go via Farnham Road allotments off Farnham Road and Wodeland Road.
Both routes start at the bottom of the high street near Millmead and are dog friendly. Whichever path you take, you will be greeted with fabulous views, especially of the majestic Guildford Cathedral. On a clear day you can see as far as The Shard and Wembley Stadium in London.
There is also a small ash and oak woodland called Henley Wood to discover while you are there.
How to find The Mount in Guildford
- Address: The Mount, Guildford, GU2 4RH.
- Parking: There is no car park at The Mount, however, on street parking is available along Wodeland Avenue and the surrounding roads (restrictions apply).
- Entry: There is no fee to visit The Mount.