When the summer is here and the sun is shining, the temptation to get out and about feels stronger than ever. So many places to explore!
When you have a tight schedule and timetable to work with, driving can feel like a real chore - it really is a case of getting from A to B swiftly and safely, and with the kids in the back of the car you can feel like you're chasing around like a taxi driver. But when you have a day to play with, no reason to rush or need to watch the clock, driving is a real pleasure.
We're lucky to live in a beautiful county, with plenty to see and do close by. If you have a free day on your hands there's so much within driveable distance - here are some suggestions. Before you set off, check you have everything you need in place. If you're hiring a car for a journey, borrowing a friends' car or sharing driving duties, make sure you've got short term car insurance. You'll also need plenty of drinks and snacks, and stuff to keep the kids entertained!
The Surrey Hills
Right on our doorstep, the Surrey Hills is an area of outstanding beauty and superb countryside. You can either drive there and then spend a wonderful day walking, hiking and cycling, or take in the most picturesque of drives through the gorgeous villages en route - the views are stunning.
South Downs National Park
The South Downs are 20-30 miles away from Surrey so this is definitely more of a day trip than an afternoon out, but the longer drive is worth it. There is plenty to do here, including visits to Lewes and Eastbourne, and camping at Blackberry Wood. In fact, it might be a good idea for a weekend away!
A few years back, the Sunday Times nominated the 30-mile drive from Godalming - itself a lovely place to visit - to Chichester as one of its top UK driving roads. So, if your trip is as much as about the drive as the destination at the end of it, this could be for you.
Just over half an hour or away from Surrey is the beautiful city of Windsor - second home of the Royal Family. A fairly effortless drive takes you to a place of numerous attractions, including Windsor Castle and Royal Windsor Racecourse. Meanwhile, if you're travelling with kids, head straight to Legoland for an awesome day out.
What are your favourite driving days out in and around Surrey?