Come rain or shine, there’s lots to do on the Surrey Hills to celebrate our Mums this Mothering Sunday; from gentle strolls admiring the views, longer hikes with grown up children, to sitting in the spring sunshine enjoying a slice of home-made cake.
If the weather is bright and breezy, pack a picnic and a rug and head out to Frensham Little Pond – too chilly to paddle, but the glorious sandy stretch of beach is a must-visit spring time treat. Or head over to Bookham Commons where children will love the Natural Play Trail as well as sitting a while in the bird hide. At some secluded spots, you might see the emergence of early spring flowers – the bluebells at Gatton Park are a glorious sight, as is the wild garlic which freely grows along the River Mole at the Stepping Stones at Box Hill.
The hidden gem of the Surrey Hills is the Rhododendron Wood at Leith Hill. Spring heralds the unfurling of the most beautifully scented and wildly coloured azaleas and rhododendrons. Some trees here are thought to have been brought back from Asia on plant hunting expeditions in the nineteenth century.
There are plenty of Mothering Sunday walks to choose from – plan your visit on the various National Trust websites, or pick up a copy of their walks guides from Box Hill, Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl or Frensham Little Pond. Don’t forget to share your photos of your fun family day on the National Trust Surrey Hills Facebook page.