Guided Walks Around Dorking

The Dorking walks team can offer a variety of walks taking in the different aspects of the town’s history and heritage.

Explore the history of Dorking through its urban landscape, following its development from settlement at the foot of the chalk downs to flourishing market town and turnpike staging post, taking in the old foundry (now the Museum), the only known surviving house of a pilgrim father, the Cotmandene, site of a historic early depiction of the game of cricket, and the coaching inn that features in Dickens’ Pickwick Papers.

The Museum is currently booking the following guided walks for individuals:

Walking Tour of Betchworth Castle

Join a Dorking Museum guide for a 90 minute walk around the castle. Tickets are £3.00 and can be booked below. Well behaved dogs on leads are very welcome on these walks.

Sunday 17th November – 2.00pm – sold out

The Deepdene Trail

Deepdene Trail Heritage Open Weekend 2017
We are offer guided walks around the Deepdene Trail during the year. Tickets are £4.00 (under 12’s free) and can be booked below. Well behaved dogs on leads are very welcome on these walks. Hot drinks and snacks are available from Dorking Golf Club at the end of the walk. Please note – no physical tickets will be issued, please meet your guide at Dorking Golf Club 10 minutes before the start of your tour which will begin promptly. Please wear sensible footwear. The walk is not weather dependant, so do wear appropriate clothes. 

There are no Deepdene walks scheduled at the moment.

Mayflower 400  Walk – Dorking in the time of William Mullins

The walk is themed around the buildings that survive from the early 17th century tucked away in Dorking and which Mullins and his fellow Mayflower pilgrims would have known.

We will explore the lives of the Mayflower pilgrims in Dorking, what the town and buildings were like during their lives, and what happened to them after they left for the New World.

The walk lasts 90 minutes and starts at Dorking Museum. Tickets cost £3.00

      • Sunday 17th November – 2.00pm – sold out

Hidden Dorking

See Dorking as you have never seen it before on this walk. You walk past hidden treasures every day – we will point them all out to you.

The walk will leave from Dorking Museum and will last 90 minutes.

There are no Hidden Dorking walks scheduled at the moment.

Pub Walks

The White Horse, High Street Dorking

Join us in a stroll through Dorking’s past as told around its many hostelries pubs and inns, both past and present. Hear about how the local residents behaved – and misbehaved – through the words of a heroic policeman of Victorian times. The tour will leave from the Halifax Bank on Dorking High Street, opposite the Surrey Yeoman and lasts an hour and a half. Tickets cost £3.00 and can be booked by clicking on the link below.

There are no pub walks scheduled at the moment.

Dorking Town Walks
Dorking Walks Team

The tours leave from the Museum and last an hour and a half. It is an easy walk, but there is one hill. The walk takes in St. Martin’s Church, William Mullins House, the Cotmandene and lots of other Dorking landmarks. Tickets cost £3.00 and can be booked by clicking on the link below.

There are no Town walks scheduled at the moment.

Hallowe’en Ghost Walk

Photograph © John Cole

Come face to face with some of Dorking’s spectral historical inhabitants on this guided Halloween ghost walk through the town streets from St Martin’s church yard. Spooky encounters guaranteed with the orphaned, the bankrupt, the imprisoned and the murdered characters of Dorking’s past whose spirits will come alive for one night only.

The walk starts at St. Martin’s Churchyard, Church St, Dorking, RH4 1DW.

Walk lasts 60 minutes.

      • Hallowe’en Ghost Walk – 31st October 2019 – 6.30pm – sold out

Dorking Museum Family Walk

Be history detectives. How can you tell parts of Dorking are old? Why not try a family tour of Dorking? Find out about Dorking’s past as the children look for clues of the past by finding features that match the photos on the quiz sheet.

The tour can last an hour up to 90 minutes, however, please feel free to leave when your children are tired. Children must be accompanied. Tickets cost £3.00. Tours leave from the Museum

There are no children’s walks scheduled at the current time.

Walks can be tailored for groups including, our Pubs Walk, the Deepdene Walk and our Words and Music walk. For details of group bookings, please have a look here.

Thank you and your team for giving us such interesting guided walks on Saturday morning. It was refreshing to be lead with so much enthusiasm. Your love of Dorking was clear to see. We can now all answer the question ‘Why Dorking?’

Keith Anthony

Dorking Museum Walks Team in Action
Dorking Museum Walks Team in Action
Hallowe’en Walk 2017 © John Cole

Dorking Museum Walks Team
Deepdene Trail Heritage Open Weekend 2017