Guided Walks Around Dorking

We have a number of self guided walks around Dorking and the surrounding areas.

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.


  • Please do not attend the walk if you have any symptoms of Covid-19. Walk numbers are limited at this time, so if possible please email to let us know in advance if you need to cancel your place.
  • If you show any symptoms of Covid-19 whilst on the walk you will need to leave the walk immediately.
  • If you fall ill with Covid-symptoms after attending a walk, you will need to immediately inform us so that we can inform NHS Track and Trace and alert other walkers of the need to self- isolate.
  • Masks are to be worn throughout the walk and social distancing of 1 metre is to be observed.

Walking Tour of Betchworth Castle

Join a Dorking Museum guide for a 90 minute walk around the castle. Tickets are £4.00 and can be booked below. Well behaved dogs on leads are very welcome on these walks.

Sunday 22nd August 2021 – 2.00pm

The Deepdene Trail

We are offer guided walks around the Deepdene Trail during the year. Tickets are £5.00 (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.   

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 £4.00

There are no Mayflower 400 walks scheduled at the moment.

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. Tickets priced at £4.00

Hidden Dorking and the Mayflower

A new walk for 2021.

We’ve combined the best of our Hidden Dorking and our Mayflower walk to bring you a 90 minute tour of our historic town.

The walk will leave from Dorking Museum and will last 90 minutes. Tickets are priced at £4.00

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 £4.00 (£3.00 for Museum members)and can be booked by clicking on the link below.

There are no pub walks scheduled at the moment.

Words and Music Walk

Many writers have spent time in Dorking including Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Fanny Burney. Vaughan Williams and 10cc from different worlds with connections to Dorking.

The tour will leave from Dorking Museum and lasts an hour and a half.

There are no Words and Music walks scheduled at the moment.

Dorking Town Walks

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.

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 interested 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

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