A very leisurely 5 mile circular walk
The Deepdene Estate, on the south-eastern edge of Dorking in Surrey, is one of Southern England's great lost landscapes. It was home to the famed Regency arbiter of taste Thomas Hope (1769–1831).
Largely forgotten as a result of the demise of the house and development of the park, the Deepdene still holds fascinating glimpses into a lost world.
This is a rare opportunity to visit the privately owned Grade II* listed Deepdene Gardens (only open during Heritage Weekend Open Days).
Alex from Mole Valley District Council has very kindly agreed to repeat this tour for our group which will last approx 2 hours. Also featured in the Deepdene trail will be the opportunity to see the Hope Mausoleum and see inside this remarkable and unique building. The Mausoleum was sealed in 1957 and buried soon after. For half a century it was forgotten, until excavation in 2010.
We will continue after the tour to Brockham for a delicious pub lunch at The Grumpy Mole and then return to Dorking via Betchworth Park
This is a free tour but donations will be gratefully received going to The Hope Springs Eternal project, run by the Friends of Deepdene who are reviving the spectacular Deepdene Estate.
Please note the terrain is uneven and hilly. Access to the mausoleum is via a small entrance so appropriate clothing is advised for those who wish to see inside the structure.