11 of the best villages near Guildford
Posted 22 February 2016 by Keith Osborne
Guildford is a vibrant town located 27 miles south-west of London on the A3 London to Portsmouth road. The town is within easy reach of the M25 motorway and boasts regular rail services to London. Guildford is the official county town of Surrey, with a large university population.
The historic cobbled High Street includes many striking buildings, including the Guild Hall and the Royal Grammar School, founded in 1509 and expanded in Elizabethan times.
The small village of Albury is located on the A248 Chilworth Road. The 900 residents of this beautiful little village are well-served by a post office, pubs, churches, a recreation ground and a busy village hall. The surrounding countryside offers many walking routes and bridle ways, and the main street through the village is lined with delightful timber-framed and flint cottages.
Worplesdon is a popular commuter village four miles north of Guildford on the busy A322. The Memorial Hall in the centre of the village is also central to life in this pretty village. St Mary's Church is Grade I listed, and evidence of earlier settlements can be found at the ruins of a Roman villa at Broad Street Common.
Blackheath is a small and exclusive village five miles south-east of Guildford in the heart of the beautiful Blackheath Wood area of the Surrey Hills. It's 111 year-old village hall remains a focal point for villagers, who also enjoy a vibrant cricket club.
Nestled in the Surrey Hills, Wonersh appears in the Domesday Book and has been inhabited since pre-Roman times. A number of 16th Century buildings fill the centre, which includes the Grantley Arms and Little Grantley Cottage, village stores and post office.
Bramley is situated on the A281 Horsham Road, four miles south of Guildford. A busy village, Bramley's narrow high street is home to a wide variety of pubs, restaurants, shops, garage and an art gallery. A village fete in May and Bonfire celebrations in November take place at Gosden Common.
Chilworth is located four miles from Guildford on the A248 Dorking Road. Here, there is a church, an Abbey, infant school and junior school, and the Percy Arms public house offers a warm welcome to locals and visitors to the village and the nearby North Downs.
Brookwood is situated seven miles to the north of Guildford. The village is home to many commuters who take advantage of regular direct rail services from the local railway station to London Waterloo, which take around 35 minutes. The village sits alongside a flight of locks on the beautiful Basingstoke Canal. The local cricket green is home to Brookwood Cricket Club, and the village also boasts to West Hill Golf Club.
Shalford sits on the banks of the River Wey and benefits from a railway station, with trains to London via Guildford taking around 55 minutes. Visitors come for cricket on the green, course fishing on the Wey, Shalford Mill and the annual village fete.
With just 350 residents, this typical Surrey village offers a wealth of activities. Set at the foot of the Hogs Back, part of the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, attractions include the ruins of St Catherine's Chapel and tow paths along the leafy River Wey.
Surrounded by woodland, Compton benefits from two conservation areas and sits in the Green Belt. The village features of two pubs and a range of small shops, a Little Theatre, allotments and a village hall.
Direct rail services to London Waterloo from Clandon station take around 55 minutes, making this a popular area for commuters. Clandon House is a large Palladian mansion house, now owned by the National Trust, and a popular attraction for visitors. Villagers enjoy a range of activities including a tennis club, bridge club and film club.