North Downs, England Attractions
Southeast EnglandCounties: Surrey and KentThe North Downs are a ridge of high ground running parallel to the coast, which extends southwards from the Thames Basin across the counties of Surrey and Kent, from Guildford in the west to the fantastic white chalk cliffs of Dover in the east.
The word "downs" in this sense has nothing to do with height, but is linked to the word "dunes". The North Downs are composed of chalk and slope steeply to the north. With the South Downs, they belong to the Weald system, a geological morphological anticline made of chalk and sandstone. They were formed during the Tertiary Age, at the same time that the Alps were thrust upwards further to the south.Running to the west, near Guildford, is the narrow ridge known as the Hog's Back. To the east the North Downs increase steadily in height and breadth, and reach some 900ft/275m on the Kent border. The downs are popular with walkers, especially at weekends, offering great variety of scenery - pastureland, fertile arable land, occasional areas of heath and scrub and patches of mixed forest - so that they never become monotonous. Five rivers have forced their way through the barrier of chalk and in the valleys lie trim little villages, often surrounded by fruit orchards. One of the main attractions of the area is the large number of castles, stately homes and parks. The footpaths in the region often follow the same course as old trading routes, either across the downs or along the foot of the hills, while the Pilgrims' Way follows the old pilgrims' route from Winchester to Canterbury.
Old Soar Manor, Plaxtol, England
Plaxtol is a small village with a fine Parish Church. The village is enjoyed on foot by exploring with the illustrated map highlighting 25 houses of interest.Old Soar Manor is a National Trust property located in Plaxtol, Borough Green. This is a knight's dwelling from the late 13th C.
New Romney, England
New Romney (pop. 4,547) was one of the original Cinque Ports. There is a large Norman church in the centre of New Romney, originally located on the harbourside, and notable for the boat hooks on the side walls.High Street in New Romney has a number of interesting specialty shops and West Street is home to noted former almshouses.
Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming, England
Oxted - Titsey Place & Gardens
Titsey Place is a historic house situated on 20 acres of gardens. The beautiful setting makes it a favourite destination for an afternoon excursion and location for private parties.
Address: Titsey Hill, Titsey, Oxted RH8 0SD, England
Opening hours: May 11 to Sep 28: 1pm-5pm; Closed: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
Always opened on: Summer Bank Holiday - Britain outside Scotland (last Monday, Aug)
Entrance fee in GBP: £5.00, Grounds / gardens only around attraction £2.50
Useful tips: Guided tours of the house at 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm, last 45 minutes and are restricted to 20 people.
Guides: Guided tour included with admission.