If you live in Surrey you’ll know that it can get quite hectic; there is always an event on, new restaurant openings and enough boutique shopping to declare you bankrupt. But with the hustle of daily life, there is a wonderful tranquil area that you simply must visit.
Located in Cobham, Surrey you will find Painshill Park. It is just off the main road and once you step inside you’ll feel as though you are in the middle of the countryside. Considering this was right on my doorstep, I couldn’t quite believe I’d never been. So I joined forces with Ben from Adore Travel and we set off on our adventure.
Upon entering there is a little cafe, perfect for stopping for a refreshment after hours of exploring. The views around the park are exceptionally scenic; if you’re a photographer, the photo possibilities are endless here.
After walking around the gardens, and the Serpentine lake we stopped at the top of the hill to admire the 158 acres of landscape which you can see the remains of ancient ruins. For the life of me I cannot remember what we sat in at the top of the hill, but it was much like a concrete tent with beautiful detail, and the perfect viewing spot. There is a pathway up-to it, which we discovered only after running (and sometimes crawling) up a pretty steep hill.
Once we caught our breath and took a mountain of photos, we ventured off and over the bridge to the crystal caves.
On the outside the caves look amazing, for a second I thought they were skulls. upon closer inspection they weren’t. The outside of the crystal caves have immense detail, that is simply breath-taking. I have never seen anything like it.
Fortunately they were just about to close, but allowed us to go in; it was pretty awesome being the only two with the guide. Inside the caves is simply remarkable. The detail and shimmering as the light from the lake bounces off walls is stunning, with views onto the lake from a different perspective.
Once we stopped exploring the caves, we headed off for one last stroll around the park. As it was the start of spring, flowers were just starting to bloom, little ducklings were swimming in the lake, with even the mother coming close to the bank to investigate who we were.
This is one of my fondest memories of Surrey. Having lived there all my life it was the perfect escape. Painshill Park is also very family friendly, there are many family events here; so pack up a picnic and spend a day here for hours of exploring or simply to relax and unwind with loved ones.