What the f*** is an Arboretum?

All roads lead to... arboretum?
All roads lead to… arboretum?

It’s summer time and that means it’s the season for my department to go on it’s annual walk around the Surrey countryside. Last year we went through the Surrey hills, but this year was a little different…

Starting off at the university, the aim was to walk to Winkworth Arboretum, a good walk along the River Wey, and through the trees and fields around Milford and Godalming. It took over three hours in the hot summer sun to make it to the arboretum, but it was well worth it!

Winkworth Arboretum
Winkworth Arboretum – This picture really doesn’t do it justice

An arboretum, pronounced are-bore-ree-tum, not arr-bee-tor-ee-um as I had originally thought, is essentially a botanical garden, but with trees instead of plants and flowers – which basically means, it’s massive. We spent probably an hour walking around and still had barely scratched the surface of this place. I have to go back because some of the views were just stunning, and I hear it really comes into it’s own during spring and autumn.

If it’s a sunny day and you fancy a bit of a trek, or want to cycle, you can’t go far wrong with visiting this place a few miles south of Guildford.

Winkworth Arboretum is run by the National Trust, and an entrance fee applies. There is a small coffee shop and toilets at the entrance which, if you’re anything like me, you’ll find to be a sweet reward for all your hard work getting there.