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From here, it’s a short trip to the five-acre Vann Garden (01428 683413; uk) with its water garden, which was planted by Gertrude Jekyll in 1911.
BOOTS, BIKES AND BOATS Six walking routes, including two National Trails, wend their way through the Surrey Hills: the area is linked west to east by the 153-mile North Downs Way, which starts in the Georgian market town of Farnham, where you can visit the impressive 12th-century castle – former residence of the Bishops of Winchester – and palace (farnhamcastle.com).
Also on the wine trail are Godstone Vineyards (godstonevineyards.
In summer, enjoy swathes of purple-flowering heather – one of more than 300 species of wild flower that grow here – interspersed with bogs, pine trees and silver birch, grassland and sweet-scented gorse on the heathland, while the wetlands are home to insect-eating sundews and rare marsh gentians.
See if you can spot native orchids, such as the conical southern marsh, around the heathland verges.
Fringed by mixed broad-leaved and pine woodlands, the numerous tranquil pools are home to 22 types of darting dragonflies and 25 species of mammal, including fox, deer and the rare water vole.
The common is one of the best British sites for insects, too, especially ladybirds, bees, wasps and spiders – 50 per cent of all UK species have been recorded here. High Edser, Ewhurst High Edser is a delightful timber-framed Grade II-listed farmhouse dating from the 16th century on the edge of the pretty village of Ewhurst. Rookery Nook, Shere Shere is a quintessential with plenty of character and comfy beds.
Some 29 species of rare butterfly thrive here, among them the silver- studded blue.