If you want the freedom to enjoy both the countryside and the capital of England then a holiday in Surrey is the answer. Urban hubs like Guildford, Weybridge, Dorking and Leatherhead offer regular high-speed connections into central London (not to mention a wealth of their own shops, restaurants and attractions), but you can also get away from the constant buzz of the city should you wish to. And as soon as you venture into the rural surroundings you will find it hard to believe that you’re anywhere near the ‘big smoke’ at all.
No holiday in Surrey would be complete without a visit to the Surrey Hills AONB, and it won’t surprise you that this county is an absolute paradise for cyclists of all abilities. Hiking and biking are certainly popular pastimes here, but historians will be fascinated by the abundant National Trust houses and gardens, and nature-lovers should not miss the RHS garden at Wisley and the nature reserves of the Surrey Wildlife Trust. Whether you want to escape or connect, this is the place to do it.