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YHA Tanners Hatch is converted from two cottages dating back to 1642. It sits amid gardens and its own woodland campsite within the National Trust's Polesden Lacey estate.
This hostel and campground offer a tranquil oasis away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In the daytime explore the scenic Surrey Hills, let the kids run wild in the woods or take a day trip to Surrey or London attractions; in the evening relax in front of our open log fire or sit in the garden and enjoy the views across to Polesden Lacey National Trust estate as the sun sets. While camping you can collect wood and have a real fire, toast marshmallows and enjoy the remote woodland setting.
The hostel's location amid a network of woodland paths, cycle routes and along the North Downs Way, makes it ideal for all walkers and cyclists, from those with energy to burn to those seeking a country ramble or family bike ride. Nature lovers will delight in this rural location – spot deer grazing on the lawn or take a night time walk and listen to the owls hooting. The National Trust, Surrey Wildlife Trust and many other local organisations run year round programmes of walks, talks and events, for adults and children alike.
There are many historic houses and glorious gardens in the local area. Discover marble halls and a Maori meeting house at Clandon Park, year-round colour and gardening tips at RHS Garden Wisley; and just a short walk from the hostel is Polesden Lacey with fine paintings and furniture in the Regency villa, rose gardens and landscaped walks in the extensive grounds. Also within walking distance is Denbies Vineyard - England’s largest - with two restaurants, a gift shop, many events throughout the year and of course tours and wine tasting.
Children will love a day out at nearby Bocketts farm, a working family farm with many animals to see and activities to take part in, plus indoor and outdoor play areas with slides and trampolines.
Two miles east from the hostel is Dorking, an historic market town with a mix of high street and boutique shops. Stroll down West Street, world renowned for its fine antique shops and art galleries; or time your visit to go underground at Dorking caves, once used as wine cellars.
Ten miles west is stylish Guildford, a popular shopping centre with all the big names, and many independent shops, lining the cobbled High Street and narrow cross streets. Also here is Dapdune Wharf where you can discover Surrey’s secret waterway through interactive exhibits; climb aboard a barge and take a trip down the river, or hire your own boat or canoe from Guildford Boathouse.
Between these two centres are picturesque villages of tile-hung and timber framed cottages, spacious greens and commons, charming tearooms and cosy pubs.
Ten miles west of Guildford is Farnham and on the way there is The Hogs Back Brewery, an independent real ale brewery set in converted 18th-century barns. Farnham has many attractions - Birdworld, where you can meet a huge range of our feathered friends, and admission includes Underwater World, with tropical fish and crocodiles, and Jenny Wren Farm; Go Ape! in Alice Holt Forest, high wire forest adventure for all ages; and The Rural Life Centre, a museum of past village life displaying crafts and trades in ten acres of garden and woodland with an historic village playground for children.
Further afield in Surrey are the well known attractions of Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures; Basingstoke Canal Centre with interactive exhibits, boat trips and picnic areas; Mercedes Benz World with simulator rides and interactive challenges; and Brooklands museum with the history of British motorsport and aviation.
Day trips to London are within easy reach, just 25 miles away with easy access from Dorking rail stations; visit the city attractions then come back to the cosy ambience of Tanners Hatch.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
|Frensham Great Pond
Waverley Bc, Surrey
|The Serpentine - Hyde Park
Westminster Cc, London
- Polesden Lacey (0.5 miles)
- Denbies Wine Estate (2.1 miles)
- RHS Garden Wisley (5.9 miles)
- Polesden Lacey (0.4 miles)
- Box Hill (2.8 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- Polesden Lacey - North Downs Way - Ranmore Common - Polesden Lacey (0.5 miles)
- Great Bookham - Mickleham - Box Hill (2.4 miles)
- Dorking - Holmwood - Dorking (2.5 miles)
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No dogs allowed
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Leave the car at home
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Small (11-25 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Woking: Rail Station Coach Stop — 9.0mi
Guildford: Park Barn Egerton Rd Coach Stop — 9.8mi
Hooley (Surrey): Brighton Rd Coach Stop — 10.2mi
- Train stations
Dorking West Rail Station — 2.0mi
Box Hill & Westhumble Rail Station — 2.2mi
Dorking Rail Station — 2.5mi
- Ferry ports
Weybridge Ferry Landing — 9.6mi
Shepperton Ferry Landing — 9.7mi
Ditton Island Ferry Landing — 10.0mi
London Gatwick Airport North Terminal — 10.7mi
London Gatwick Airport South Terminal — 11.4mi
London Gatwick Airport — 11.5mi
Walking route from Box Hill and Westhumble train station, it is recommended to have a map for this route: turn left out of station and follow road to Badgen Farm, take the track on the left indicated by a YHA sign. Pass the farmhouse on your right hand side and take the first right along a bridleway by the side of a barn. Walk straight across the field to the gate on the other side and turn left onto the track. The hostel is approx 75 metres up on the right hand side.
By car: From A24 in Dorking, take the A2003 Ashcombe Road and turn right at the T-junction towards Ranmore and Effingham. At the top of the hill is Denbies Hillside National Trust car park, the nearest car park to the hostel – free to National Trust members or £2.50 per day. From the carpark cross over the road and turn left, walk along to Four Fox Cottages (on your right) and go through the gate by its side. Take the central track indicated by the YHA signs, the hostel is approx 20 minutes walk through the wood.