This Sunday just gone, my parents and I took a day trip to one of my favourite places in the whole wide world – Surrey.
I was born in Surrey and lived there until I was 5, and spent my years growing up visiting the area to see my wonderful family.
Not only does Surrey hold a special place in my heart, with fond memories of family days spent in the county, but I think it’s one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and I would love to own my own house there one day.
Nowadays when my family and I visit Surrey it’s usually to see relatives only, and we tend to stay indoors rather than exploring the outside.
This time however I insisted we visit some of our favourite spots and spend some time together out and about adventuring.
We decided to visit St Ann’s Hill, one of my favourite places growing up. St Ann’s Hill is a beautiful nature trail located in Chertsey, and with gorgeous woodland everywhere you turn it’s the perfect place for a stroll. There is even a lovely little stretch of grass where children (or adults) can run and play, families and friends can picnic and you can just generally bask in the glory of nature.
What I love most about St Ann’s Hill are the breathtaking views. There are a couple of lookout points dotted around the trail which make the walk extra special.
We stopped at one lookout point to admire the scenery and from here we could see water skiiers making a splash at Thorpe Park’s water sports lake, views of Thorpe Farm and also planes taking off from Heathrow airport. It was incredibly calming to stand here and watch the world go by, I could have stayed here forever.
Mum told me that back in the day we would go to this lookout point on firework night, as it gives an excellent view of Thorpe Park’s firework display. I was too young to remember any of this, but I can only imagine how incredible it must have been and I hope one day to return on firework night and watch displays from here.
After our delightful walk around St Ann’s Hill enjoying one anothers company and the joy nature has to offer, we took a drive to the wonderful Cockrow Hill farm entrance.
Cockrow Hill is another place I adored whilst growing up and whilst we didn’t actually have a proper visit this time, it was great to see the hill and the trees and the animals all the same.
After our little exploration it was time to visit my Grandparents, who had cooked us a yummy lunch of chicken, chips and peas. Delicious!
My Auntie and Uncle also joined us at my Grandparents house which was so lovely. They didn’t stay for long but we had a great little catch up and I really enjoyed spending time with them.
I spent the afternoon helping out my Gran and Grandad with ‘The Facebook’, at 81 years old my Grandad has made his debut on social media and I couldn’t be happier. When I received his friend request it made my day.
We chatted and laughed the day away, my Gran is so funny and always tells the giggliest of stories with a mischevious chuckle and grin on her face. I love my Gran and Grandad so much, they are so sweet, kind and loving and spending time with them makes me so happy.
I had the most wonderful day in Surrey spending quality time with the ones I love the most. It was amazing to revisit St Ann’s Hill and make more happy memories with my Mum and Dad, and to spend the afternoon with my lovely Grandparents and Auntie and Uncle was so special too.
I simply can’t wait to visit again!
I hope you enjoyed my stories of visiting Surrey, thankyou so much for reading.
With love, Jennie. 💚🌳