Cranleigh sits a stone’s throw from the Surrey Hills, one of the UK’s areas of outstanding beauty
The relatively plain exterior of Watts Chapel in nearby Compton belies its ornate and colourful art nouveau interior.
Built by Mary Watts and the villagers, every inch of the walls from the floor to the domed ceiling is covered with painted clay frescos of angels and other ecclesiastical motifs which shine with hints of gold.
Mary, along with her artist husband George, also built their home and studios, Limnerslease in the village and created a gallery and artists’ studios (01483 810235 /wattsgallery.org.uk).
The bustling village high street is a pretty mix of Tudor and Victorian red-brick gabled properties
Stretch your legs on one of the many marked paths that lead from the top.
We followed the 2.5 mile Woodland Trail which travels down the wooded slopes from the tower through Rhododendron Wood and on to pretty Leith Hill Place (01306 712711/nationaltrust.org. uk/leith-hill). Tickets £2.
The 18th-century Gothic Leith Hill Tower marks the highest point in south east England
Get your own piece of the action on a bike from Maison du Velo in Cranleigh (01483 346549/maisonduvelo.cc) and head straight from the high street out on to the Downs Link.
Running from Guildford to Shoreham-by-Sea this dismantled railway line provides a scenic ride between the North and South Downs.
Watch for the beautifully restored Baynards station, used for the filming of the 1957 classic The Railway Children. Bike hire £35 per day.
The eatery is decorated in a deep plum with hints of gold, plush fabrics and pastoral scenes on linen Roman blinds – a modern take on a country house saloon.
For an indulgent cream tea head a couple of doors up the road to the Cromwell Coffee house (01483 273783/cromwellcoffeehouse. co.uk) to enjoy a large home-made scone with jam and clotted cream in the beamed front room.
Its name marks the time Cromwell’s troops were based there in 1657. DRINK Known locally as the ‘Shoes’ the Three Horseshoes (threehorse shoescranleigh.co.uk) is the epitome of a traditional village pub, the Tudor white and wood-beam frontage hints at its 15th-century origins and inside its rich red walls and dark woodwork create a cosy air.
Order a pint of Loxhill Biscuit brewed by the Crafty Brewing Company down the road in Dunsfold. The landlord helped create the toasty golden ale.
The rooms at The Richard Onslow are decorated in warm creams and ooze cosiness
Mews rooms are larger and are tucked away behind the pub. Doubles from £85, B&B (01483 274922/therichardonslow.co.uk).
After the Olympic cycle road races took place in Surrey the area has become popular with cyclists
The 12th century gargoyle on one of the buttresses, with its moon-shaped face, large round eyes and the hint of a grin, does bear more than a passing resemblance to the feline.
Surrey tourism: visitsurrey.com