Send, Ripley and Woking
Send is situated in a rural setting within easy reach of Guildford and Woking (with excellent rail links), the M25, Heathrow and Gatwick airports. It is also in easy driving distance of the coast, either for day-trippers or to catch a ferry to France or even Spain. If you need petrol, you can buy it at the Burnt Common end of the village. So Send is a perfect base for visitors who are travelling by car or train. Walkers, cyclists and boaters are also well catered for.
To learn about the history of the village, see Send & Ripley History Society web site.
The remains of Woking Palace, which Henry VIII hunted deer from, (pictured right) are a short walk away in Old Woking.
Are you a newcomer to Send? St Mary's Church offers a welcome pack for new residents. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for your free copy.
The river Wey navigation runs through one end of the village. Traditional narrow boats can be hired in either Guildford or Farncombe for use on the 20 miles of Wey navigation canal, and the more adventurous can enter the river Thames by boat near Weybridge and travel on to, say, St Katherine's Dock near Tower Bridge in London. The Wey navigation, which is managed by the National Trust and has quaint lockkeepers' cottages at Worsfold Gates and Triggs Lock, is also used for rowing, punting, kayaking and fishing. The towpath, is perfect for walkers and cyclists (if a little bumpy at times!) In the summer, many wild flowers, including comfrey, yellow flag irises and cow parsley, grow along the edge of the Wey and attract butterflies and dragon flies. Coots, moorhens, mallards and swans live and nest along the banks, where bulrushes and bamboo also grow in abundance.
The village and surrounding area are criss-crossed by footpaths. Walkers can also easily access the North Downs Way not too far away, for instance at Newlands Corner, which is a local beauty spot. The charming village of Shere and the mysterious Silent Pool are among other local attractions. A good start can be made with this useful guide to local walks in Send.
Nearby Ripley was once a coaching stop between London and Portsmouth and there are still many pubs with related names – The Anchor, The Ship and the Jovial Sailor amongst them. Visitors can climb Chately Heath semaphore tower, in the Wisley woods. This was part of a chain of towers used to send messages from London to ships in Portsmouth.
Ripley has an upmarket feel, with shops selling gifts, antique and reproduction furniture and interior decorations; and estate agents for those looking for property in the Send and Ripley area.
Surrey's county town of Guildford is within 6 miles. Guildford was the home of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. Attractions of the town include the cathedral, the castle (where there is open air theatre in the summer), and excellent shopping and restaurants. The Spectrum Leisure Centre is one of the best in the country. It includes a swimming complex, ice skating and ten pin bowling. The Guildford Flames ice hockey team are based there. Its car park is the location for one of the Park and Ride services which operate into the town centre. Guildford is also the location for the University of Surrey.
For full details on Guildford you can visit the Visit Guildford website.
Send is slightly closer to Woking than it is to Guildford, although it is in Guildfrod borough. Woking has very good retail and eating outlets and an excellent rail service into London - quickest journey time under 30 minutes There is a frequent coach link from Woking station to Heathrow airport. There are also good train links to the south, for instance to Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth. In fact the railway is one of the main reasons for the growth of Woking. When cemetery space became limited in London, trains ran to Woking to carry coffins and mourners to Brookwood cemetery, which was initially laid out in 1854. Since then, there have been in excess of 232,650 people buried within the cemetery, which is well worth a visit.
For full details on visiting Woking you look at the Places to Visit page on the Woking Borough website.