I love a good ruin and heard via a friend about the remains of Waverley Abbey located on a peaceful loop of the River Wey in Surrey, now looked after by English Heritage. It’s free to visit and can be accessed within “any reasonable time in daylight”.
A victim of the Dissolution of the Monasteries of 1536, there are few remnants left but what there are, suggests a rather beautiful building.
To a large degree, the estate was dismantled and much of the stone was used to build Sir William More’s House at Loseley. As you can see by the mellow nature of the facade, the Abbey must have been a very fine building indeed.
Loseley House and Loseley Park is around 500 years old and remains in the family’s hands. It can be visited May – September.
After walking around the rather sad remains of Waverley and what might have been, cheer yourself up with a meal at The Mill at Elstead – I heartily recommend it. A former mill, as you might already have deduced, you can dine on several levels inside (where you can view the water wheel), on several balconies and in the spacious gardens along the river side.
Just don’t choose duck from the menu otherwise you might be taken to task by the hordes of ducks and ducklings waddling around by the water’s edge.
If you want to feed them, buy a bag of food from the bar for GBP1. You’ll have a friend for life!
Waverley Abbey is part of English Heritage, Waverley Lane, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 8EP
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