A guide to Cranleigh

Did you know?

  • 1.
    Oliver Cromwell visited Knowle House in 1657 with his soldiers being billeted in houses in the village, in what is now Cromwell Café and Oliver House.
  • 2.
    The quaint Cranleigh Hospital set up by Reverend John Henry and Dr Albert Napper is England’s first ever cottage hospital built in 1859 and is still in use today.
  • 3.
    In 2012 London Olympic cycle race passed close to Cranleigh and as a result the village has become a weekend mecca for cyclists aiming to conquer the challenging Surrey Hills.

Cranleigh Area

Cranleigh boasts a plethora of good schools in both the independent and state sector; namely Cranleigh Preparatory School, Cranleigh School, The Duke of Kent School, Glebelands and Park Mead. The area also benefits from an excellent arts and leisure scene with the Cranleigh Arts Centre, the Gym & Leisure Centre and numerous other sporting clubs including cricket, football and bowls.

Surrounding Villages

  • Shere
    Shere is a beautiful quintessential English village located between the towns of Guildford and Dorking. Surrounded by stunning scenery and close to popular Newlands Corner and the Silent Pool, the village is popular with walkers, as well as being a favourite location for filmmakers with scenes from Bridget Jones, The Edge of Reason and The Holiday being filmed here. The village also offers charming buildings, a duck pond, a small museum, a tea room and two pubs, The White Horse and The William Bray.
  • Wonersh
    Wonersh is a picturesque village located equidistance from Guildford and Cranleigh in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village has one of the most attractive centres with the cricket green and highly rated Grantley Arms pub. Unsurprisingly sitting amongst beautiful rolling countryside, this destination is extremely popular with walkers and cyclists alike.
  • Shamley Green
    popular small village between Wonersh and Cranleigh with 350 metres of cricket green in the centre with recently enlarged village store, café/deli, The Speckedly Hen and two pubs, The Red Lion and The Bricklayers Arms surrounding it. The village has a strong community with many clubs including cricket, gardening and skittles. The village is surrounded by endless walks being in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there is a traditional fete annually. Alfred Hitchcock described Shamley Green as the “epitome of peace”. He bought Winters Grace in Stroud Lane in 1928 to spend his weekends, and he even named his television production company Shamley Productions after the village.