Farnham is the nicest market town in Surrey. It has beautiful Georgian homes, charming boutiques, walking and cycling in the countryside, and one of Surrey’s only intact castles. The easiest way to explore the town is on foot. The most interesting part of the town is the historical center, and the Borough is the main shopping district. The Farnham Castle was built in 1138 although not much of it remains. It is worth walking around the grounds to take in the beautiful views. Waverly Abbey is said to be the inspiration for Sir Walter Scott’s novel of the same name, and sits on the banks of the River Wey about 2 miles from Farnham. It was the first Cistercian abbey built in England. Across the Wey is the impressive Waverley Abbey House, built in 1783 using bricks from the demolished abbey. In the 19th century it was owned by the brother in law of Florence Nightingale. The tiny Hamlet town of Hindhead is located 8 miles south of Farnham and has a number of excellent trails and biking paths in an area known as the Devil’s Punchbowl. To get a great view, head for Gibbet Hill, which was once an execution site.