Area Guide: Borough of Woking

A thriving community of commutable towns and villages, the Borough of Woking is favoured for its excellent transport links into Central London.

The Borough of Woking is a local government district located 25 miles south west of Central London in the centre of Surrey. Woking railway station is where several main lines converge; trains arrive on different lines from Basingstoke, Aldershot and Portsmouth, all heading to London Waterloo. This has made Woking very popular with those who commute into London because of the high frequency of trains - up to 15 per hour with the quickest taking just 24 minutes.

Did You Know?

Bisley is the headquarters of the National Rifle Association. Bisley hosted most of the shooting events in the 1908 Olympic Games, and all the shooting for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Did You Know?

Inspiring chef and household name, Delia Smith, was born in Woking in 1941.

The Communities

Woking

In recent years, the town of Woking itself has seen significant investment and has taken on a brighter, more contemporary look as regeneration takes effect.  Shopping areas have been expanded, upgraded and reconnected and there are several public art installations in the town centre. Jubilee Square, with a European café culture ambience and elegant planting has been unveiled to great acclaim.

Woking has 8th century origins but really developed with the arrival of the Basingstoke Canal in the 18th century and the railway in the early 19th century.  Both continue to benefit the town as the canal now boasts scenic stretches of cycle routes and walking towpaths along with boating and fishing spots, including Byfleet Boat club.

Pyrford

A village to the east of the Borough, close to the River Wey and favoured for both its golf course and close proximity to the rail station in nearby West Byfleet. The Anchor pub is a popular location for those visiting the area and the nearby Pyrford Marina is a great place to see a collection of narrow boats using the waterways nearby.

West Byfleet

This Surrey village has prospered over the years from the arrival of a main line train station and today the station continues to be a major draw for people moving into the area. It defines West Byfleet as a popular commuter village, with typically 4 trains leaving per hour into Central London.

Byfleet

Served by Byfleet and New Haw railway station, the village of Byfleet is located to the far east of the Borough of Woking.  Byfleet grew substantially because of its close proximity to Brooklands when aircraft manufacturing was at its height during WWI.  Byfleet was on the route for the Olympic Cycle Race in the 2012 Olympics and to this day sees the annual charity race Prudential Ride London pass through the village.

Did You Know?

Brookwood Cemetery in Woking is the largest in Britain.

House Prices

The Borough of Woking offers a fantastic variety of homes, from modest one bedroom apartments to sprawling six bedroom detached properties set in acres of land. Areas such as Hook Heath and The Hockering remain a draw for buyers wanting a larger home with easy access to local amenities and the many outdoor spaces.

Woking market has remained resilient over the past two years with little fluctuation in overall asking prices, due in part to the superb transport links, excellent schooling and the variety of property available.

On average, house prices in Woking have risen by £167,000 or 48% in the last 10 years.  Today the average detached property is worth £789,705, whilst the average flat price is £262,420 (Source Zoopla 2019).

Did You Know?

Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking was the first purpose-built mosque in Britain, dating back to 1889.

Did You Know?

The comedian Harry Hill was born in Woking in 1964.

Did You Know?

Woking is home to the second most successful Formula 1 racing team of all time. The McLaren race team headquaters and manufacturing facility for their road sports cars is held within the McLaren Technology Centre on the outskirts of Woking.

Did You Know?

James Cracknell the Olympic rower is from Pyrford.

Did You Know?

Woking Palace is a Scheduled Monument in the county of Surrey, which sits on a gravel island beside the River Wey. King Henry VIII, often used the palace as a respite from the heat and disease of London. His entourage would spend 4-5 days staying there, hunting and hawking in the Great Park of Woking.

Did You Know?

H.G. Wells’ science fiction novel 'The War of the Worlds', was mostly written while he was living in Woking - in the book Horsell Common was the initial landing site of the martian invasion.

Places of Interest / Leisure

Golf Clubs

Chobham, West Hill, Sutton Green, Hoebridge, Pyrford, West Byfleet, Twisted Stone and Woking Golf Club make up the eight great golf courses within the Borough, making Woking a golf enthusiast’s dream place to live.

 

Green Spaces

The Borough of Woking is largely dominated by urban spaces, but there are also plenty of green areas too. These include Horsell Common, Pyrford Common as well as Goldsworth Park Lake and common land. Woking Park offers wonderful leafy walks, whilst cycle rides and horse riding can be enjoyed on Horsell Common or slightly further afield in the Surrey Hills. Further recreational pursuits include flying at Fairoaks Airport, shooting at Bisley Shooting Ground, and golf and relaxation at Foxhills Country Club among others.

Sports & Fitness

If a healthy lifestyle is your thing, the borough of Woking is flooded with indoor gym and fitness centres, the most prominent of which are Nuffield Health and Fitness, David Lloyd and Woking Leisure Centre.

The Lightbox

This contemporary gallery and museum is located in central Woking, and is one of the most exciting cultural spaces in the south east. Three stunning galleries host a huge range of exhibitions that change regularly. The Lightbox is also home to an interactive museum of Woking’s history.

Shopping Centre

The centre of Woking is dominated by The Peacocks centre, a multi-story shopping and leisure centre. Home to more than 150 independent and national retailers as well as a theatre, cinema and several eateries and coffee bars, it is a hub for the community.

Foxhills Country Club & Resort

Based in Ottershaw, Foxhills Country Club & Resort is as an exceptional and diverse leisure experience for the whole family with two 18-hole championship golf courses (Longcross and Bernard Hunt), a 9-hole par-3 Manor course, squash courts, tennis courts, award-winning spa facilities and a wealth of attractive dining and accommodation options. Situated just minutes from the M3 and M25, the 400 acre estate dates back to the 1780s.

Brooklands Museum

Brooklands Museum was originally a motor racing circuit, but the site was repurposed during WWI to manufacture aircraft and again in the 1940’s for WWII as part of the allied bomber offensive. Today, although the aircraft manufacturing and motor racing has long ceased, the site is a thriving museum, displaying many motor racing vehicles and aircraft from throughout the years.

River Wey

If you fancy a picturesque walk, the River Wey is a popular destination, with a route to enjoy that heads out from West Byfleet, past the popular anchor pub at Pyrford lock and on to views of Newark Priory and the beautiful historic village of Ripley. The route is walkable in just over an hour.

 

Transport Links

Woking railway station is where several main lines converge; trains arrive on different lines from Basingstoke, Aldershot and Portsmouth, all heading to London Waterloo.  This has made Woking very popular with those who commute into London because of the high frequency of trains, with up to 15 per hour; the quickest takes just 24 minutes.  The surrounding villages are also well served by Brookwood and Worplesdon railway stations.

Road transport links nearby are excellent with the A3, M25 and M3 in close proximity, giving easy access to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports as well as central London and the south coast. Thankfully neither are within earshot from properties in the Woking borough.

Regular bus routes run through the borough and with Heathrow Airport nearby a regular National Express Coach service ticket can be purchased for about £10.

Local Schools

Woking Properties For Sale

£1,187,500 (Freehold)

Woking

Detached house

  • 5
  • 3
  • 3
  • 22
£250,000 (Freehold) Guide Price

West Byfleet

Flat

  • 2
  • 1
  • 1
  • 8
£675,000 (Freehold) Price Guide

Woking

Detached house

  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • 10
£450,000 (Freehold)

Woking

Detached house

  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • 15

Woking Properties To Rent

£1,750* pcm

Woking

Flat

  • 2
  • 2
  • 1
  • 8
£3,500* pcm

West Byfleet

Detached house

  • 5
  • 3
  • 2
  • 12
£1,400* pcm

Woking

House

  • 2
  • 2
  • 0
  • 7
£1,500* pcm

Byfleet

Semi-detached house

  • 3
  • 1
  • 3
  • 14

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