I’ve always been passionate about promoting physical and mental health, and through this guide on all the healthy things you can do in Epsom and Ewell, I aim to introduce you to the scenic beauties and health hubs of our borough.
Whether you’re a resident or just passing through, I’ll guide you to the best spots for exercise, relaxation, and nourishment in our picturesque part of England.
Join me as we explore various ways to keep fit, unwind, and immerse ourselves in the natural and cultural richness that Epsom and Ewell have to offer.
As an avid road cyclist myself, I’m thrilled to share the joys of cycling in and around our beautiful borough of Epsom & Ewell.
The Surrey Hills, a stone’s throw away from us, are a haven for cyclists, offering both challenging road routes and adventurous mountain biking trails.
Among these, Box Hill stands out – not just for its fame from the 2012 Olympics but also for its challenging ascents. After climbing Box Hill I often stop for a coffee at Destination Bikes on Box Hill to soak in the camaraderie that comes with cycling in a group.
Venturing a little beyond our borough to Dorking, unveils the serene vineyards of Denbies. Whether cycling or walking, this route offers a scenic escape, blending the pleasures of nature with a hint of vinicultural charm.
For those inspired to explore Epsom & Ewell on two wheels, the local council’s website offers information on cycling routes and maps.
We are incredibly fortunate to have a plethora of walking paths in Epsom & Ewell that cater to all – whether you’re strolling with your furry companion or seeking a solitary walk in nature.
As an advocate for health and wellness, I find these walks to be a perfect way to reconnect with nature and revitalise the mind and body.
Epsom Downs is a personal favourite of mine. A walk up to the Epsom Horse Racing Grandstand, famous for the Derby, is not just a journey through open landscapes but also a brush with the rich equestrian heritage of Epsom, known for its racecourse and riding culture.
Epsom Common offers a different kind of tranquillity with its sprawling woodland and wildlife. It’s a place where I walk daily to find peace and rejuvenation amidst the hustle of daily life.
Horton Country Park, Nonsuch Park, and the Hogsmill are other gems in our borough. Each location has its unique charm, from the historical significance of Nonsuch Park to the natural beauty of Horton Country Park and the picturesque trails along Hogsmill.
For those who share my love for walking and are looking to explore these beautiful areas, the local council’s website provides an excellent resource. It details various walking routes and maps you can download and follow.
In Epsom & Ewell, we’re fortunate to have a variety of eateries that not only tantalise the taste buds but also align with a health-conscious lifestyle.
Here are my top picks:
Yoga has been an integral part of my journey towards holistic health. It aligns perfectly with my chiropractic philosophy, focusing on the balance between body and mind.
Here’s where I practice and recommend:
My wonderful yoga instructor, Isabel at Isabel Yoga, has been a guiding force in my yoga practice. Her classes, held in various locations around Epsom & Ewell, including the serene St Michaels Sanctuary in Ewell, offer an immersive and holistic yoga experience.
Anusara Yoga, the style she teaches, has been a part of my routine for many years, and I can’t recommend it enough for its comprehensive approach to wellbeing.
For anyone interested in starting or continuing their yoga journey, exploring Isabel Yoga’s classes would be a great choice. The unique settings and skilled teaching offer an enriching experience for both body and soul.
Staying active is a key part of maintaining health and well-being, and in Epsom & Ewell, we’re lucky to have some fantastic gyms that cater to a variety of fitness needs and preferences.
Here are my personal recommendations:
This is more than just a gym; it’s a place where bespoke fitness is the focus. With their range of spin and studio classes, VFit offers a tailored approach to fitness that I find incredibly effective. The community atmosphere here makes every workout session enjoyable and motivating.
This place is a delightful surprise in the middle of Epsom Common. It’s a unique blend of a gym and an event space set on a farm, offering a refreshing twist to your regular fitness routine. They host a variety of events, including glamping, and also feature pop-up cafes and food vans, making it a lively spot to exercise and socialise.
As a member of this upmarket gym and club for several years, I can vouch for the exceptional facilities and variety it offers. From tennis courts to state-of-the-art gym equipment, David Lloyd Epsom provides a comprehensive fitness experience in a luxurious setting. It’s perfect for those who enjoy a touch of elegance in their workout environment.
Participating in local events is not just about staying active; it’s about being part of our vibrant community here in Epsom & Ewell.
There are several events throughout the year that I, along with my family, eagerly participate in. They offer a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow residents, enjoy our beautiful borough, and of course, stay fit.
Here are some of my favourites:
This annual event features a 20-mile route around the borough, and we’ve participated a few times. It’s a wonderful way to explore our local area, either on two wheels or on foot. The sense of community and the collective energy of the participants make it an event not to be missed.
Learn more about the Bike and Hike Event
My children have been involved in the Surrey Youth Games, which is a fantastic platform for young people to try out new sports and engage in friendly competition. It’s a great way for them to develop their sporting skills and understand the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship.
Discover the Surrey Youth Games
Each June, the Epsom Racecourse hosts the famous Ladies Day and the Epsom Derby, significant events in the horse racing calendar. My daughter, who takes horse riding lessons at Wildwood Riding Centre, enjoys a hack across the Downs. All are a testament to Epsom’s rich equestrian heritage.
We’re lucky to have Parkrun events in Nonsuch Park and Banstead Woods, the latter being one of the earliest Parkrun venues. I’ve participated in various local running events like the Tadworth 10-mile in January and the Ashtead 10k in September, which are great for runners of all levels.
These events not only encourage us to stay active but also bring us together, reinforcing the community spirit that makes Epsom & Ewell such a special place to live and thrive.
Living in Epsom & Ewell, I’m constantly reminded of the rich history that surrounds us, particularly the discovery of Epsom Salts (Magnesium).
Right beside where I live, in the Wells area of Epsom Common, an ornamental Well commemorates where this significant discovery was made. This place isn’t just a point of historical interest; it’s a symbol of our town’s contribution to health and wellness, dating back centuries.
The Well marks a spot where natural minerals were once harvested, reflecting the enduring connection between our community and natural health remedies.
In our fast-paced world, maintaining a balanced mindset and finding time for meditation is crucial. In Epsom & Ewell, we are fortunate to be surrounded by nature and woodland areas, providing the perfect backdrop for mindfulness and relaxation.
These places and events offer wonderful opportunities to nurture our mental health, complementing the physical wellness activities available in our borough.
As we come to the end of this guide, I hope you’ve been inspired by the myriad of health and wellness opportunities available right here in Epsom & Ewell.
From the rejuvenating cycle routes in Surrey Hills to the tranquil pathways of Epsom Commons, our borough is a haven for those seeking physical and mental well-being.
Our local eateries, yoga studios, and gyms offer spaces to nourish and strengthen your body, while the community events create a sense of belonging and shared purpose.
But beyond these activities and destinations, what truly makes Epsom & Ewell special is the spirit of its people. Whether it’s sharing a moment of peace at Bodhi Eden, joining hands for a community event, or simply enjoying a quiet walk in our historical places, it’s the connections we make and the experiences we share that enrich our lives.
So, whether you’re a lifelong resident or a curious visitor, I invite you to explore, participate, and embrace the vibrant, healthy lifestyle that Epsom & Ewell has to offer. Let’s celebrate our community, our health, and the beautiful environment that surrounds us.
Monday to Thursday
Sunday & Holidays
9A Cheam Road, Ewell, Epsom KT17 1SP
Our practice is next to the central car park in the Ewell village if you travel by car. And just a 10-minute wander from both train stations in Ewell.