- Tell me about Woking….
Fantastic riding in Swinley/Porridge/Minley/Tunnel etc, also the Surrey Hills are within easy riding distance so you’re spoilt really. Woking itself is ok for shopping and has cinema/theatre, Guildford is a lot nicer though and has theatre too. Some bits of Woking aren’t so pleasant – worth going for a wander round first if you’re renting. Train from Woking direct to Waterloo in 25mins. Bus direct from Woking to LHR in about the same time.
GBPosted 4 years agotonydMember
As above, there’s some good riding. Nothing like Scotland but good none the less. Surrey hills are also good for walking, I wouldn’t describe it as hiking in the sense you’ll be used to though! You’ll be about 2 hours from South Wales if you want bigger hills.
For everything else that’s in and around Edinburgh, forget Woking but train into Waterloo takes no time so it’s as good as on your doorstep.
I think you’d be pleasantly surprised. Maybe rent in Woking for a while and explore the surrounds to see where you’d like to live. The whole area is eye-wateringly expensive to live though so make sure they offer you some decent money!
Good luck.Posted 4 years agoallthepiesMember
Well, as above, Woking’s no Edinburgh 😉
But…it’s a doddle to get into London quickly on the train so your gigging/comedy needs should be easily satisfied.
Surrey style MTB involves lots of singletrack and woodland. You can put together very long rides using the ROW network to link up local army land/commons/woods/Surrey Hills etc.Posted 4 years agosingletrackmindMember
I wouldnt ever want to live there having worked there for 2 years.Posted 4 years ago
Its just abit weird thats all. Much nicer towns easily within commuting distance. yes, you will pay more for a flat in Guildford , Godalming or Farnham but nicer in the evenings ( no offence to Wokingites)
or move over nearer Mychett way then you can ride with Tunnel Hill Trolls
So…. Ive been short listed for a good job which is based near Woking.
I currently live in Edinburgh, and work abroad a lot; but i really love living in Edinburgh, i have some good friends here, there is always something to do in the city and i get away to the mountains every other week in the summer months and almost as often over the winter. The current job is ok but its time for a change.
So will i go stir crazy in the South East of England?? I am not married and no kids and my girlfriend lives in Geneva (so easy access to airport is important) – i like hiking, biking, going to gigs and comedy and Edinburgh ticks all those boxes.
I like new challenges and moving to a new place doesnt bother me that much…. but there seems to be a distinct lack of mountains….Posted 4 years agoask1974Member
Think Singletrackmind hit the nail on the head. After Edinburgh Woking is likely to seem flat and lacking character, I’d be mildly amazed if you found it suitable. However it’s surrounded by some really very nice places and commuting in is not a problem. Guildford, Godalming, Haslemere all span the Surrey hills and are all easily within reach, or head towards London for a busier lifestyle.
All due respect to Woking residents but I’d never live there. Bad example of what the south east has to offer. I do however know a very reasonable mechanic in Woking if that helps 🙂Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
I’ve lived in Guildford on and off for 30 years. I’m biased but if you like the outdoors the area is a fabulous place to live given its access to the countryside, the coast (an hour), Gatwick and Heathrow 30 mins, likewise central London and all the nightlife and culture you could possibly want, Guildford is pretty active as well with clubs and bars and a student population plus country pubs etc if those are more your style. The new G-Live seems to be pulling in some decent acts, Comedy and Music.
You can ride xc and Surrey Hills from you doorstep, Swinley, QECP, Rogate etc a short drive. Wales 2.5 hrs, Peak District 3hrs
Paul Weller is from Woking and still lives locally I believe, so whilst it isn’t my favourite place it scores big for that.Posted 4 years agomudsharkMember
I’ve known a few people who chose to live in Woking despite not working there, main advantage seems to be speed into London and access to nice places nearby. There are some areas with nice big houses around – plenty of wealthy people in those. But I wouldn’t choose to live there as the centre feels pretty soulless to me, there are nice nearby villages which would be an easy bike ride away, wouldn’t choose to drive in as the roads tend to be busy. Guildford is the best place around for a youngish person to have fun in and easy train trip to Woking so I’d look to do that.Posted 4 years ago
THanks for the comments everyone – it looks like Guilford is the better option!
I guess part of the problem is that Edinburgh is one of the best places (IMHO) to live in the UK – culture, history, Arthur’s seat and Portobello beach all in a short bike ride. And i have Glasgow 45 minutes on the train for a great night out and loads of live bands…..
Anyway I dont have the job yet……Posted 4 years agobinnersSubscriber
I used to work in our office in Woking occasionally. It looks and feels like any other of those god-forsaken southern satellite towns. If someone parachuted you in to any particular one of them, and asked you where you were, you wouldn’t have a clue.
They’re all identical, and utterly and completely soulless. Like most of the inhabitants.
I’d imagine that if you enjoy everything you’ve listed of the benefits of living in a major city, you’d be bored out of your skull in Woking within days. Not to mention the distinct lack of hillsPosted 4 years agotomdSubscriber
If the job’s a cracker it might be worth it. I spent 5 years living around that part of the South, now in Glasgow. There is decent riding and countryside near by but it will be nothing compared to what you have from Edinburgh. Also, it is likely you will end up paying more to live in a worse house / flat and have less culture to enjoy unless you venture into London. Yes you can get other places, but I don’t count being able to get to Afan / Peak District in three hours (in good traffic) a postive. From Edinburgh you’ve got great riding on your doorstep, even better riding <1hr hour away and the Lakes and Highlands if you can bothered to travel for two hours on quiet roads.Posted 4 years agofreeagentMember
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If we’re onto bad examples I challenge anyone to beat Harlow New Town for worst place to live in the SE…
I’ve lived in Northfleet – that was pretty grim
I work in Laindon – that is pretty grim
Even been to the Medway towns? Gillingham, Chatham, Strood?Posted 4 years agocaptain slowMember
andybach, can’t really disagree with any of the negative comparisons of woking with edinburgh, but surprised nobody has mentioned the climate. I have a friend who moved his family down from edinburgh and they flatly refused to move back a few years later because of what they descibed as the lack of sunlight back home – about half on average I believe – so you may just grow to like itPosted 4 years ago
It’s not McLaren ….. Nothing that exciting ….. @singletrackmind in Edinburgh we would just assume that was a student drama fringe performance
Was at a few fringe shows last night and wandering home through the “old town” thinking what an amazing city….. Off to the highlands on Saturday for a week – wont make the decision any easier!Posted 4 years agobinnersSubscriber
@binners – don’t be so one-eyed. There is plenty of soul down south, in the towns and in the people
I’m sure there is. But there certainly wasn’t in Woking from what I saw. I thought it was an utterly soulless place (which we also have plenty of oop north BTW – see Warrington for example). The thing was that most people who lived or worked there seemed to share my opinion. For example, there was a Champions League game on one evening I was down there, that I fancied going to watch in the pub, and maybe grab something to eat. I asked in the office were there any decent pubs in Woking. The universal reply: ‘no, there are no decent pubs in Woking’.
After going for an explore in the evening myself, I concluded they were rightPosted 4 years ago
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