Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Dorking and Polesden Lacey

Dorking is an historic market town in north eastern Surrey and is surrounded by many rural villages and the North Downs, a ridge of chalk hills that runs from Farnham to Dover in Kent. Nearby Box Hill high up on the chalk escarpment was used as part of the Olympic 2012 cycling races and gives wonderful views over the Mole Valley. This all forms part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty called the Surrey Hills

Apart from the scenery, there are a few attractions to enjoy, including:

 Polesden  Lacey, a National Trust property known as the place where King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, spent their honeymoon;

 Denbies  Wine Estate;

a giant cockerel  and

 Dorking Caves. The latter are hidden away in the centre of town in South Street and are only open every so often on Heritage Days. These are really tunnels that connect various cellars together but are said to date from around the 17th Century.

There are three stations at Dorking - Main, West and Deepdene, the last two are on the same line although not all trains stop at Dorking West.

I have enjoyed a circular walk from Dorking West Station before but the route no longer seems to be available, this is a similar one but from Westhumble  Station, just a bit further out of Dorking.  I haven't tested this version though. Do take an OS map with you in case you get lost!

Here's a few photos of Polesden Lacey.

There's a lovely cafe offering a delicious snack or two.

Pressing on with the walk through the countryside to Denbies Estate, sadly the vines were just sticks when I was there.

Again a nice cafe to try, then

into Dorking itself to catch the train.

I have also walked to Polesden Lacey from Bookham Station, approaching from the North but this entailed walking a lot of the time through residential streets.

I hope this has given you a taste of what is around the area so you can do your own research and enjoy another mooch!

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