Dorking

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At the heart of the breathtaking Surrey Hills lies Dorking, a historic market town set within a nationally acclaimed Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A steep-sided valley cuts the North Downs just north east of the town and marks Dorking as part of the Mole Valley, its neighbouring villages include Westhumble, Westcott, Newdigate, Brockham, Box Hill and Headley. The town boasts three railway stations, the main Dorking Station frequently accessing both London Victoria and London Waterloo mainline stations and, in the opposite direction to Horsham and the south coast. With the M25 orbital just 10 minutes away and the A24 and A25 trunk roads leading from the town, road access to neighbouring towns and central London makes for an straightforward and efficient commute.

Dorking began as a small, humble Roman road between London and Chichester but steadily grew in popularity, largely due to its proximity to the rolling Surrey Hills whilst still retaining a certain charm within the town itself. As Dorking evolved to accommodate the increasing rise in popularity, much of the original character has been preserved whilst containing a unique blend of renowned High Street names alongside independent retailers offering a traditional selection of goods and services. Dorking invites everyone to sample its charm and indulge in a range of experiences that are intrinsic to the town. With a plethora of pubs, bars and restaurants, the finest produce from local fields and England's best fare, mixed with a sprinkling of international tastes are all delights waiting to be discovered.

As a constantly evolving epicentre of local business and leisure, Dorking has provided the focus and setting for the activities of townspeople and villagers from surrounding communities for hundreds of years. 

The town is justifiably proud of the wide a range of successful schools available to local residents. There is an active collection of sports clubs and an extensive range of facilities within the leisure centre on offer. For those seeking to indulge their taste for the arts, Dorking Halls offers a lively entertainment centre that is a popular venue for comedians, plays, pantomimes, orchestras and musicians throughout the year. The Halls also incorporates a cinema which holds showings of all the latest film releases that are suitable for the whole family.

Dorking also plays host to one of the UK’s most famous vineyards. Denbies Wine Estate is the largest vineyard in England and has a long and rich history. Denbies has become a real force to be reckoned with in English winemaking in the last few years winning numerous awards. In 2010 their Chalk Ridge Rose achieved global success by winning Gold at the International Wine Challenge. The still, rose wine came first of 367 entries from 21 countries. 

On May 22nd 1907, Dorking saw the birth of legendary British actor, director, and producer Laurence Olivier, who eventually came to be regarded as one of the foremost Shakespeare interpreters of the 20th century. Despite an illustrious career which saw him conquer Hollywood he still returned to his birthplace to visit relatives throughout his lifetime.

Dorking’s breathtaking surrounding countryside and humble community has been an inspiration to many, including Charles Dickens who used Dorking as the home of Sam Weller's father and stepmother in The Pickwick Papers. Residents today retain a fierce pride in their community and the places, streets and buildings that give the town its special identity and sense of place.

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