Around and About Faurefold
Location and transport
Several bus services pass the site linking with Guildford, Dorking and other local towns. Details can be found on theSurrey County Council website.
Dorking has three railway stations, Dorking (Waterloo/Victoria-Horsham lines), and Dorking West and Dorking Deepdene (Redhill-Guildford line). These provide services to London, Guildford and south to Horsham.
Dorking – Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Marks and Spencer.
Hospitals and Doctors
Dorking Road, Epsom KT18 7EG (approx 10 miles) – 01372 735735
Three Arch Road, Earlswood, Redhill RH1 5RH (approx 11 miles) – 01737 768511
Egerton Road, Guildford GU2 7XX (approx 9 miles) – 01483 571122
Out of hours service – 020 8390 9990
Out and about
Set in the beautiful Surrey Hills, Dorking has a lot to offer for an outing.
Leisure Centre – Take the girls for swimming. For further information ring the Dorking Sports Centre on 01306 870180, or visit http://www.harpersfitness.co.uk/gyms/dorking-sports-centre/
Heritage Trail – Two self-guided trails are available for those who wish to explore the varied architecture, streets and public spaces of the town centre. A leaflet incorporating a plan of the routes is available from the Tourist Information Office in the Dorking Halls or can be downloaded from the http://www.visitdorking.com site.
Dorking Museum – The museum contains an amazing variety of displays from children’s toys to agricultural equipment and has an extensive fossil collection, bygones including early radios, vacuum cleaners and sewing machines, a Victorian dolls house and Victorian kitchen and laundry artifacts.
For more information and details of current exhibition visit http://www.dorkingmuseum.co.uk/
The address is: The Old Foundry, 62 West Street, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1BS
The Countryside of the Surrey Hills
With Box Hill and Ranmore Common to the north and Leith Hill to the south, the landscape around Dorking is quite spectacular and has inspired artists and writers. Jane Austen, Horatio Nelson (plus Lady Hamilton!) and Vaughan Williams have all walked this landscape. It is much enjoyed by visitors.
For information on Box Hill visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/box-hill/
For information on Leith Hill visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/leith-hill/
Many of these areas are within a short walk of the site and there is an extensive network of well-maintained footpaths and bridle ways. The countryside is great for walking and rambling, with degrees of difficulty extending from an assault on the steep footpath of Box Hill to a gentle stroll. The North Downs and Greensand Ways, The Mole Gap Trail and the Thames Link all pass through the area.
There are two ordnance survey maps covering the area which are widely available in bookshops: the 1:50,000 Landranger 187 ‘Dorking, Reigate and Crawley’ and Explorer 146 ‘Dorking’ Box Hill and Reigate’ at 1:25,000.
For walks in Mole Valley and the Surrey Hills visit http://www.surreyhills.org/
Cycling is also permitted on bridle ways and there are designated cycle paths linking town and countryside. The sitehttp://www.visitdorking.com provides details of local organized tours.
Within a few miles of Dorking are a range of top quality attractions.
Chessington World of Adventures is one of the best theme parks in the country. It is a short distance from Dorking via the A24, around Leatherhead to the A243. It provides an exciting day out for all.
Bocketts Farm, 6 miles away near Leatherhead, is a working farm that provides opportunities for visitors to see animals such as friendly domestic farm animals, roaming ducks and chickens. Unusual animals such as water buffalo, zebu and llamas can also be seen. Daily events include tractor rides, goat milking and the famous pig races! Popular with Brownies, Bocketts Farm Park, Young Street, Fetcham, Leatherhead, KT22 9BS
Denbies – Denbies is Britain’s largest vineyard. Experience Tours operate daily starting with a state of the art 360º cinema film followed by a trip through the winery and the cellars. The Vineyard Land Train is also available from April to October to take you up the North Downs Way for amazing views of the Surrey Hills. Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA – 01306 876616.
Spectrum Centre, Guildford There are lots of activities available including ice skating and bowling as well as swimming.
Margaret Frosztega – February 2012 – updated April 2013