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Camberley ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 13:30 12 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:24 20 February 2013

Camberley ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Camberley ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Best known as the home of the world famous Sandhurst Military Academy, where British Army officers are trained, Camberley's giant elephant also stakes a claim for fame

Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012

Best known as the home of the world famous Sandhurst Military Academy, where British Army officers are trained, Camberleys giant elephant also stakes a claim for fame

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Did you know?

Highway times...
Before the 19th century, the Camberley area was referred to as Bagshot Heath, which was known as a haunt of highwaymen such as William Davies aka the Golden Farmer.

See the sites...
Head for the countryside at the nearby Lightwater Country Park, where there are two walking trails: the Heathland Trail and the shorter Nature Trail. The Heathland Trail includes an energetic walk to the top of High Curley where there are good views of the surrounding countryside. A short drive from the town, youll also find the Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre at Mytchett, where you can hire canoes.

Drama, my dears...
Camberley Theatre offers an exciting programme of arts and entertainment throughout the year. A 1,840 all-seater nine-screen Vue cinema brings further entertainment to the town.

Home brewed and bottled...
Brewing 3,000 bottles of beer a week, the Ascot Ales microbrewery, owned by Camberley couple Chris and Suzanne Gill, has picked up awards for their five core ales and bitters, which are found in local Waitrose stores.

While youre there...

...the brick tower known as The Obelisk, which these days stands about 30 feet high instead of its original 100 feet. Then theres the Concrete Elephant, found on the A30, constructed entirely from concrete pipes.

Eat at...
El Pic (01276 670670) has been named one of the top five Spanish restaurants in the country by Channel 4s The F Word.

Drink at...
Camberley is within striking distance of Pennyhill Park (01276 471774) in Bagshot if you fancy an extra special afternoon tea.

Stay at...
Artist David Shepherds former home, Frimley Hall Hotel (0844 879 9110).

Move there for...
And get: A four-bedroom home located on one of Camberleys premier roads.

Famous neighbours?
Princes William and Harry both graduated from Sandhurst Military Academy.

Getting there...
Just off the A30 and M3. The train station is on the Ascot to Guildford line.

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