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Dorking ~ Surrey towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 21:46 10 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:24 20 February 2013

Dorking ~ Surrey towns and villages

Dorking ~ Surrey towns and villages

Famous for its thriving antiques trade, award-winning vineyard and giant cockerel, the historic market town of Dorking will be receiving global attention this year

Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012

Famous for its thriving antiques trade, award-winning vineyard and giant cockerel, the historic market town of Dorking will be receiving global attention this year

Photo: Pete Gardner

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Did you know?

The hills are alive
The National Trusts Box Hill has a superb look-out at the top, giving incredible views over the town and surrounding countryside. Its slopes have long tested hobby cyclists but have become a focal point for international competitors with the Olympic road race route concentrating on it.

Go west
Packed with ancient shops that brim with historic finds, West Street, the oldest road in Dorking, is frequented by restorers and collectors. The historic street was also once home to William Mullins, a Pilgrim Father who sailed on the Mayflower to America on September 16, 1620.

Something to crow about
There is a famous five-toed cockerel officially called the Dorking. To put the towns famous fowl on the map, it was decided to erect a giant sculpture on a roundabout at the far end of the town.

Seeking inspiration...
The birthplace of actor Laurence Olivier, home to composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and inspiration for author Daniel Defoe, its no wonder Dorkings a creative hub with Arts Alive and the Leith Hill Musical Festival.

While youre there...

the UKs largest vineyard, Denbies Wine Estate, and explore the rows of vines or take an official tour. The Surrey Hills Brewery has since moved in, too.

Eat at...
The stylish Little Dudley House (01306 885550), which has had a huge impact on the local dining scene.

Drink at...
The Star at the end of West Street (01306 889734) has its own recording studio and the Courtyard Caf Bar (01306 888 849) is a hidden gem in Old Kings Head Court.

Stay at...
The White Horse (01306 881138) is a three-star hotel, housed in an 18th century coaching inn.

Move there for...
And get: A five-bedroom house next to the Rose Hill conservation area.

Famous neighbours?
Wildlife campaigner and actress Virginia McKenna lives nearby in Coldharbour.

Getting there...
Off junction 9 of the M25 via the A24. Dorking is well served by two main stations.

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