Hindhead - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013
PUBLISHED: 12:32 15 October 2013 | UPDATED: 12:32 15 October 2013
The longest road tunnel under land in the UK has successfully united one of Surrey’s most spectacular areas
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former Hindhead has been at the centre of much planning debate in recent years. Despite the huge popularity of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies and the hit BBC mini-series, Sherlock, plans to turn the home into flats were accepted and then eventually quashed. Mark Gatiss, co-producer of the BBC’s Sherlock has been the patron of The Undershaw Preservation Society since December 2010 and the group continues its campaign to save the building for literary fans.
The 371m Hindhead Tunnel under the Devil’s Punch Bowl officially opened in 2011 after a four-and-a-half year construction project. As well as taking a busy road away from a national beauty spot, the country’s longest under-land road tunnel helped reunite one-and-a-half thousand acres of stunning heathland.
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The fascinating The Sculpture Park in Churt, next to the Hindhead Commons, is set in 10 acres of arboretums. Opened in 2003, most of the 200+ works are for sale.
The Hindhead Commons, which were one of the National Trust’s first major acquisitions, offer many beautiful views. Nearby, Gibbet Hill is the second highest point in Surrey with views across the Weald.
Sneak over to Grayshott to take advantage of Jolleys Café at Grayshott Pottery (01428 604404).
The Devils Punchbowl Hotel (01428 606565) on London Road. It was originally built as a country residence for Rollo Russell, the son of Lord John Russell who was England’s first Liberal Prime Minister.
Live the life of luxury at the Grayshott Spa Hotel (01428 602031) in nearby Grayshott.
Just off the A3. A quick 10 minute drive away, Haslemere train station is the closest one to the village.