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Addlestone - Although situated close to London Addlestone retains most of its rural character. The Thames runs nearby and on fine weekends attracts many visitors to the area. The meadows of Runnymede are internationally famous on account of their connection with the Magna Carta. Adjacent to these meadows lie three memorials, the Magna Carta Memorial, The Kennedy Memorial and the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial which was unveiled in 1953.
Nearby Thorpe Park, Britain’s first theme park, now attracts over one million visits per year.
Ashford - Built-up area surrounded by many reservoirs - some available for watersports.
Bagshot - This was one of the coaching stops on the old main road between London and Exeter. The countryside here, reminiscent of the New Forest, was wild and attracted highwaymen. Today the M3 has been built across this once lonely tract. Part has been designated for visitors to enjoy: Lightwater Country Park.
Banstead - Suburban part of Surrey, once a downland village. To east of Epsom.
Caterham - This is part of Surrey but an extension of the urban development of Croydon; once a village it started to grow when the railway came in 1856. The landscape near the brow of the North Downs calls a natural halt to the town, and here one can enjoy fine views and walks. The East Surrey Museum is at Caterham.
Cobham - A once charming village beside the River Mole. The old mill has been restored. Closeby Stoke D'Abernon has one of the finest brasses in the country, perhaps one of the earliest. The real treasure of the area, at Street Cobham is Painshill Park one of the most exciting 18th century landscape parks which has been recreated from almost complete dereliction.
Cranleigh - Surrey village with a common and well known boys' public school. Located in attractive countryside middway between Guildford and Horsham. A variety of footpaths can be enjoyed in the area including the Downs Link footpath, the Greensand Way and the Sussex Border Path.
East Molesey - East Molesey was first recorded in a 7th century document which refers to estates at ‘Muleseg’. However it was not until the 13th century that a distinction appears to have been made between East and West, the latter being the new part.
As with many towns, its main growth followed the arrival of the railway. As a result, much of the town is Victorian in style. However there are some older dwellings in the Bell Road area. The Thames and the River Mole provide some lovely scenery and nearby attractions include Molesey Gallery and the fabulous Hampton Court.
Egham - Town by the River Thames through which the old main road to the west country used to pass from Staines down to Basingstoke. Egham is synonymous with Runnymede, the meadows beside the Thames where the Barons forced John to sign Magna Carta in 1215. Here too is a memorial to the airmen lost in World War Two. A splendid feature of Egham is the enormous, extravagantly designed Royal Holloway College.
Hindhead - Hindhead is a small Surrey village on the A3 road from London to Portsmouth. Perched high above sea level, it is mainly a residential area, but has a selection of shops. The Devil’s Punchbowl Hotel is a feature of the village, and has been a stop for travellers since the early 1800s.
There is some fantastic countryside around Hindhead. The National Trust maintain the Devil’s Punchbowl, a famous beauty spot. This bowl-shaped valley is a great place to go walking, as are Gibbet Hill and Hindhead Common, with lovely views and varied wildlife.
Lightwater - Town to east of Camberley beside the M3 motorway. Lightwater Country Park prserves a taste of the once enormous area of heathland of north Surrey where travellers in coaching days were often in fear of attack by highwaymen. Park has nature trails.
Lingfield - Lingfield can be found in the south of Tandridge District, near the county boundary with West Sussex and surrounded by open countryside. It is perhaps best known for its racecourse, Lingfield Park, which dates from the late 19th century and now has both a traditional turf course and an all-weather track.
Lingfield itself is an attractive village with a number of shops, pubs and restaurants. Prominent in the centre of Lingfield is The Cage and St Peter’s Cross. The Cross, dating from 1473, originally marked the boundary between two manors. The Cage was added in 1773 and was used as a 'lock-up' until as late as 1882. Towering over The Cage is a large hollow oak tree believed to be over 400 years old.
Much of the village centre is designated a Conservation Area and the area around the collegiate church of St Peter & St Paul has a number of particularly fine timber framed houses. A college was founded near the church in the early 15th century for the Carthusian Order. All that now remains is an 18th century house, The College, thought to have been built with salvaged material from the original college and the Guest House (now the library) which probably housed college guests.
Oxted - Village close to the M25 beneath the North Downs. Nearby is Chartwell, the home of Sir Winston Churchill.
Runnymede - Runnymede is situated in North West Surrey and lies on the trail of the River Thames and is perhaps most famous as the location of the signing of the Magna Carta by King John on 15 June 1215 in order to prevent civil war. The Magna Carter Memorial stands adjacent to Runnymede Meadow along with the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial commemorating the men and women killed in World War II, and Kennedy Memorial which was erected by public subscription in memory of the well known American President.
The borough of Runnymede is home to Britains first theme park, Thorpe Park which in 1979, and central to a number of nearby attractions including, Windsor Castle, Legoland, Gatwick Zoo, Chessington World of Adventures and the Savill Garden. There is also a wide variety of watersports available including water skiing, sailing and windsurfing.
Although located close to the city of London, the borough retains its rural character.
Shepperton - The Surrey village of Shepperton rests in a curve of the River Thames. Mentioned in the Domesday Book (as Scepertone), this picturesque village is well-known due to the film studios located here. Although many new properties were built in the 20th century, older buildings can be found clustered around Church Square.
The closeness of the river, and the many man-made lakes in the area, mean there are lots of watersports available. Sailing and canoeing are both popular, but in summer if you catch a boat at Walton-on-Thames you can also take a relaxing river trip past the village. Attractions within a short distance of Shepperton include Thorpe Park and Chertsey Museum.
Staines - Staines town guide.
Sunbury-on-Thames - Formly part of the county of Middlesex, Sunbury On Thames is an elegant residential town on the River Thames in Spelthorne Borough, 15 miles west of London. Close by is the the Royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and the towns of Hampton, Hounslow and Kingston.
The town developed alongside the river Thames, and more recently with the expansion of Heathrow Airport which has provided employment to many of its residents.
One of the Thames locks is here and nearby Kempton Racecourse is a popular venue for flat and National Hunt meetings. There’s a great variety of restaurants and entertainment in the area, as well as the huge attractions that go hand in hand with Sunbury On Thames’ proximity to London.
Virginia Water - Virginia Water is an attractive suburb to the north west of Surrey, which boasts many grand mansions and wealthy residents. The name refers to a particularly attractive feature of nearby Windsor Great Park: the large man-made lake beside which are Roman c
Warlingham - Warlingham is just south of the London Borough of Croydon. It is centred around the village green where there is a variety of shops and services. All Saints’ Church dates from the 13th century and it is believed to be where the Book of Common Prayer was used for the first time, in a service attended by Archbishop Cranmer. A more recent church, St Christopher’s, is situated in the south eastern part of Warlingham where the residential community has grown during the 20th Century. A supermarket now stands nearby on the site of the old Chelsham Bus Garage. Warlingham School is located in Tithepit Shaw Lane.
Woking - Woking town guide.
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