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Dorking, Surrey

Review of Dorking by Sybil on July 14th, 2011
Dorking has inevitably developed into a commuter settlement, but it is also a fine old country town with some characterful little shops, the town nearly surrounded by downland hills and with Box Hill northwards.

Review of Dorking by Nadia on April 21st, 2009
Nestling amidst the super Surrey Hills countryside, Dorking still retains all the features of a bustling market town. People have settled here since Roman times and many famous people were born here or lived in the surrounds including Laurence Olivier, Oliver Reed and Eric Clapton.
Historic West St is the centre of the renowned Antiques Centre and the ancient Kings Arms whilst Dickens stayed at the White Horse in the wide High St.
The surrounding countryside is truly stunning with Ranmore, Box Hill and Leith Hill ( the highest point in the South Esast of England ) the local high points. Westcott, Holmbury St Mary, Abinger, Brockham, Betchworth and leigh are all delightful villages with historic inns just perfect for a pint.

Review of Dorking by Anna-Maria on April 20th, 2009
We have lived in Dorking now for about 4 years and absolutely love it. Hubbie is in to cycling and so the country here is perfect for him (and the 1000's of others who spend their weekends doing it) and our son has settled very well in to the local school. We moved from Putney in London and the contrast couldn't be greater. And despite the rural market town feel and the ability to go for a walk and not see a soul you can be in Central London in an hour

Review of Dorking by F. Salter on September 24th, 2007
i live in Dorking and apart from not being able to find a local copper, and the late night revellers in dean street on a friday night it is a lovely little town. Admittedly the choice of shops is restricted by space and high costs. At least it is quite safe to walk in at night compared to larger towns. The schools are good and although the MVDC is trying to alter the area we still have some green areas left to enjoy.

Review of Dorking by nick on January 25th, 2006
I used to live in Dorking and it is a small but nicely formed country town with super countryside all around. there are lots of restaurants, pubs and antique shops and plenty of estate agents which reflect the affluence of the area. A lot of locals work in London and the commute takes around 45 minutes. Some of the surrounding villages like Brockham, Betchworth, Abinger, Capel and Mickleham are well worth a visit as is Box Hill which, along with Ranmore Hill, loom over the town.

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