Leatherhead to Dorking


Mum and I did a short walk from Leatherhead to Dorking along the Mole Gap Trail. (It’s a nice name, but we didn’t see any actual moles.)

The weather forecast had promised sunny spells, but we actually saw the sun for about ten seconds shortly before it set; the day was relentlessly grey. Still, it was quite an interesting walk.


We had a short look around Leatherhead. The town’s delights include an office building on the site of the house where John Wesley preached his last sermon, as well as, more usefully, a Greggs. Apparently the high street was voted fifth worst in the country in 2002, so that’s something.

The Running Horse pub. The portrait is of Elynor Rummyn, supposedly the landlady here in 1520.
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Leatherhead Bridge. Arch-tastic.
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Corner of the (very impressive) Leatherhead Pumping Station.
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River Mole

The route followed the river out of town for a while, then diverged for a bit beside a stately home which has been turned into offices.

Side view of the fancy glass part stuck to the back of it.
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Rifle range. Red light indicates shooting in progress.
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Path marker. The route was marked by shiny (but slightly hard to spot) metal arrows.
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Vineyard - or possibly an ex-vineyard.
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Before long we returned to the riverside.

Pipe bridge.
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Road bridge, lots of mud, and a plastic chair.
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Hollow tree (room to stand in).
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Somebody’s gate, with red van.
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Norbury Park

Our path then led under the railway and into Norbury Park, starting by climbing a rather steep hill.

Hillside, railway tunnel below.
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View from above tunnel entrance.
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At the top of the hill we sat on a bench to eat lunch. Bizarrely, a cycle race of some kind then passed by - a dozen or so riders coming up the hill past us, then back down again. Possibly some kind of project for local youths.

After that we passed by Druids Grove, which we’ve visited before. It has some very old trees.

Druids Grove sign.
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Sculpture nearby.
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The route took us through farmland into Westhumble.

Fences at corner of lane.
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Railway bridge.
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More impressive railway bridge over the Mole.
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Vegetation growing on the bridge.
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A dry arch.
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From Westhumble we walked through Denbies vineyard (which is quite large!) into Dorking.


We had a look inside Dorking church.

Nice wooden sheep.
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Looking down the church. (Drapes might be Christmas decoration?)
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St Cecilia.
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A ladybird on a pew.
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It was getting dark but we wandered around Dorking a bit, confirming the leaflet’s claim that it has an absolutely ridiculous number of antique shops.

Old fire station, now some kind of pet shop (and expensive flats).
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‘Welcome to Dorking’ mural on the side of the Old House pub.
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Subway near railway station.
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