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Dorking makes list of best towns in Britain

By Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser  |  Posted: March 20, 2013

DORKING is one of the best towns to live in the country, according to The Times.

DORKING is one of the best towns to live in the country, according to The Times.

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DORKING is one of the best towns to live in the country, according to a national newspaper.

Although it’s nothing we didn’t already know, or appreciate, it’s now been confirmed by The Times’ 30 Best Villages in Britain list which was published today.

The list relied on expert views and the latest price data as well as looking at schools, transport and everything that forges a good neighbourhood.

Dorking came in 16th out of the 30 listed with the town being 40 minutes from both London and the coast being one of the strong reasons for its entry.

The Times also said the schools are popular and that Dorking is "no dull commuter town" as it has a good programme of cultural events, a cinema, good shops and the "lovely" Box Hill on the doorstep.

The Times is expected to publish lists in three more categories over the next three days.

Here is what The Times had to say about Dorking:

Why is it so great? It is 40 minutes from both London and the coast. Schools are popular and this is no dull commuter town: there's a good programme of cultural events, a cinema, good shops and the lovely Box Hill on the doorstep.

Who lives here? Commuters with families rub shoulders with downsizers from the rest of Surrey.

House prices: The town has lots of Victorian homes. Emma Neill of Haart recommends Rothes Road and Wathen Road (birthplace of Laurence Olivier), where homes cost about £450,000. The town's average price is £361,600.

Here is the top 30 towns list:

1 Arundel, West Sussex

2 Bakewell, Derbyshire

3 Cranbrook, Kent

4 Keswick, Cumbria

5 Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

6 Alnwick, Northumberland

7 Saffron Walden, Essex

8 Hay-on-Wye, Powys

9 Hitchin, Hertfordshire

10 Marlborough, Wiltshire

11 Clitheroe, Lancashire

12 Liskeard, Cornwall

13 Grantham, Lincolnshire

14 Tetbury, Gloucestershire

15 Melbourne, Derbyshire

16 Dorking, Surrey

17 Amersham, Buckinghamshire

18 Uppingham, Rutland

19 Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

20 Bungay, Suffolk

21 Lewes, East Sussex

22 Downham Market, Norfolk

23 Kingsbridge, Devon

24 Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

25 Bridport, Dorset

26 Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire

27 Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

28 Altrincham, Greater Manchester

29 Axbridge, Somerset

30 Thirsk, North Yorkshire

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