At the heart of the Mole Valley, the historic market town of Leatherhead marks the gateway to the sprawling Surrey Hills. Leatherhead's rich cultural history, stretching back as far as the days of the Tudors, is still evident today in the period architecture of the old town - but alongside that is a vibrant town centre with plenty of shops and restaurants. It's all just a short walk from the beautiful banks of the River Mole.
The first port of call for any traveller to Leatherhead is the Swan Shopping Centre, just 10 minutes from Leatherhead station. It is not only brimming with a host of high-street names but also sits at the centre of the town's eclectic restaurant scene, between Elm Road and Bridge Street. To escape the hustle and bustle of the town centre, take a brief stroll along Bridge Street to the banks of the River Mole, home to a handful of pubs - the perfect spot to relax with a beer and watch the world go by.
If you're looking to indulge in a spot of culture, then look no further than Church Street, home to the Leatherhead Theatre. Its history stretches back to the 50s, and the current building is a fine example of post-War theatre architecture - with two performance spaces and a cinema screen, it has been providing the town with an exciting programme of music, dance and drama for decades.
For those travelling with children, Bocketts Farm is the ideal place to keep little ones entertained. The working farm is a five-minute cab ride from the station and is home to a menagerie of animals, several large play areas and a network of nature trails, plus a farm shop. Thankfully, there's also a cafe for the adults to rest their weary legs in...