For today’s wandering we go out in the country from London to Box Hill in Surrey. This is the view towards the town of Dorking from Salomons Point. (Please see the edit at the bottom of this post in relation to Jane Austen’s Emma and Box Hill.)
This is a popular area for cycling and was part of the Olympic cycling route in 2012.
Also a well traveled area for walking as the North Downs way passes through here.
We walked a short way along the path and while taking in the view we see someone was creative and thoughtful in making a Union Jack pattern in the field below.
In the same section we came across this headstone, which seemed to be positioned in an unusual place all by itself on the side of the hill. After reading what it said: Major Peter Labelliere, Aged 75, An eccentric resident of Dorking was buried here head downwards 11th July 1800, I became even more curious.
The National Trust web site gives the answer:
Major Peter Labilliere thought the world was topsy turvey and that it would turn upside down. So when that happened, he would be the right way up. A few miles away, a horse is buried upside down too. You might think it was Major Peter Labilliere’s horse but it’s actually just a big coincidence.
Now if you need to stop and have a cup of tea to think that one over, there is an indoor and outdoor cafe further up the hill. Part of the Box Hill area is operated by the National Trust.
Venturing a little further along the path we find another piece of history at the Box Hill Fort.
As we drove down the hill we saw a sign for Denbies Wine Estate. It was just starting to rain, so we decided against taking a wine tour. We had a quick look inside where the cafe was busy with lunch goers.
Of course I had to have a brief look around the fun gift shop. This caught my eye, what a great name for jam!
This little notepad brought a smile. Thought you might like it.
Edited to add: A reader asked if this is the same Box Hill from Jane Austen’s Emma. Thanks Judy for that question and it is the same Box Hill. Here is a blog post for much more info about it and a blog you will enjoy if you are a Jane Austen fan.