Seven of the best villages near Redhill, Surrey
Redhill in Surrey is a large town in the heart of the London commuter belt that boasts a range of entertainment, shopping and commercial facilities and good transport links. From here, London is accessible by rail in 40 minutes and direct services to Gatwick Airport take just 12 minutes.
Lying in a valley of the North Downs, Redhill was formed as a small town on the Turnpike road in 1818. Today the town has its own aerodrome and heliport, a number of independent schools and access to Surrey's fine golf courses. Many of the villages near Redhill are popular with commuters and those looking to escape the hustle of town-centre living.
Tandridge is a small village that gives its name to the local District Council area. Its 700 inhabitants benefit from a peaceful and beautiful setting in the North Downs. The village boasts a range of houses, from the semi-detached and terraced cottages along Tandridge Lane to large and opulent mansions at the end of long private drives. Tandridge Village Hall and St Peter's Church provide a focus for village life, as does the Barley Mow, a traditional village public house with modern hotel accommodation.
Popular with commuters to Croydon and the capital, Merstham boasts its own mainline station, with trains taking 30-35 minutes to London. Now comprising four distinct neighbourhoods, Merstham grew as a quarrying area with the introduction of the world's first goods railway in 1803, a horse drawn service on the Surrey Iron Railway from Croydon. The village has a range of shops, a village hall and the church of All Saints. Old Merstham, to the north of the village, has a number of popular restaurants and small shops, while New Merstham is mainly residential, with schools, a community centre and a large recreation ground.
Earslwood forms a southern suburb of urban Redhill, a mile from the town centre. With its own mainline railway station, Earlswood is popular with commuters. The area is dominated by Royal Earlswood Park, a former hospital now converted to luxury apartments, and Earlswood Common.
Whitebushes is a modern residential area separated from Earlswood by the Common and the Greensand Way, an ancient route from Haslemere to Kent through the North Downs. Lying just south of the East Surrey Hospital, Whitebushes leads out to the open farmland and aerodrome to the east. The village hall in Mason's Bridge Road provides a home for many local groups and organisations.
Bletchingley is a pretty village on the A25, four miles east of Redhill and six miles from the M25. The village is well known for its antique shops and wide choice of pubs and restaurants, and boasts a wealth of local clubs and a new skate park at Grange Meadow. Bletchingley's delightful main street is lined with traditional half-tiled terraces and has a post office, newsagents, convenience stores and hairdressers . The village is a popular stopping off point for visitors to Bletchingley Golf Club and the nearby Greensands Way and North Downs walking routes.
Nutfield is a small but lively village three miles east of Redhill on the A25. This rural village, and its neighbour South Nutfield, benefit from regular mainline rail services to London. The village boasts a primary school, church and community hall, two recreation grounds and a village shop.
Salfords is located three miles south of Redhill on the A23. The village lies on Salfords Stream and Burstow Stream, tributaries to the River Mole. The village has a population of around 3,500, and features a thriving cricket club and village primary school, while the busy village hall is home to a range of activities from ballet to badminton. Village shops include a post office, takeaways, convenience stores and newsagents.