TQ1651 : Denbies Drive towards Denbies

taken 5 years ago, near to Westhumble, Surrey, Great Britain

Denbies Drive towards Denbies
Denbies Drive towards Denbies
The Denbies east carriage drive just above Denbies Lodge, on the ascent towards Ranmore, opposite the junction with the TQ1651 : Footpath to Adlers Lane. This section of the carriage drive is designated the North Downs Way.
Denbies carriage drives :: TQ1450
Denbies has three carriage drives, which were laid out in the early 1800s by William Denison MP to: provide private ways for access to the main house from the principal roads in the district; to lessen the gradient of the ascent to the house perched on the top of the downs by adopting a shallow, circuitous direction; and to impress visitors both by the views on the ascent and the dramatic revelation of the house nearing the conclusion of the journey.
Of the three carriage drives, one (South Drive) begins at South Lodge on Ranmore Road, just outside Dorking; one (East Drive) at Denbies Lodge on the Dorking to Leatherhead road, and one (West Drive) at Hole Hill just north of Westcott. The last two merge on the scarp slope below Steers Field on Ranmore Common, to continue beneath Ranmore Road via a private bridge (TQ1450 : Secret Tunnel) and upwards towards the house (part of the final section has been lost to farm buildings).
None of the carriage drives is now in use for access to the house, but the East Drive is almost entirely a public footpath, while the majority of the West and South Drives is owned by the National Trust and available to walkers, riders and cyclists. However, the short section past South Lodge is private (although there is a footpath which bypasses it, inaccessible on horseback), while the final climb beyond the tunnel under Ranmore Road is private and gated.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 5 May, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 6 May, 2012
Geographical Context
Roads, Road transport 
Long Distance Path (from Tags)
North Downs Way 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1658 5140 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:14.9919N 0:19.8594W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1668 5138
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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