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- Section: 2 – Guildford to Dorking
- Nearest postcode: RH5 6AA
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- Where to start? Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Surrey, RH5 6AA
- What to expect: Rolling hills and valleys
Full Route: This sculpture is on section 2 of the North Downs Way from Guildford to Dorking 13 miles (21km) for more details, visit the North Downs Way website.
Other routes: Polesden Lacy – a 7 mile scenic walk around a popular area on the North Downs Way. Enjoy this beautiful hilly walk along the North Downs to the National Trust’s historic Polesden Lacey house and extensive grounds.
In a hurry?
It’s just 0.9 miles from Dorking Train Station.
Take your time…
Head into the charming market town of Dorking, surrounded by the beautiful Surrey Hills and wander around the historic streets, discovering the arts and crafts shops, boutiques and galleries or enjoy a riverside stroll along the River Mole on the Stepping Stones walk.
Make a day of it
- Eat & drink: Take a craft brewery tour at Surrey Hills Brewery, try Denbies Conservatory Restaurant, refuel at Chimney Fire Coffee and sample a glass or two at Litmus Wines.
- Explore: The mountain peak of Box Hill with 360-degree views of the area, head up to Broadwood’s Tower and visit Polesden Lacey the Edwardian Country House located in a vast estate.
- Travelling with Mini-Explorers? Create your own poem that describes your visit and how the sculpture made you feel.
The story behind the sculpture
Located at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking the project is a collaboration with Surrey Hills Arts. Made from locally sourced oak, the undulating curves of this sculptural seat reflect the shapes of the surrounding hills and valleys, as well as the radial symmetries of growth found in trees and other plant life.
Engraved with poems written by local poets and inscriptions from members of the public, which encourage a sense of community spirit and engagement. The curved form of the seating area orientates visitors towards the inspiring views that radiate out from the hillside making it the perfect place to drink in the views after a brisk walk up the hill.
About the artist
James Tunnard is an artist and designer working across a wide range of disciplines and materials. His work focuses on the process of creating – how ideas become the material form and then experiences. He is intrigued by the process of imaginative investigation, experimentation and collaboration.
Photo Credit : John Miller
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