Newlands Corner

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Coordinates: 51°13′58″N 0°30′28″W / 51.23278°N 0.50778°W / 51.23278; -0.50778

Newlands Corner

Newlands Corner is a popular picnic site and beauty spot on a ridge of the Albury Downs, part of the North Downs, at a height of 567 feet (173 m), on the A25 about 4.5 km (3 mi) east of Guildford in Surrey. Together with the Silent Pool (2 km (1.2 mi) to the east) it forms part of the privately owned Albury Estate SSSI managed by the Surrey Wildlife Trust.[1] There are areas of chalk grassland and woodlands. It has some of the best views of the Surrey Hills, and lies on the North Downs Way.

Newlands Corner was a key location in the crime writer Agatha Christie's disappearance in December 1926. Her car was found in a bush overhanging a chalk pit at Newlands Corner, at the bottom of the south side of the hill. She was found some days later having checked in under an alias at a hotel in Harrogate. As a result, Newlands Corner is the setting of the climax of the final scene of the Doctor Who episode "The Unicorn and the Wasp".

Drove Road at Newlands Corner is also a fairly good site for amateur astronomy, and is one of the closest 'dark sky' sites to the centre of London. With a downhill slope facing south, the viewer faces many constellations such as Orion and Gemini in winter. Once or twice a year the Guildford Astronomical Society and other local societies hold public events at Newlands Corner with about 25 telescopes and 150 members of the public in attendance .

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  1. ^ "Newlands Corner & Silent Pool". Our Reserves. Surrey Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 

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