The beautiful little town where locals live longer than almost anywhere else in UK | UK | News

A beautiful little town in Surrey has locals living longer than almost anywhere else in the UK. District Mole Valley is in the top 10 for life expectancy which is 86.3 years on average in 2020.

And sitting in the district is the pretty market town of Dorking. It boasts small town charm, natural beauty and accessibility to London. The gorgeous town is surrounded by the rolling Surrey Hills. 

According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), life expectancy for females increased the most in Mole Valley, by 83 weeks (1.6 years). It was 84.7 between 2013 and 2015 and increased to 86.3 in 20.16 to 2018. 

England and Northern Ireland were the only UK constituent countries to show any significant improvements in life expectancy at birth between 2013 to 2015 and 2016 to 2018. The town’s historical street, countryside feels and the positive atmosphere could be a possible reason for a longer life.

Although Dorking does have a nice array of shops, including various antique shops, the town is perhaps best-known for the beautiful countryside right on its doorstep, which is no doubt a huge selling point for the area.

According to RightMove, properties in Dorking had an overall average price of £564,226 over the last year. The majority of sales in Dorking during the last year were flats, selling for an average price of £267,817. 

Terraced properties sold for an average of £464,089, with detached properties fetching £960,000. Overall, sold prices in Dorking over the last year were 11 percent up on the previous year and 9 percent up on the 2020 peak of £517,555.

The main attraction point of the area is Box Hill which is one of the most gorgeous spots of the entire Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty. 

With far-reaching views, multiple walking routes, a car park, and a café/gift shop, Box Hill offers everything you could want for a day out in nature, the Sussex equivalent to the South Downs Devil’s Dyke spot.

Box Hill, which forms part of The North Downs, isn’t just a nice walking route but is so much more. Offering some of the “finest” views of Surrey, the hill is brimming with various wildlife species, with butterflies being especially common at the hill’s peak in the warmer months.

There is a Michelin-star hotel in the area, Sorrel, which can be explored during the visit. Apart from this, the town is quite famous for the number of bars. 

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