In 1774 William Lock purchased Norbury Park, a large neglected estate in the Mole Gap, and proceeded to create a parkland landscape and to build an impressive country seat exploiting breathtaking views from the top of the North Downs. Today the house is in private ownership, but Surrey County Council own the majority of the estate. This is a wonderful area for walking and there is a family cycle route.
The site is renowned for its diversity of habitats, including downland, woodland and farmland, and is accessible to visitors via its comprehensive network of footpaths and bridleways. The "Druids Grove" of yew trees is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
Norbury Park provided the inspiration for Fanny Burney's novel 'Camilla'. Camilla Cottage at Westhumble was later destroyed by fire, but is commemorated on a plaque close to Box Hill Station.
Norbury Park is situated between Dorking and Leatherhead, to the South of the A246 and to the West of the A24.The site is close to Boxhill and Westhumble Station for people who wish to visit the area by train and is also within easy walking distance of Dorking town centre.