60 Route 7. FAREHAM.
(fares 3s. and 2s. Gd.). Scenery attractive. — After quitting the island of
Portsea, the train skirts the base of Portsdown Hill. — 7 M. Porchester
is the earliest seaport on this inlet ('portus castra'). The "Castle, founded
by the Romans, affords an extensive view. The Keep is of Norman origin.
The outer court is still surrounded by the ancient Roman walls. The
church situated within the castle-walls was founded in 1133; some remains
of the original Norman edifice are still in situ. — To the right, on the
top of the hill, stands Nelson's Monument, erected by his comrades at the
Battle of Trafalgar, a useful landmark for shipping.
9 M. Fareham (Red Lion, R. 3s. Gd., D. 3s.), a busy little town, is the
junction for Gosport (p. 59) and Stokes Bay (p. 82). Boarhunt, 3 M. to
the N.E. of Fareham, has a partly pre-Norman church. 14 M. Swanwick
is the station for Titchfield, which possesses a handsome E. E. church and
the remains of Titchfield House, erected in the 16th cent, for the Earl of
Southampton. 16 M. Bursledon; 18 M. Nelley, for Netley Abbey (p. 84). —
21'/2 M. Bitlerne is the Clausentum of the Romans, where some Roman
remains still exist in the grounds of Bitterne Manor. — At (23 M.) St. Denys
we join the main line (p. 82). — 243/4 M. Southampton, see p. 82.
From Gosportor StokesBay to Eastleigh (Southampton; London), seep.81.
8. From London to Dorking (Guildford) and Ford.
60 SI. London, Brighton, and Sooth Coast Railway from Victoria or
London Bridge in 2-2'/2 hrs. (fares 9s. Gd., 6s. 3d., 4s. 10d.); to Dorking,
23'/2 M., in 1 hr. 7 min. to l'/4 hr. (fares 4s., 2s. Gd., 2s.).
Those who wish to visit both Dorking and Guildford by rail should
book by the Sooth Eastern and Chatham Railway from Charing Cross,
Cannon St., or London Bridge (to Dorking, l'/4-l'/2 hr., fares as above; to
Guildford, 43 M. in 2-2l/4 hrs., 5s., 3s. 2d., 2s. 6d.). From (5 M.) New Cross
(p. 12) to (221/4 M.) Redhill Junction this line practically coincides with
the L. B. & S. C. Railway to Brighton (R. 6); from Redhill to Dorking and
Guildford, see p. 46.
The most direct route to Guildford is by the London & Southwestern
Railway, described in R. 9 (31 M., in s/i-l1^ hr.; fares as above).
The lines from Victoria and London Bridge unite near Streatham.
8 72 M. (from Victoria) Mitcham Junction. At Mitcham large quantities
of lavender and other aromatic herbs for perfumes are grown. 12 M.
Sutton. — 16M. Epsom (Spread Eagle; King's Head, R. or D. 2s. 6d.),
near which are Epsom Downs (branch-line from Sutton), where the
great races, the 'Derby' and the 'Oaks', take place annually in May
or June. The church of St. Martin contains several monuments by
Flaxman and one by Chantrey. —20 M. Leatherhead (Swan, R. 4s.;
Bull, R. 2s. 6d., D. 3s.) is pleasantly situated on the right bank of
the Mole. Leatherhead is also a station on the S.W. Railway (p. 64)
and it may be reached by coach from London (p. 3). On foot to Dork¬
ing, see below. — 2272 M. Boxhill fy Burford Bridge (comp. p. 47)
must not be confounded with the Boxhill station of the S. E. &. C. R.
237o M. Dorking. — Railway Stations. The L. B. A S. C. Station
is '/2 M. to the N.E. of the town, the 8. E. <Z C. R. Station 1/2 M. to the N.W.,
about a mile apart. — The Boxhill station of the S. E. & C. R. is near
the former, while Boxhill <£• Burford Bridge (see above) lies a mile to the N.
Hotels. White Horse, R. 4-5s.; Red Lion, High St., R. from 3s. 6d.;
Star & Garter, near the L. B. & S. C. station; Burford Bridge Hotel, 1 M.
to the N., see p. 47, better than the Dorking inns for any stay.
Dorking, an old-fashioned little town with 7670 inhab., is
delightfully situated in a valley at the foot of the North Downs,