About Epsom Downs
Epsom Downs is an area of chalk upland covering some 600 acres near Epsom, Surrey, in the North Downs, which offers natural beauty and breathtaking views over rolling countryside in one direction and the London skyline in the other. Part of the area is taken up by the world-famous racecourse; home to two of the great British Classics – the Derby and the Oaks – while The Gallops, which back the very friendly village of Langley Vale on the edge of the Downs, are used to train racehorses. Epsom Downs houses the third largest racehorse training centre in the country, with 11 trainers using the facility.
There is a wide selection of properties in the area to suit most budgets and buyers tend to get more for their money up on the Downs than they do closer to Epsom town centre and the letting agents in Epsom Downs make selecting a property easy.
Epsom Downs Leisure Activities
Residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to leisure pursuits. The Downs are regularly used by picnickers, ramblers, joggers and cyclists enjoying the unspoilt heath and woodlands, kite-flyers, members of the Epsom Downs Model Aircraft Club whose members meet in their droves at weekends to fly their model planes, golfers tackling the public golf course and amateur horse-riders who have over 20 km of routes to explore. The Grandstand offers entertainment over a regular series of Summer Race Meetings that are well attended by locals, who have been able to enjoy concerts staged by the likes of Will Young, Razorlight, Frankie Valli and even the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra with Last Night of the Proms.
There are two well-used pubs and Tattenham Corner (a name with which racing fans will be familiar) has a good selection of local shops and some restaurants as well as a library, although Epsom town centre, with its more extensive shopping, dining and entertainment facilities, is less than three miles away, on a route regularly served by buses.
Epsom Downs Transport Links
The area is served by Epsom Downs and Tattenham Corner railway stations – both of which cut costs for commuters into Croydon, London Bridge and Victoria by being in Zone 6 – and, as they are at the start of the line, ensure a far comfier morning commute as there are plenty of seats! We understand that they offer a route into Canary Wharf in a journey time of around 40 minutes. Road links are excellent with easy routes to two junctions of the M25 which offers easy access to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports, the South Coast and the wider UK motorway network.
There is a diverse selection of excellent private and state schools in the area for children of all ages, including Epsom College which is around a mile away.
History of Epsom Downs
Epsom Downs is steeped in history. Charles II is said to have been a regular race-goer – a tradition followed by Royalty ever since, with our current Royal Family being ‘part of the fixture’ on Derby Day. Henry Dorling, stepfather to cookery writer Mrs Beeton, was appointed Clerk of the Course in 1840 and in 1913 the suffragette Emily Davison threw herself in front of King George V’s horse Anmer, causing him to fall and leading to fatal injury for Emily who died four days later in Epsom Cottage Hospital.