I went to Surrey town hugging M25 and M23 named among best place to live with amazing views

Located seconds from the M25 is a desirable town called Reigate. Recently named in the Muddy Stilettos guide as one of the best places to live in Surrey, the lovely neighbourhood is a popular commuter town given its excellent links to the capital.

The M23 is just 10 minutes drive away, Reigate train station is in the heart of the town, and motorists can reach the A3 within half an hour. Also, Gatwick Airport is five miles from the border.

According to Muddy Stiletto’s, Reigate is “a thriving and affluent market town with a high street chock full of independent shops and restaurants, and still an easy commute to the capital.” I visited the east Surrey neighbourhood just outside London, and was surprised at just how good the views were given how close it was to the motorways. My first stop was Reigate Hill.

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The National Trust site is where the North Downs and Surrey Hills meet, making it a wonderful place for ramblers. The chalk downland is abundant with grasslands and woodland, and even on a grey winter’s day when I visited, the views were remarkable.

As soon as I entered, I reached Wray Lane car park. I noticed a lot of people sitting in their warm cars enjoying their lunch while soaking up the countryside vista. There was a café kiosk serving a good range of food and drink.

There is a café kiosk at Reigate Hill in Wray Lane car park(Image: Laura Nightingale )

From bacon and sausage sandwiches and hot pressed ciabattas, to toasties and wraps, the prices were very reasonable too with toasties costing just £2.95 and a bacon sarnie £3.70. There were lots of vegan options including a pancake wrap, vegan cheese, tomato and avocado ciabatta and a Cornish roll, plus gluten free bread available.

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