Surrey Life - - Photography Competition - By Luke Wel­vaert

A ride on a hot air bal­loon is a great way to en­joy the Sur­rey coun­try­side on a misty morn­ing and this photo man­ages to ex­pertly sum up that feel­ing of awe as the bas­ket lifts off into the sky.

Hasle­mere is the most southerly town in Sur­rey, bor­der­ing Hamp­shire and West Sus­sex and the South Downs Na­tional Park.

Its name is de­rived from Hasle re­fer­ring to the plen­ti­ful hazel trees grow­ing in the area, and mere mean­ing lake. The lake does not ex­ist to­day, but there is a nat­u­ral spring in West Street, which could have pro­vided its source.

Hind­head means “hill fre­quented by hinds” (fe­male deer). It is the high­est vil­lage in Sur­rey, with build­ings at 253 me­tres above sea level.

Nearby Gib­bet Hill was the site of state ex­e­cu­tions from at least me­dieval times un­til the late 18th cen­tury. Many of those hanged were high­way­men, be­cause the roads around this area, were no­to­ri­ously dan­ger­ous for trav­ellers.

Much of the heath­land and wood­land around Hind­head is owned and man­aged by the Na­tional Trust and is a site of spe­cial sci­en­tific in­ter­est.

Artist, Sir Wal­ter Bai­ley, who also cre­ated the

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