For the last two years I was very busy discovering and recording the hidden beauty of the Surrey Hills, a nationally important Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering a quarter of the Surrey County. Today, at long last my latest book is out and available in all good book shops. Surrey Hills boundary stretches from Farnham in the west to Oxted in the east and extends to the south, all the way to Haslemere. The very diverse landscape of Surrey Hills is cover by wooded area, heathland, chalk grass, farmlands, ponds, rivers and parklands. What I love most about the place, apart the open views, are tiny hamlets and villages with Norman and Medieval churches, extensive village greens, characteristic old inns and pubs and blacksmiths. In some of the villages there are hammer or mill ponds, the sign of the industrial past of the area. Many houses in the area are in a “Surrey style” introduced here by the Arts and Crafts movement – built from local materials, bricks and clay tiles, sandstone, flint and timber. Tricky to photograph but so very picturesque are the winding country lanes with high banks enclosed by ancient beech and oaks. The old signs and milestones reinforce the rural character of the bygone era. Surrey Hills are not as spectacular as Scottish Highlands or the Lake District; the area doesn’t have the opulent architecture of Oxford or Bath, there are no rocky cliffs, no spectacular valleys nor amazing fast flowing waterfalls but its beauty is quintessentially English, quieter and elegant. Most important, so close to my heart.