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Betchworth Quarry

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Betchworth Quarry
Pebblehill Road, Betchworth, Surrey

Betchworth Quarry was used for chalk working and later clay. It came into disuse in the late 1960s and has since been earmarked for a nature reserve. As such a major part of the quarry has been used as landfill, which was completed at the end of 2005 - which means that much of the distinctive "quarry" features have now been buried!

The area can be accessed by the North Downs Way, a path that runs across the hills of Surrey.

How to get here:

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Rail: Betchworth - Exit the station and turn left, walking up Station Road. Turn left into The Coombe and then follow it around as it bears left and at the end it becomes the North Downs Way. Walk along here a little way to find the quarry. +

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Road: M25 - Exit junction 8 and head south along the A217 towards Reigate. Turn left onto the A25 towards Dorking, and then continue along the road until you reach a roundabout at Betchworth; take the northern exit towards the station (B2032), and then continue past until you reach The Coombe on the left. Parking: limited. +

 

Access: unknownStatus: demolishedLarge Cliff

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«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 1st February 2009 by Chuck Foster

"With the quarry now filled in, only the higher cliffs can still be seen in the area. The rest of the quarry is under our feet!"

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Genesis of the Daleks (1)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 6-9 Jan 1975
The Doctor and Harry make their way across the minefield

The Deadly Assassin (3)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 26-28 Jul 1976
The Doctor tries to see where the rifle shot came from.

 

Additional Notes:

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The quarry has now been land-filled, so very little remains of the 'surface' from either story!

Where to walk to next?

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Brockham Lime Works (The Deadly Assassin). Head west on the North Downs Way, and then turn left down a footpath. Follow this alongside the field and it will come out by the old limeworks.

Other nearby locations:

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Buckland Sand and Silica Co Ltd (The Seeds of Doom). Road: Turn right out the The Coombe, heading south along Station Road and past the station itself. When you reach the roundabout, turn left and head along the A25 towards Reigate. The quarry entrance is on the right-hand side, opposite Lawrence Lane. Parking you can park on the roadside on Lawrence Lane, near a public footpath

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Royal Alexander and Albert School (The Deadly Assassin): 4.44 miles.

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Beachfields Quarry (Frontier in Space, The Invasion of Time, Planet of the Daleks): 5.46 miles.

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Gatwick Airport (The Faceless Ones): 7.78 miles.

In the News:

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16 Oct 2008: This is Surrey - "Doctor Who expert seeks film locations in Mole Valley" (item on Nick Griffiths looking round Surrey)

Further links about the location:

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North Downs Walk - A countryside walk which passes the quarry.

Also seen in:

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Blake's 7: Time Squad: The surface of Saurian Major.

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Blake's 7: Deliverance: The surface of Csphlon.

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Blake's 7: Hostage: The surface of Exbar.

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Blake's 7: Moloch: The surface of Sardos.

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Blake's 7: Power: The surface of Xenon.

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Blake's 7: Warlord: The surface of Betafarl.

Related Stories

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The Deadly Assassin [26-28 Jul 1976]: The Matrix barren landscape

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Genesis of the Daleks [6-9 Jan 1975]: The surface of Skaro

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