This Surrey village is a green a pleasant place which was favoured by deers, or hinds, and hence how it got its name. The Hindhead Commons and nearby Devil's Punchbowl have established Hindhead amongst nature lovers as a tranquil place and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Punchbowl's abundance of wildlife has also made it an area of scientific interest. Some famous names have resided here, such as the playwright George Bernard Shaw, writer of Pygmalion and the Doctor's Dilemma, who lived at Blen Cathra. Today a school can be found in its place.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, writer of London's intrepid pipe smoking detective, Sherlock Holmes, lived at 'Undershaw' from 1897 to 1907. It was in this house where he wrote the classics, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Return of Sherlock Holmes, as well as where he entertained literary giants, Virginia Woolf and J.M Barrie.