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Box Hill, Dorking

(4.6/5 based on 420 reviews on the web)
Box Hill is a summit of the North Downs in Surrey, approximately 30km south west of London. The hill takes its name from the ancient box woodland found on the steepest west-facing chalk slopes overlooking the River Mole. The western part of the hill is owned and managed by the National Trust, whilst the village of Box Hill lies on higher ground to the east. The highest point is Betchworth Clumps at 224m above OD, although the Salomons Memorial (at 172 metres) overlooking the town of Dorking is the most popular viewpoint.Box Hill lies within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and forms part of the Mole Gap to Reigate Escarpment Site of Special Scientific Interest. The north- and south-facing slopes support an area of chalk downland, noted for its orchids and other rare plant species. The hill provides a habitat for 40 species of butterfly, and has given its name to a species of squash bug, now found throughout south east England.An estimated 850,000 people visit Box Hill each year. The National Trust visitors' centre provides both a cafeteria and gift shop and the panoramic views of the western Weald may be enjoyed from the North Downs Way, a long distance footpath that runs along the southern escarpment. Box Hill featured prominently on the route of the 2012 Summer Olympics cycling road race events (the men doing nine circuits and the women doing two circuits), and the area has since become popular with professional and amateur cyclists.
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  • I paid £4 for 4 hours of parking. Me, my husband, 2 kids and 2 other families all met up today and went for a 2 hour walk around the trail. There is a map and you can choose to take a short, medium or...  more »
  • This is a lovely location although it can be very popular in the summer. Some fairly steep and strenuous walks on chalk, so not good in wet conditions. On a quiet day, lovely place to explore and enjo...  more »
  • I walked up from Burford Bridge and made it up to the top, with difficulty, the tracks are very muddy this time of the year so wellies or walking boots are a must! I walked back down to the stepping s...  more »
  • Nice part of Surrey. It's up a hill, as the name suggests, and there are good views. Very popular with cyclists, it's an enjoyable and challenging - yet easily doable - ascent.
  • Such a lovely outdoor space! Love the view and walking across the stepping stones. Lovely little spot for a coffee and a wander in nature
  • Great views, excellent natural play trail for children and some adults ;), cafe, picnic area etc. Very popular stop for road cyclists. This place lost a star on parking, while plentiful spaces I would like to see other options other than full day parking @ £4.
  • Box Hill is great if you like walking! I wouldn't really class myself as fit anymore, don't do half as much exercise as I used to, but the scenery and good company eggs you on. Some challenging parts of the walk (but nothing too ridiculous) and there are stop-off points worth stopping at. Great for couples, singletons or families.
  • Stunning views overlooking the Hills of Surrey and Sussex. Highly recommended!