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Box Hill, Dorking

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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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  • Park at the bottom outside Rykas and take one of many paths up... it is steep long and not really suitable for push chairs, although I have seen some brave souls try! The views are stunning all the wa...  read more »
  • Great for a pit stop either after climbing the hair pins or trekking cross country. Also visited when it snowed last and it was great to see so many families out. Lots of woodland to explore. National...  read more »
  • A beatiful place for walks is Surrey offing breath taking views, some of the listed walks are not for the faint hearted 
  • Ran the midsummer munro here. Hardest half in britain. Amazing location with varied Steep terrain.
  • I tend to cycle to Box Hill with friends, there are a lot of cycle groups at the top and motorcycles down the bottom of the hill. I pop into the national trust cafe at the top of the zig zag road for a slice of cake and a latte. They do a card reward scheme which is worth asking for. The cakes are all hand made and taste great, the staff are very friendly. There is a view point at the top of the hill by the cafe. There is lots of space to walk and explore. Great view for miles from the top. vinnychoff On weekends there are lots of cyclists, ramblers, dog walkers, families. There are a few car parks which display pay for parking. At the bottom of the hill there is another cafe which is used by motor cyclists and car owners, sometimes interesting classic cars and bikes or custom vehicles are seen there on most days. I think that there is a lovely vibe to Box Hill either at the top or the bottom or walking around the area. As it is national trust land it is there to be used by all of us. To take in the fresh air, some times cold but a great place to be in the out doors. If you have never been to Box Hill try it ou
  • It's a nice view up there and a good hill to chuck into a cycle route. I believe the American food restaurant up there is supposed to be excellent too. Surrounding area also very nice - great to hike around and, like I said, cycle for miles and miles... Recommended
  • All the cyclists here are miserable. Come here to be seen, and be deadly serious about your strava times (after the visit, because no one acknowledges, or talks to anyone). Don't come here for the camaraderie. Based on 2 visists
  • A family favourite for hikes and days out. Bring your camera there are stunning views and a large variety of hikes from intense and long, longest is 8 miles, to short and fun (there is also a kids adventure walk). The coffee shop is lovely with plenty for kids to do and very nice coffee and pastry. Free parking for national trust members and plenty of other parking. GPS Navigate to zigzag Road (the one with the strange markings on it) and parking is at the top.
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