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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).
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  • Was in the area so we decided to stop by here for a quick lunch. There's a reasonable seelction of food and drinks, bearing in mind this is a cafe not a restaurant. It was a cold day so I opted for th...  more »
  • Was a bit wet and muddy when we went, but plenty to see, and Views for Miles. Enjoyed the outlook and went for a short walk while here.  more »
  • Informal place to meet, perfect for a Sunday afternoon. Tends to get very busy with London visitors these days however. Basic National Trust cafe and cake shop and NT gift shop. Good look out across S...  more »
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  • One of my favorite places. We come here every year for the great views and a stroll up the hill and on the walking trail across it. Down at the base are the stepping stones, a fun crossing for most of the year. There is lots to do for kids around here and there is a cafe and ice cream vans in the summer time. Whether you come to relax or go for a hike, it is a really good place pretty much any time of year. I highly recommend getting a trail map and walking around for a couple of hours if you have the time, otherwise even a drive through is a great visual experience.
  • I have been travelling 50 miles to go to box hill every year. The view is so great there is no other place like this in london. I would recommend driving up to the top car parks as the view on the incline is amazing but you have be wary of the cyclists and oncoming traffics as the road is tiny. The picture you see in my profile is actually taken at box hill.
  • From a gentle stroll over the top of this famous hill, to a long walk down and up again, taking in the river and a pub along the way, Box Hill offers lots of different walks. The different routes allow you to take in some of Surrey's finest views and marvel at the hidden history of Box Hill. More on Instagram @rajsham78
  • My first walk in years at Box Hill. The stepping stones were completely covered due to high water which means there were some tough hills and steps to climb in some areas. It was very muddy too. I wouldn’t recommend wearing wellies, as I see so many people, adults and children, just slipping around in them and getting stuck. A good but cheap pair of walking shoes would get you through the mushy mud with far fewer problems. At the top of the hills the views are breathtaking and make the climb well worth it. If you go on a Sunday and park in the car park, please note that the car parks gates are locked at 5pm.
  • The views, the walk routes and awesome picnic spots make this place a must visit on a beautiful summer’s day.
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