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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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  • Stunning scenery and well marked routes that are honest about their duration and effort required to complete. Goes with out saying it's a hill so walks are difficult especially if muddy. Car park was ...  more »
  • Lots for kids to do in terms of climbing on stuff. Might be a bit trickier for toddlers and those under 5 but our kids loved it. The walk itself was longer than anticipated which was fine but did make...  more »
  • Fantastic place to visit with lovely walks and views across the downs. Car park and facilities are National Trust so obviously helps if you are a member as free parking.  more »
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  • This walk is not for the faint hearted, but if you are up for a challenge, it sure is a treat! The views are spectacular from box hill. It is well maintained being a national trust location with a scrumptious cafe at the top of the hill. If you are not a national trust member, car parking is available. On our last visit we spent around £3 for two hours. Well worth it! The walk is extremely hilly, as the name implies! But leads to a lovely stream and fun stepping stones and a footbridge that all can enjoy. Check out our pictures to get an idea. The walk has the right amount of varied challenges which can make the walk fun for all, especially kids! Truly recommend as it is one of those natural beauty places you don't want to miss!
  • Wonderful area for walking and wildlife watching. Beautiful views. Cafe and public toilets. Very popular with cyclists. Variety of trails. Some paths are very steep, muddy and have lots of steps. Others are more suitable for families and the less fit. Very popular place for picnics as well.
  • Lovely place for a day out. NT have a selection of walks from 3 miles strolls to a more strenuous day - long hike. Oustanding views from solomons memorial
  • Nice peaceful place away from the hustle & bustle of city life👍🏽👍🏽
  • Definitely recommend the juniper top trail. A walk with a few hills but mostly straight paths. Really great Views. To get there, go left from the viewpoint and follow the signs.

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