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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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  • August 19, 2017
    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 »
  • August 18, 2017
    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 »
  • August 18, 2017
    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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