The beauty of Box Hill has inspired many greats artists, writers, and musicians for hundreds of years. Jane Austen based the picnic scene from Emma here, George Lambert's famous painting of Box Hill in 1733 (now in The Tate Gallery) and it's even had several songs written about it, the most recent being "On Box Hill" by Everything but the girl. It's also inspired the poet Keats and the writer G.K. Chesterton. Come and discover the magic of Box Hill for yourself.
A diverse hike through a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty taking in woodland, rolling downs, Norbury Park, the River Mole and of course Box Hill itself where there are some stunning views to be had from Salomons Memorial right across the Weald to Devils Dyke by the South Coast.
- See the famous Box Hill viewpoint with far-reaching views over Sussex
- Breathtaking hiking through the woods and hills of the North Downs
- See the twisting hills roads of the Olympics 2012 cycle race where the cyclists did 9 laps of this spectacular section
Box Hill is located on the North Downs and lies within the Surrey Hills area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is also part of the Mole Gap to Reigate Escarpment Site of Special Scientific Interest. As well as its natural beauty, Box Hill also plays host to a more recent fort built in the 1890s to help defend England from a possible French invasion and a semi derelict folly from 1815.
We shall be passing by the route for the 2012 Olympics cycling race - at the steepest point, considered to be the best for viewing due to the reduced speed of the riders.
We'll stop during the hike for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the hike where we can get refreshments.
- Distance, Difficulty and Terrain
- Distance: 15 km (9.3 miles)
- Grading: Intermediate
- Rating: 6 out of 10
- Ascent: 696.8m
- Hiking time: About 3.5 to 4 hours of actual hiking
Transport & Meeting Point
We'll meet at London Victoria station at 09:00am.
Planned arrival time back into London of 19:00pm (we have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then).
- Members: £16
- No members: £23
What to Bring
- Suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear (ideally hiking boots) Waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are recommended
- Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres)
- Packed lunch/picnic
- Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike
- That's it! We will take care of train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so that you can just turn up and have a great day
Safety and Terms and Conditions
Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable but we have a process to release your space for resale to another member.
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