Box Hill

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Kam-Haider
London, UK292 contributions
Aug 2021
Decided to do the Box Hill hike with my family. The hike trail can be found on the national trust website.

Plenty of parking in Box Hill, although not free. If you are planning on the advertised 8 mile hike then you will need all day parking. I believe it was around £6. There is no machine as such so you will either need to install an app or pay online. Tried phoning the advertised phone number but its virtually impossible to get through all the menu options and you end up being cut off.

The hike is definately a challenge, not for the faint hearted or for those with health or mobility issues. Lots of steep inclines and desecents, I think walking poles useful in slippery conditions it was pretty muddy and narrow in places.

Views in certain places spectacular. Its a great experience. I would say it was much longer than 8 miles and it took over 5 hours.

The hike is reasonably sign posted. I would recommend googling the box hill hike and there are good directions on the national trust website. Without these I think there is a chance we would have gotten lost. There are a couple of places where the sign posts are absent / obscured and we did get lost twice and had to turn back. We are lucky that we bumped into some very kind folk who had done the hike before who gave us valuable directions.

Its not a busy location - the weather was mostly overcast so we only came across a handful of people.

There is a cafe in the car park for welcome refreshments.

I would recommend the hike but as mentioned it is a challenge, tiring for those who aren't fit or who have mobility issues.

Hiking boots a must. Come prepared bring fluids and plenty of snacks and food.
Written August 4, 2021
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Laura v
3 contributions
Nov 2020 • Family
Our kids (5 + 20 months) had a great time on the Children’s Natural Trail at Box Hill. All of the play areas are made from felled logs from the forrest with lots of dens made of branches, logs to balance along, 3 ropes swings and more.

The route is 2 miles long and took us 2hrs 20mins with a 20 month old walking most of the way (so slow pace).

The path is flat all the way, but at this time of year (November) it is very muddy in places so wellies are a must and all-in-one waterproofs a good idea for minimum stress and maximum fun! We took our pram and it got round but was caked with mud at the end!

Well worth a visit.

Note: there are no charges for entry for any of the walks at Box hill and the car park cost £3 for 2 hours. You pay for the car park via Paybyphone but the reception in the car park isn’t great, so if you have time download the Paybyphone App in advance.
Written November 21, 2020
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
Aug 2020
A very popular location for walkers and cyclists, the extensive car park can fill up, but it is a great place to visit for the views at the top and for the walking, though be prepared for a long climb back up from your walk down to the river and the stepping stones.

The steeping stones are a little too popular with families and children, which at the moment has constraints, so we gave up trying to cross them - my only negative comment on our visit, which is more to do with the parents than anything else.

I love the sculptural effects of the roots and branches of the trees - very naturally artistic!

The National Trust café sells drinks and snacks, but nothing substantial, so we went off somewhere else for lunch, which seems rather a missed opportunity,
Written August 31, 2020
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MichaelW7
Birmingham, UK52 contributions
Apr 2021
I recommend this location. Park in one of the free car parks and just explore. I walked 9.6 miles with five friends and later slept for 9 hours! Thanks go to our unique guide, John, who found some really steep paths for us. We climbed 500 metres and John's routes were amazing, the best bits being his carefully-planned 360 degree turns. Just when we were starting to feel weary, our car park reappeared, as if by magic!
Written April 29, 2021
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Vantangran
London, UK840 contributions
Jan 2020
Unless you are an experienced walker, I'd suggest driving to the car park at the top and parking then walking to some of the beautiful viewpoints over the Surrey Hills. It's very steep so way too much for me but going from the top, along a bit and down a bit is great for someone as unfit as me! The cafe and little National Trust shop at the top is lovely. Not a huge range but a good mix of hot and cold food and drinks. As for the view - just wow!
Written January 16, 2020
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lizandianp
surrey955 contributions
Oct 2020
Several marked walks , some mainly along the top of the area but most descend to the River Mole and involve a step climb back up.
Beware cyclists, this was part of the Olympic cycling route.

Cafe and shop (bins are circular holes in the wall)

There is a well recommended Burger Restaurant a bit further along the road.

Very dog friendly.
Written October 21, 2020
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SMOOZA
London, UK356 contributions
Aug 2021
Great hike with beautiful views. We went around 10am on a Saturday morning - ample parking available. Really enjoyed the walk...although some areas where a bit slippery after the rain - suggest good shoes to be safe. There are different walks available - highly recommend the stepping stones path.
Written September 3, 2021
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Sarah C
Ashtead, UK897 contributions
Jun 2021
Clearly this has been a go-to place in Covid, and why not, fab views, space, fresh air etc. But if you try to park at the top it can be hard to find a place, the cafe has queues, as does the viewpoint...and that's midweek!
The last couple of times we've been we've opted to park at the bottom (Rykas), walk up to admire the view (good for muscles!), then back down the riverside walk past the Stepping Stones. Saves stress along the ZigZag and in the top car parks.
Written June 23, 2021
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Angela M
London, UK5 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Decided to visit on a nice Sunday afternoon as I hadn’t been for a long while. Got to the top car park and there was absolutely nowhere to park! Cars going round and round the car park looking for a space so I went back down to the stepping stones car park which was also packed, with cars parked on verges out on main road. Managed to squeeze in after waiting for someone to leave. No parking machine to scan membership card so couldn’t put ticket on the car and spent ages fiddling around trying to get the app which didn’t solve the problem. Extremely busy. There was a constant stream of people coming across the stepping stones so we waited patiently for ages but in the end I had to shout across the river for someone to stop and let us across. Not the best start to our visit. Not easy to be socially distanced going up the steps to the top of the hill with panting people all around 😳. Beautiful views from the top and managed to get an ice cream just before the NT closed. Worth the climb up the hill but won’t be coming again on a Sunday, advise getting there early if you do.
Written August 16, 2021
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BARRYBE
Durban, South Africa2,458 contributions
Jan 2022
My first visit to this area was on a Sunday morning, which was most enjoyable. Had coffee at the restaurant before exploring the area. Capricious was good. The views were exceptional with many people visiting box hill. In addition, there were many cyclists enjoying the area.
Written February 2, 2022
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