A ramble on Box Hill

Starting Point: National Trust car park, Box Hill Country Park. 4 miles/6.4km. 2hrs 15min.

  1. Turn left out of car park, cross over, and follow roadside path for 0.5 mile (800). Shortly after you set out, you'll see path leading down to viewpoint, built in memory of Leopold Salomons of Norbury Park. The commanding views of Dorking and the Mole Valley are well worth the short diversion.
  2. Few paces short of Smith & Western Bar, re-cross road and turn off to left on to signposted public bridle-way. Follow signposted route as it drops down through Juniper Bottom to Headley lane.>
  3. Next few hundred paces are very steep. Cross over onto public footpath and climb up long flight of rustic steps. Just beyond top of steps path bears right and gradient eases slightly. Soon reach bench seat with splendid views down Mole Valley and across to Denbies Vineyard. Now follow National Trust's 'long walk' way-marks as you bear left and left again at next way-mark signpost No 6 and drop down over footpath crossroads with Thames Down Link, marked by red arrows as byway open to all traffic. Cross stile at foot of hill, and continue past church into Mickleham.Turn left,and follow Old London Road. There's pavement on the right hand side to being with, which at times transforms itself into pleasant rural path running just few paces from road. At junction with Zig-Zag Road, it's just ordinary pavement again.
  4. Cross over junction with Zig-Zag Road, and join signposted bridle-way that climbs steadily all way back up hill to National Trust Centre. Near top, you'll see old Victorian for on your right. Turn right at top of hill for the 55m back to car park.