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|Box Hill and Mickleham|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 22 Apr 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4.5 mile circular and fairly strenuous walk from Box Hill in the Mole Valley district of Surrey. Box Hill is well known for its box trees, its plethora of butterflies and also as the central feature of the cycling road races for the 2012 Olympics. The route heads along a short section of the North Downs Way before turning north descending steadily through Juniper Bottom. The walk then climbs again into Juniperhill Woods, heads down into the village of Mickleham and then back up the west side of Box Hill. There are superb views throughout (so it’s worth choosing a clear day) and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the local wildlife. |
The route has several fairly steep climbs and descents, including one long climb up a flight of steps. There are also a couple of gates and one stile (but this is fairly low and has open sides for dogs to pass under). The paths can get quite muddy and slippery after wet weather. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.
Box Hill can be found just north of Dorking off the A24. The walk starts from the National Trust car park at the top of Zig Zag Road on Box Hill. Parking is £3 per day per car (correct April 2013) and free to National Trust members. Approximate post code KT20 7LB.
|Start to Smith and Western|
Start point: 51.2485 lat, -0.3127 long
Start in the car park on the opposite side of the road to the visitor centre and cafe. Return to the road, cross over and turn left along the tarmac path running parallel with the road on the left. Follow this path signed as the Stepping Stones walk and soon the trees on the right give way to extensive views across the Surrey landscape on the right. Take time to enjoy the views from the low stone circular wall (a monument to Leopold Salomons) which shows the directions of the various visible landmarks including Reigate and Leith Hill.
|Smith and Western to Headley Lane|
Start point: 51.2479 lat, -0.3001 long
Cross through the Smith and Western car park and then turn left onto the pavement alongside the road, passing in front of the car park. As you reach the end of the fenced parking area, cross over to turn right onto the signed public bridleway.
|Headley Lane to St Michael's Church|
Start point: 51.263 lat, -0.3145 long
Cross over the lane with care and take the steep flight of steps directly opposite. At the top of the flight of steps follow the path as it swings right and begins to level off. Soon you will reach a bench on the left with a small clearing on the right. This is a great place to stop to catch your breath and enjoy the views over the Mole Valley.
|St Michael's Church to Zig Zag Road|
Start point: 51.2674 lat, -0.3225 long
Do not enter the church yard, just keep ahead on the gravel track to reach the T-junction with the road. Cross over and turn left to follow the pavement alongside Old London Road. Follow the pavement and as the tall wall ends, ignore the path off to the right. Keep on the pavement past the bus stop and 100 yards later follow the pavement as it forks right to run slightly away from the road.
|Zig Zag Road to End|
Start point: 51.2579 lat, -0.3227 long
As soon as you turn into Zig Zag Road, fork right onto the public bridleway. Join the wide grass slope climbing steadily back up to the top of Box Hill.
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The real time location services does not work too well as the network is patchy. Keep a hard copy of the map
|By Rahulmalhotr on 2016-05-02 11:01:54|
Not for the faint hearted - great views - very up & down - make sure you take your water & boots - good exercise
|By Theoifoot on 2016-11-05 12:03:02|
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