Up Box Hill the easy way

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Submitted by ailiskane on 08 April 2008
OS Explorer Map: 146 - Dorking, Box Hill & Reigate
 
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A circular, half-day countryside walk in England starting at Box Hill and Westhumble station, Surrey, about 11km (roughly 7 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.

A gentle meander up towards Mickleham Downs, this walk gives you fantastic views from Box Hill without so much as breaking a sweat. An easy day trip from London.

Start: Box Hill and Westhumble station, OS Grid: TQ166517 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 278m (913ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 556m (1826ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 278m (913ft)
Max. Elevation: 220m (721ft)

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146 - Dorking, Box Hill & Reigate
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OS Grid: TQ166517
Start the walk at Box Hill and Westhumble station.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 1 OS Grid: TQ172527
From station turn right and go down road until you meet the main road (A24). Turn left onto a path taking you to a tunnel underneath the road. Go left alongside the road, and take the first right. Carry on up the road until you see Juniper Hall on your right.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 2 OS Grid: TQ178536
From Juniper Hall take the first footpath on the left. Carry along the foothpath in the same direction until you reach the third crossroads of paths.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 3 OS Grid: TQ185539
Go right at the junction of bridleways until you reach the open common area. Walk over the first track and take the second - going left to the top of the common. You should have reached a sign on the local wildlife - north edge of common.
OS Grid: TQ188535
At the top of the common turn right and take the first path on your right. This becomes a steep down hill which meets a minor road.
OS Grid: TQ192535
Take the uphill path to the left of Cockshot Cottage, reaching High Ashurst on your right.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 6 OS Grid: TQ195516
Take the road left past High Ashurst, or the parallel bridleway. Bear right when the road forks.
OS Grid: TQ195512
Cross over the road onto the bridleway.
About 2 km (roughly 1 miles) from 8 OS Grid: TQ178513
Bear right at the junction. At the next junction of paths, don't go left back down hill, but take the footpath alongside ZigZag road. (From the viewing point you can take a detour to the coffee shop if you go back uphill and follow the road left)
About 2 km (roughly 1 miles) from 9 OS Grid: TQ162513
After enjoying the views from Box Hill go right on the path below the viewing point. Bear left (down hill) when the path divides. Cross the river at the stepping stones, or in winter go right and take the footbridge instead.
OS Grid: TQ161517
From the stepping stones (or foot bridge) carry on on the path until you meet the main road. Go right on path alongside the main road until you meet the tunnnel.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 11 OS Grid: TQ166517
From the tunnel go left up the path and right into the same road you left the station from. End of walk.
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Samantha  commented on 20 July 2012
Distance?
How long does this walk take in miles?
Timwoods  commented on 20 July 2012
6 miles
It's about 6 miles - the info at the top of the page gives rough distances in km and miles. They usually underestimate slightly, so I would guess between 6 and 7 miles.
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