Weekends used to always be going out and about in London or day trips out of the city….but the past couple of years have become exploring the UK and visiting my great friends and family who are now scattered around it! It’s also starting to involve weddings, baby showers and soon 30th birthdays! eek!!
I’ve finally made it to Boxhill which has been on my list for so long and only 30mins from where we live but somewhere neither of us have been! Very close to Dorking, Boxhill lies within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding National Beauty and the western and north eastern part is owned and managed by the National Trust. Leopold Salomons, a London City financier in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century donated the land to the National Trust on his death after purchasing part of Boxhill to prevent development on the land. Boxhill was also the location for the London 2012 Olympic road race and frequent cycling events.
At the Visitors Centre you’ll find several large boards with maps and leaflets for the self guided walks. We went for the 2 miles stepping stones walk, mainly as when we arrived it went very very cloudy and we didn’t want to get caught in the pouring rain! There’s a fabulous view from Salomons Memorial before a steep decent of 275 steps down to the bottom and crossing the River Mole. Unfortunately no photos of us crossing the stones due to the insane queue of people waiting to take photos, and then the rain 🙁 Over Burford Meadow and up what felt like Mount Everest (it’s the first real movement we’ve done since coming back from 10 days gorging in Antigua) but to wonderful view of Denbies Wine estate (one of the largest UK wine producers) before looping back to the visitors centre.
Parking is £1.50 per hour for the first 2 hours and £4 for 4 hours and £6 for 5 hours or more. There’s also heaps of facilities including a shop, cafe, toilet and baby changing facilities, self guided and guided walks (check the NT website for latest guided walk schedules), dogs welcome, several car parks and outdoor seating. Nearest train station is Boxhill which is about 1/2 mile away and trains run from Waterloo.
We then stopped off for a quick drink at a nearby pub – King William IV. We had hoped to enjoy the beer garden and the wonderful view but again the weather put a stop to that! A lovely little freehouse with superb customer service and the staff were very welcoming, which is reflected in the trip advisor awards they’ve won! The food that went past us to a nearby table looked out of this world!
We will be going back to Boxhill to do more of the walks and the pub!