National Trust Box Hill

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Woodland and open down with wonderful views

Box Hill is a well known beauty spot in the North Downs of Surrey, England, close to the southern outskirts of London, overlooking Dorking to the south-west. There is a small village of the same name about 1.5 km to the east. Confusingly, Box Hill School is located in the village of Mickleham about 1.5 km to the north, and is between the towns of Dorking and Leatherhead.

The hill is named after the box trees which can be found on its steep southern and western flanks, especially around the “Whites”, chalk cliffs cut by the River Mole.

A country park, owned by the National Trust, now provides for public access to Box Hill, and the Pilgrims’ Way long distance footpath runs about 1 km to the south. At the peak of the hill there is a veiwpoint, from where the entire town of Dorking can be viewed.

An important passage of Jane Austen’s novel Emma is set at Box Hill.

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