Box Hill Juniper Top circular walk

Walking trail

Starting at the top of Box Hill with stupendous views as far as the South Downs, this walk also offers further views of the North Downs. Follow the trail markers and enjoy the varied scenery - magical woods, glorious hilltop views and tranquil valleys. Wonderful in all seasons, it is especially beautiful in spring when the bluebells appear in the woods. Walking boots are recommended; there are some fairly steep gradients along the route.

Please note Box Hill is receiving high visitor numbers at the moment. This is creating a hot spot which could put both local residents and visitors at risk, and put local emergency services under pressure. Please park responsibly, and if the area is busy on your arrival please help us keep everyone safe by coming back another time.


Map for Box Hill Juniper Top walk


National Trust Visitor Centre at the top of Box Hill, grid ref: TQ178513


Start from the information board by the Box Hill café and walk along the path to the viewpoint. Take a minute here to admire the stupendous panorama before you. On a clear day you can see as far as Chanctonbury Ring on the South Downs 24 miles away! The village of Brockham is to your left and Dorking to your right. Turn left and go down the steps or the slope and head towards the woods.

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A family walk towards the Salomons memorial viewpoint at Box Hill, Surrey


As you walk into the woods you will see a fingerpost pointing up to the left for the North Downs Way and the Juniper Top Trail marker. At the top the path bends to your right running parallel to the road through trees and bushes - holly, beech, box and yew. A gate on the path takes you into a pasture field with views towards Dorking and Leith Hill and another gate takes you back into woodland. At the marker for the North Downs Way, turn left to go up to to the road and then along the verge towards the white gate for Box Hill village by the Smith and Western restaurant.

Follow the purple markers along the Juniper Top Walk


Cross the road by the bus stop to join the bridleway heading into woodland. You’ll follow a broad path through woodland with lots of yew, holly an ivy. Keep straight along the path, ignoring paths to the right and left. As the path begins to descend you’ll come to a cross roads by a large yew tree. There’s a marker here showing the Juniper Top Trail to the right.

Old yew tree on the Juniper Top trail


Turn right to follow the trail through holly and yew woodland. The path bends to the left and you go down a small slope. The wood opens up with hazel and small oak trees and you'll see the bluebells spreading out. Further along the path is a junction with a bridlepath going to the right. You carry straight on here past a marker saying ‘Walkers only’. Continue to follow the path until you reach a gate.

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Bluebells in Hardwick woods


This gate takes you out onto the grassy plateau of Juniper Top with terrific views across the downs. There is a seat here to admire the views and have a breather. When you're ready, stroll down the hill through the grass to the bottom where you will come to two gates.

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A small family walking through Juniper Top at Box Hill in Surrey


Go through the gate and turn immediately sharp left back up the track along Juniper Bottom (also know as Happy Valley). At this point you join the Happy Valley trail. You'll go through a gate and continue up the stony track. The path opens out to grass and you'll see the steep steps of the Box Hill Hike coming down on your right hand side. Continue to walk up the valley, and you’ll see a mix of trees and bushes on both sides - areas of holly, yew, juniper, and box and then more open areas of hazel, oak and beech.

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Enjoy the sunshine in Happy Valley


You’ll pass through a gate and continue to climb up the valley until you come to a cross roads at the top of the ridge. There is a marker showing the Juniper Top Trail to the right near a sign for car parks and cafe. Follow this path along the edge of the hill. Look out for some marvellous specimen beech trees. A path will join from the right and you bear to the left following the trail marker sign.

A beech tree at Abinger Roughs


You’re now walking along a hardcore surface, part of the Natural Play Trail. You'll see the open space of Donkey Green, and you can go there for a picnic or you can continue along the path. You'll see the roof of the cafe through the trees and if you follow the path you'll come out near the shepherd’s hut. You've made it. Why not recharge your batteries and celebrate at the cafe?

Box Hill cafe cakes


National Trust Visitor Centre at the top of Box Hill, grid ref: TQ178513

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Box Hill Juniper Top circular walk


Varied terrain with some steep ascents and descents. Stout boots recommended.

Dogs welcome. Please keep them on leads where livestock are grazing.

Box Hill Juniper Top circular walk

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Box Hill Juniper Top circular walk

How to get here

Box Hill Road, Tadworth, Surrey KT20 7LB
By train

Closest train station is Box Hill and Westhumble (1 mile (1.6km) steep uphill walk).

By road

Sat Nav use KT20 7LB. Car parking £4 for non National Trust members.

Box Hill Juniper Top circular walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome, please keep them on leads when livestock are grazing
  • Benches to rest your legs