Walking

Walking trail

Box Hill Riverside Walk

Walking trail

As you walk along the river Mole look out for dragonflies, wagtails and the electric blue of a darting kingfisher. Stop awhile to take in the ageing Second World War concrete structures which stand sentinel along the waters’ edge. This is a circular walk with a steep descent and climb. In wet weather it can be very muddy. Cattle graze along part of the route so please keep your dog under close control.

Tank Traps along the river Mole in Surrey

Map

Box Hill Riverside Walk map

Start:

Salomons Memorial Viewpoint

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You can choose to start your walk at the Visitor Centre, or at Salomons Memorial Viewpoint. Once at the viewpoint looking out over Surrey and Sussex, walk down the steps and follow the path to the right, following the signs. Look out for the left turn which takes you diagonally down the hill below the viewpoint.

family looking out at viewpoint at Box Hill

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Reaching the tarmac road turn right and walk along it. The fields on either side of you are part of Box Hill Farm.

Belted galloway cows with calves in field

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Continue along the road, ignoring other turnings until the road runs out. You’ll see a gate to your right hand side – go through this. To your left you’ll see the river Mole which you’ll walk along for the next mile.

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Here the species-rich slopes of Box Hill to your right are often grazed by belted Galloway cattle for the conservation of our rare flowers and insects. Soon you’ll come across Pixham weir and mill. Until the early 20th century, the river Mole turned several waterwheels here, principally for corn grinding and fulling (a term used to describe cleaning cloth, particularly wool).

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The path will take you under Pixham viaduct, built in the Victorian era. Shortly you’ll come to an unusual collection of 12 anti-tank cylinders perched at the waters’ edge. Built in 1940, they were part of a wider anti-invasion scheme.

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This stretch of land is floodplain and the creation of a ‘scrape’ in this area will form a wetland habitat for wildlife such as amphibians and waterfowl. Self-seeding reeds, rushes and sedges will provide a valuable nesting and foraging habitat for wading birds. The pathway will now take you away from the banks of the river, climbing into woodland. Just before you start your climb, look through the trees to see a Second World War Type 24 Infantry shell-proof pill box. This would have been defended by infantry with Bren guns and covered the east bank of the river Mole and the lower western slopes of Box Hill.

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A set of steps will take you uphill through woodland comprising yew, beech and oak.

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At the top of the steps, turn left. Carry along the path through the woods and take the first right hand turn.

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End:

Box Hill Visitor Centre

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Box Hill Riverside Walk

Contact us

Telephone: 01306 885502

Email: boxhill@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/box-hill

 

 

Box Hill Riverside Walk

How to get here

Address
Box Hill, Surrey, KT20 7LB
By train

Box Hill and Westhumble station 1.5 miles (2.4km)

By road

1 mile (1.6km) north of Dorking, 2.5 miles (4km) south of Leatherhead on the A24

By foot

1 mile (1.6km) off North Downs Way from Stepping Stones to South Scarp; 1 mile (1.6km) off Thames Down link footpath at Mickleham Downs; 1 mile (1.6km) from Dorking station (½ (0.8km) mile from Boxhill station). Many rights of way lead to Box Hill summit.

By bus

East car park (not Sundays or Bank Hols); Arriva 465 Kingston to Dorking to foot of Box Hill, 1½ miles (2.4km) to summit.

Box Hill Riverside Walk

Facilities and access

  • Servery - snacks (homemade sandwiches and cakes)
  • Indoor café serving light lunches and afternoon teas. Takeaway hot drinks, sandwiches and cakes available
  • Outdoor seating and picnic tables
  • Toilet and baby change at visitor centre only