Box Hill train to stepping stones walk

Walking trail

This walk starts at the lovely Victorian station of Box Hill and Westhumble and then climbs up to the peak of Box Hill following the way-marked Stepping Stones path. Enjoy the stunning and famous views before coming down and crossing the River Mole.

Stepping stones access

Please note that the Stepping Stones are currently awaiting repair. Please use the footbridge to cross the river.

Map

MAp to follow for the Stepping Stones trail map

Start:

Box Hill and Westhumble station, Westhumble, RH5 6BT. Grid ref: TQ167518

1

Leave the train station walk through the car park. Turn right at the road, cross the road to reach the pavement and walk down the road. Go past the Stepping Stones pub and cross over the road to go through the underpass beneath the A24. On the far side turn left up on the main road. Go over the river bridge and follow the road round to the right by the Burford Bridge hotel.

Read more
Box Hill & Westhumble station is a wonderful reminder of the Victorian steam age

2

Take the right hand path immediately after the hotel. At the fork, take the left hand grassy track and continue heading directly uphill. This is a steep climb but the hillside is a haven for wild flowers and butterflies. See what you can find!

Read more
Go through the gate and climb up Burford Spur

3

Join the wide grassy path on the ridge of the hill. The grassy slope becomes a white chalk path, follow it uphill, keeping a look out for wild flowers around you.

Common spotted orchid at Box Hill in Surrey

4

Take the pathway on your left. As it joins the stony path, take a right and continue as it heads uphill.

5

You'll pass an old building on your right. This is Box Hill Fort. You can walk all around the outside but not inside as there are bats living in it. Continue up the stony track and turn right at the road to return to the visitor centre.

Read more

6

From the visitor centre at the top of Box Hill, follow the surfaced path away from the visitor centre. Ignore the track going off to your right and continue along the surfaced path running parallel to the road and you'll see the view opening out in front of you.

Read more
serving brownie at Box Hill cafe

7

Once you've admired the view from Salomon's Memorial, walk down the sloped path which runs below the viewpoint. Take a right and continue along this path.

Read more
family looking out at viewpoint at Box Hill

8

You'll see some steps cut into the ground on your left; follow these downhill through the Yew woods. There are 275 steps to the bottom - take care as they can be slippery sometimes. Continue along this path; on the left you'll catch glimpses of the river Mole.

Explore the wooded slopes down to the River Mole at Box Hill

9

Continue downhill. As the path flattens you'll reach a fork in the path. Take the left fork signed to the Stepping Stones. The River Mole and Stepping Stones are in front of you. You have a choice here. Either take a right at the rivers' edge and follow the riverside path (you can cross the river at the bridge a little further along), or cross the Stepping Stones and follow the path running parallel to the river on the other side.

Read more
Cross the River Mole by either the footbridge or the stepping stones

10

Once you've reached the footbridge, go through the gate next to it on the right hand side. This brings you out into a large open field called Burford Meadow. Follow the path through the meadow. On the opposite bank of the river there are wooded chalk cliffs. These are known as the Whites.

Read more
Admire the steep sides of Box Hill from Burford Meadow

11

The path ends on the main A24 road by a bridge. Turn left and go immediately down through the underpass. At the end turn left and go up out and then turn right along Westhumble Street. Go past the Stepping Stones pub and then cross the road for the pavement on the other side. Continue along here until you reach the station of the left hand side. The Pilgrim cafe (not NT) here serves tea, coffees, cakes and ice cream - a lovely opportunity to celebrate your walk.

End:

Box Hill and Westhumble station, Westhumble, RH5 6BT. Grid ref: TQ167518

You made it

Following this trail on mobile or tablet? Share your experience.

Box Hill train to stepping stones walk

Terrain

There is a steep descent from the top of Box Hill down to the River Mole with 275 steps before the bottom. The pathways can get slippery in the wet. You can cross the river by bridge or over the stepping stones and there is a long but not very steep ascent back to the top of Box Hill.

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

Box Hill train to stepping stones walk

Contact us

Box Hill train to stepping stones walk

How to get here

Address
Box Hill and Westhumble station, Westhumble, RH5 6BT. Grid ref: TQ167518
By train

Nearest station is Box Hill &  Westhumble on the London to Dorking line.

By road

1 mile (1.6km) north of Dorking, 2½ miles (4km) south of Leatherhead on A24.

Box Hill train to stepping stones walk

Facilities and access

  • NT cafe at the top of Box Hill
  • Toilets at the Visitor Centre at Box Hill
  • Cafe (not NT) at Box Hill station