Box Hill's Natural Play Trail

Walking trail

Our Natural Play Trail is a two-mile level walk and a great chance to play in the woods. The trail can take anything from an hour to a whole day. There are lots of trees and structures to climb on, but be careful, they might be muddy and slippery.

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 route for Box Hill's Natural Play Trail walk


National Trust visitor centre, grid ref: TQ178513


Start your adventure at the visitor centre at the top of Box Hill. Carefully cross the road and hop along the stepping stones to the Natural Play Trail archway. Walk under the arch or scramble through the tunnel. Walk, crawl, hop, skip and jump along the path to the next feature.


Venture through the tree archway and come back onto the main footpath. Take a left on the path which heads away from the main car park. Follow the path as it goes round the edge of the Donkey Green. The big beech trees have brilliant knobbly roots to climb around.


Stay on the path as it curves to the left and heads into the woods. The path almost immediately forks; you need to take the right hand fork. Continue along this path, keeping a look out to your right. After a while, veer off the path to reach a hidden playful place. You can then loop back towards the path. At the big yew tree you can rejoin the path by turning right onto it.


You'll reach a five-way crossroad. The play trail continues by following the second path on your left. Before doing this, there are lots of loose branches lying around - perfect for making a den. Lots of the Yew trees here are great for climbing on too. Follow the second path on your left from the crossroads. On your right, you can have a closer look at the roots of a fallen tree or climb all the way along it. Carry on along the path.

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The path forks, take the left hand fork. Shortly the path splits again, take the right hand path and carry on along it. Look out for a play feature on your right.


Cross the woods using the log bridge shortcut on your left, if you don't fancy the bridge, you can carry on along the path. Take the left turn and then left again at the T-junction. You are close to Broadwood's tower now where there are some lovely views. As you walk along the path, keep an eye out for a log bridge on your right. You can be adventurous here and cross this to the more playful pathway. If you've got a buggy with you, you might prefer to stay on the main path.

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Rejoin the main pathway by crossing the second bridge and turning right. Continue along the track, ignoring any paths turning off it. There are lots of places to stop for a sit down and a rest. Watch out for the magical picnic table on your left. Carry on along this main pathway. Look for a secret play place hidden between the trees.


Come back to the path which will bring you back to the Donkey Green, with lots of open space to continue playing.


National Trust visitor centre, grid ref: TQ178513

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Box Hill's Natural Play Trail


Level terrain that can get muddy. The play trail has lots of trees and other things to climb on. These may be muddy and slippery.

Box Hill's Natural Play Trail

Contact us

Telephone: 01306 885502



Box Hill's Natural Play Trail

How to get here

Visitor Centre, The Old Fort, Box Hill Road, Tadworth, Surrey KT20 7LB
By train

Box Hill and Westhumble 1.5 miles (2.4km).

By road

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

Sunray Travel 516 Leatherhead station to Dorking to Box Hill 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's Natural Play Trail

Facilities and access

  • Servery - snacks (homemade sandwiches and cakes)
  • Indoor café serving light lunches and afternoon teas. Takeaway teas and cakes available
  • Outdoor seating and picnic tables
  • Toilet