The hilltop stroll at Box Hill

Walking trail

Enjoy Surrey's finest scenery and discover some of the interesting features found around the top of Box Hill on a gentle circular walk.

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.

A family walking towards the viewpoint at Box Hill, Surrey in autumn


Map route for the hilltop stroll at Box Hill


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


From the visitor centre at the top of Box Hill follow the surfaced path. On your right, when there are few leaves on the trees you'll see Swiss Cottage. This was the home of John Logie Baird, the inventor of television. One of his earliest transmissions was from the top of Box Hill. Ignore the track going off to your right. Continue along the surfaced path running parallel to the road. You'll see the view opening out in front of you and the Salomons memorial.

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Walk down the steps or slope to the path running below the viewpoint. Take a right and follow this path.


Don't go on the left-hand path (this leads you down to the Stepping Stones) but climb uphill to the right. There are quite a few beech tree roots here so take care.


Follow the path you are on; don't go along to the right which would take you back to the visitor centre. On your path you'll see Peter Labilliere's gravestone. Continue past this and downhill. You are now at the top of a gentle chalk slope known as the Burford Spur.

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There's a little path to your right - take this and turn off the main path. Wild Box trees grow either side of this path. You should see a grey building in front of you, this is Box Hill Fort. Take a left just before the dip to bring you round to the front. The Fort isn't open to the public but you are very welcome to walk around the outside.

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Walk up the stony track and take a right at the road to take you back to the visitor centre. The buildings here were built as cottages and store rooms for the fort you've just walked past.


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

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The hilltop stroll at Box Hill


This is a gentle and relatively flat walk. The pathways can be muddy and slippery after rain.

The hilltop stroll at Box Hill

Contact us

The hilltop stroll at Box Hill

How to get here

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

Box Hill and Westhumble 1½ miles (2.4km).

By road

1 mile (1.6km) north of Dorking, 2½ miles (4km) south of Leatherhead on A24. Car parking £4 for non-National Trust members.

By foot

1 mile (1.6km) of North Downs Way from Stepping Stones to South Scarp; 1 mile (1.6km) from Thames Down link footpath at Mickleham Downs; 1 mile (1.6km) from Dorking station (1½ mile (2.4km) 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.

The hilltop stroll at Box Hill

Facilities and access

  • Shop, café, picnic tables, parking and toilet facilities available