# £16 including train tickets from London Victoria #
The beauty of Boxhill has inspired many greats artists, writers and musicians for hundreds of years. Jane Austen based the picnic scene from Emma here, George Lamberts famous painting of Boxhill in 1733 (now in The Tate Gallery) and it's even had several songs written about it, the most recent being "On Box Hill" by Everything but the girl. It's also inspired the poet Keats and the writer G.K. Chesterton. Come and discover the magic of Boxhill for yourself.
A diverse hike through a designated "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" taking in woodland, rolling downs, Norbury Park, the River Mole and of course Box Hill itself where there are some stunning views to be had from Salomons Memorial right across the Weald to Devils Dyke by the South Coast. We'll also cross the famous Stepping Stones over the River Mole as well as walking through Denbies (England's largest Vineyard that won best Rose wine in the world in 2011)
Box Hill is located on the North Downs and lies within the Surrey Hills area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is also part of the Mole Gap to Reigate Escarpment Site of Special Scientific Interest. As well as it's natural beauty, Box Hill also plays host to a more recent fort built in the 1890s to help defend England from a possible French invasion and a semi derelict folly from 1815.
We shall be passing by the route for the 2012 Olympics cycling race this summer - at the steepest point, considered to be the best for viewing due to the reduced speed of the riders
Please note: This walk does have some tiring hills and requires a reasonable level of fitness.
Transport & Meeting Point
We'll meet at Victoria station at 10:10am and leave our meeting point at 10:20 prompt for the 10:31 train.
Planned return time to London of 6:18pm (we wont be back before so please consider yourself committed for the day until then)
We'll meet in front of WHSmith (no 34) and between this and the stall labelled on the map "A Piece of Cake" no 29 (note, it's now actually become "Bread Box" at the station):
We'll stop during the walk for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the walk where we can get refreshments.
Distance, Difficulty and Terrain
Distance: 8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Difficulty: 7 out of 10 - tough in places (several hills, a good level of fitness required)
Walking time: About 3.5 to 4 hours of actual walking
The walk will be £16.00 per person which includes the guided hike and train tickets from London Victoria.
What to Bring
- Appropriate walking clothes and footwear (ideally hiking boots, could be muddy in places) - for more info please click here
- Water (at least 1 litre)
- Packed lunch/picnic
- Money for drinks and refreshments after the walk
- That's it! I'll take care of all train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so just turn up, bring a smile and we'll have a fun day hiking :-)
Your safety is paramount to us and this walk is led by a trained Walk Group Leader (MTE) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider with extensive hike leading experience. A First Aid kit is carried and the walk is well known to the walk leader.
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