GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Box Hill Circular Walk

8 miles (12.7 km)

The Box Hill area is a magnet for walkers with miles of heathland, woodland and country trails to try. With views of the Surrey Hills and the North Downs it's a place where you can walk for hours with wonderful scenery.
This circular walk visits several highlights of the area including Box Hill Country Park, Norbury Park and Headley Heath. The route runs for about 8 miles with some moderate hill climbs on the way.
The walk starts from the National Trust visitor centre and car park at the country park. From here you can pick up the Mole Gap Trail and follow it north east along the River Mole towards Swanworth Farm and Norbury Park. In the park you'll find aGeorgianmanor house, peaceful woodland trails and chalk grassland with lots of wildflowers and butterflies to see. Look out for wildlife which includes roe deer, badgers, foxes and woodpeckers.
The route then turns east following footpaths towards Mickleham Downs where there is a small climb and more woodland trails.
You then turn south, passing along the edge of the expansive Headley Heath and the High Ashurst Education Centre. The heathland here is very attractive with yellow gorse, bluebell woods and purple heathers in the warmer months.
The trail then leads you through Box Hill village before picking up the Pilgrims Way long distance trail. This will lead you west back to the car park where the route finishes.

Postcode

KT20 7LB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Box Hill Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Box Hill Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The King William IV pub is a great place to stop on the route. The main draw here is a wonderful garden terrace where you can enjoy your meal withpanoramic views of the Mole Valley. On colder days you can sit inside next to the crackling log fire. You can find the pub at Byttom Hill, Mickleham with a postcode of RH5 6EL for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The heathland, woodland and hills of the area are ideal for dog walking so you will probably see plenty of other owners with their pets on a fine day. Most of the area is fine for off lead although it's best to keep them on leads around car parks, visitor areas and livestock. The King William IV pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Fort Cottages, Box Hill - geograph.org.uk - 64731

Fort Cottages, Box Hill. These cottages used to house the caretaker of the nearby fort. Today they are the visitor centre for the National Trust. You can start the walk from the car park here.

Box Hill Fort - geograph.org.uk - 64729

Box Hill Fort. Part of a line of 13 forts along the south to protect London, built in 1899. Never permanently manned, the adjacent building which housed the fort's caretaker now houses the National Trust visitor centre. The fort itself is now a listed building and today is the home to a colony of bats. Special large grilles have been fitted to the door to allow them to come and go as they like.

Pixham from Box Hill (geograph 3074546)

Pixham from Box Hill

Norbury Park Farm - geograph.org.uk - 686174

Norbury Park Farm. Interesting mix of farm buildings beside the River Mole (behind the farm). The ground is mainly clay.

Downland in Norbury Park - geograph.org.uk - 686022

Downland in Norbury Park. Looking north towards Leatherhead across the grassy hillside on the west side of the Mole Gap. Here is a clay capping on top of the chalk and flint North Downs.

The Gallops, Mickleham Downs - geograph.org.uk - 1395052

The Gallops, Mickleham Downs. Downland scenery - grass and woodland on a chalk and flint base. The gallops here head in the direction of Cherkley Wood. Geologically and physically part of Box Hill of the same composition but with an indent (cleft) across all but the eastern part separating the two.

Headley Heath - geograph.org.uk - 1396324

Headley Heath. Deeply incised dry valleys on Headley Heath. Grass and deciduopus woodland clothe the sandy hills and valleys.

The Hand in Hand public house - geograph.org.uk - 28969

The Hand in Hand public house. This public house is in Box Hill and is situated on the road that leads to the National Trust Box Hill area.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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