South East

Box Hill, Surrey

  • Distance

    4 miles

    Equivalent of walking up the Eiffel Tower 20 times

  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Difficulty


  • Terrain

    Well-marked paths over undulating ground

  • OS grid reference


  • Calories burned


    Enough for a rewarding Sunday roast

Route Info

This National Trust site, named for the box trees on its flanks, has long been popular as a fresh-air escape for centuries. Even Jane Austen’s Emma day-tripped here. And you can see why – the views of the undulating downs are worth the steep climb, while the nearby countryside, dotted with grand estates and verdant vines, is a joy to explore.

Box Hill is perfect for a good old family walk. Although this is a relatively gentle 4-mile circular trail, there are plenty of opportunities to  head off on a different path to explore, discover and have a little fun.

Kit List

  • Good walking boots or comfortable trainers
  • Warm jacket
  • Daysack
  • A copy of Jane Austen’s Emma

Did you know?

Box Hill is home to over 40 species of butterfly

Route Highlight

It’s worth taking a quick detour to take in the Polesden Lacey Estate, once home to 18th-century playwright Richard Sheridan.

Where to stop

Head east to Boxhill Road to the village, where you'll find a large pub called The Box Tree , serving hearty pub food.