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My Favourite Patch of Greenery at Box Hill Surrey

Like hills? Then you’ll love Box Hill! It’s got everything from up bits to down bits, flat bits, and lots of trees. As an added bonus, if you like looking at things from far away it surely can’t be beat.

Photo by simonh82

Actually there is far more to Box Hill than my introduction gives it credit for. Box Hill is the highest peak on the North Downs of Surrey and at about 25 miles outside of London, a popular place to escape the city. At 224m (735ft), it is not the highest of heights but the views over the Surrey countryside are spectacular.

It is also a site of special scientific interest and home to a variety of rare butterflies, bugs, and other wildlife. As a popular destination for walkers and day trippers, you can explore surrounding countryside and take a walk through the woods.

It is also a great place to fly a kite or even the strange giant kite worm thing you can see below.

A large part of the hill is owned and managed by the National Trust and there is a visitors centre, café, and woodland trail. The hill is also going to form part of the London 2012 Olympics cycling course for the road race. Cyclists will have to climb the hill 9 times, a task which I do not envy them.

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