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Surrey is a county famous for its beautiful landscapes, and few of them match up to the scenic charms of Box Hill. This is one of the hills that constitute the famous North Downs, and although it's only 20 miles outside London it seems like a world away. It gets its name from the Box Woodland, an ancient tract of forest overlooking the Mole River, and people come here to enjoy the magnificent views and to walk and ramble in the lovely surrounding countryside. Take a break from your Surrey hotel and head for Box Hill, for a great day out in the bracing fresh air of the North Downs.
Box Hill village is a pretty settlement on the eastern slope of the hill, whilst the National Trust manages its western part. Betchworth Clumps is the highest spot here, standing at 224 metres above Ordnance Datum. There are plenty of pleasant viewing spots in the area of Box Hill, with perhaps the most popular being at Salomons Memorial overlooking Dorking. This monument was built to commemorate a London financier of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who purchased Box Hill to protect it from developers in 1914, and we're all very grateful to him for doing so because it's still a beautiful place. Take a picnic with you when you visit Box Hill from your Surrey hotel, and with a little help from the weather you'll have all the makings of a great day out.
There are a number of interesting attractions in the Box Hill area, one of which is the Old Fort, one of the original 13 centres set up around London to handle its defence in the event of an invasion by some troublesome foreign power! The MoD bought the site in 1891 and laid it out as an infantry redoubt. Visitors have to be content with admiring it from a distance today, as it is home to a protected colony of native bats. Broadwood's Folly, a flint tower, is also a popular attraction here.