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Moleside Walkers on Box Hill April 2024

Box Hill may not be Surrey’s highest point but Moleside’s April Walk was a dramatic reminder that it offers us a selection of views that is hard to beat locally. 

Photo of Salomon's Memorial Box Hill Walk April 2024

We did opt for the most realistic route to the top and kicked off our walk in the NT Car Park close by the elegant viewpoint looking south over Dorking. It’s now been here over a hundred years, dedicated in 1920 by his wife to the banker Leopold Salomons.  

David, our leader for the walk, reminded us that in 1914  Salomons had made it possible for the National Trust to take responsibility for the protection and management of over 200 acres of this beautiful hill top location. 

Photo of Walk Leader David Owen
April 24 Moleside Walkers leaving Box Hill Memorial Viewpoint

Leaving the Memorial we were faced with the most modest of uphill slopes. The careful planning by our leader had insured that any real exertion was brief and experienced very early in our morning’s progress.

Walkers from Moleside Probus ontop of Box Hill April 2024.

Quickly reassured that the rest of our route was to be reasonably level, our pause for breath was brief before heading northwards into the Box Hill woodlands at their April very best.

Walkers in wood BoxHill Surrey April 2024
Flint Hill to Norbury Park. April 2024

But it was out in the grassy open spaces that have been strategically allowed to develop here that we appreciated we are right at the centre of things up in this  Country Park.

From Flint Hill we looked to the north across the Mole Valley towards Norbury Park.

From Juniper Top we could look more westerly towards Mickelham and the vineyard at Denbies.

Denbies & Mickleham from Juniper Top in Box Hill Country Park
Moleside Walkers at Juniper Top, April 24.

And on retracing our steps – as Alec’s monitoring of our route reveals – we made our way to the vantage point on Lodge Hill where Thomas Broadwood placed his folly. 

Broadwood, a member of the famous piano making family and one time resident of Juniper Hall in the valley below, built this flint encrusted tower shortly after the 1815 Battle of Waterloo. 

Perhaps a project being considered to reinstate his folly’s missing internal staircase will give visitors, in years to come, a spot even higher than the one from which we enjoyed the view here on a rare sunny day in April 2024.

Photo of Juniper Hall from Broadwood's Tower April 24

Thanks to David for his detailed research and planning, to Steve who corodinates our monthly programme of walks and to Alec for his precise record of our route.

Moleside walks are held on the third Thursday of the month. Our next walk is on 16 May. 

Details of some of our previous walks can be found by following the TAGs below.