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Day Hike on Jane Austin's Boxhill, England's Largest Vineyard and the North Downs

Day Hike on Jane Austin's Boxhill, England's Largest Vineyard and the North Downs

£26.00 / ticket

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Trip Description

£26 including train travel from London Victoria

The beauty of Boxhill has inspired many greats artists, writers and musicians for hundreds of years. Jane Austen based the picnic scene from Emma here, George Lamberts famous painting of Boxhill in 1733 (now in The Tate Gallery) and it's even had several songs written about it, the most recent being "On Box Hill" by Everything but the girl. It's also inspired the poet Keats and the writer G.K. Chesterton. Come and discover the magic of Boxhill for yourself.

A diverse hike through a designated "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" taking in woodland, rolling downs, Norbury Park, the River Mole and of course Box Hill itself where there are some stunning views to be had from Salomons Memorial right across the Weald to Devils Dyke by the South Coast. We'll also cross the famous Stepping Stones over the River Mole as well as walking through Denbies (England's largest Vineyard that won Gold in the IWC best Rose wine in the world in 2011)

Highlights

  • Visit England's largest vineyard which has won international awards
  • See the famous Box Hill viewpoint with far reaching views over Sussex
  • Breath taking hiking through the woods and hills of the North Downs
  • See the twisting hills roads of the Olympics 2012 cycle race where the cyclists did 9 laps of this spectacular section

Walk Description

Box Hill is located on the North Downs and lies within the Surrey Hills area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is also part of the Mole Gap to Reigate Escarpment Site of Special Scientific Interest. As well as it's natural beauty, Box Hill also plays host to a more recent fort built in the 1890s to help defend England from a possible French invasion and a semi derelict folly from 1815.

We shall be passing by the route for the 2012 Olympics cycling race - at the steepest point, considered to be the best for viewing due to the reduced speed of the riders.

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