On 13th September, the National Trust will be celebrating 100 years of management and ownership of Box Hill, the celebrated Surrey Hills beauty spot. Thanks to the generosity of Leopold Salomons, a city financier and businessman, the 230 acres he purchased in the area to safeguard them from development and gifted to the nation now form the basis of the expanded Box Hill estate. His memorial is currently being renovated in time for the celebrations and it is fittingly the perfect viewing point to enjoy the sweeping views over the Surrey Hills.
Today, Box Hill is acknowledged as an area of outstanding beauty and thanks to the 2012 Olympics and cycling superstars such as Bradley Wiggins, it’s also a cycling hotspot too with everyone attempting the Zig Zag climb with a welcome cafe at the summit to celebrate success! Richard Long’s celebrated artwork is still looking good, despite the traffic which must have driven over it!
Must see’s and do’s include the Box Hill Fort – London’s last line of defence (!), the stepping stones at the base of the hill over the River Mole and of course, a welcome Afternoon Tea at the Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge which re-opens after an extensive refurbishment on 1st September 2014, just in time to join in the fun!
To celebrate this epic milestone, The National Trust has come up with 100 adventures you might undertake when visiting the area or you might, of course, come up with your own ideas!
Here’s to the next 100 years – thank you Mr Salomons.
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