Today I am climbing the steep slope of Box Hill, a summit of the North Downs in Surrey, approximately 19 miles south-west of London. The hill takes its name from the ancient box woodland found on the steepest west-facing chalk slopes overlooking the River Mole. The western part of the hill is owned and managed by the National Trust, whilst the village of Box Hill lies on higher ground to the east.
I am curious to see the early effects of autumn and explore the delightful trees along the top, including the impressive berry-laden whitebeam. To finish, I stumble across an eccentric major’s very unusual resting place.