New Year Box Hill

Knacker Cracker

Route

Park at the National Trust car park at the top of Box Hill.

The route is as shown below: From the Old Fort, run to the bottom of the Burfoot Slope to the old start/finish area: Reascend to pass the Old Fort as in previous years:

cross the road at the marshal's direction, keep to the left hand edge of the car park and past two gates to find a boggy path, and then trend left (do NOT take the right hand fork in the path!) and then a long slight descent to good views of the Zig Zag road and the ruined tower. Turn sharp right at the tower and then take the right and then the left turns...to find the sttep steps that lead to Juniper Bottom. Turn left down the track at the bottom of the steps to the first drinks station at the car park at Juniper Bottom (don't worry, it will be well-marked):

Cross the road (marshals present but take care all the same) go up the very steep Eiger Steps and carry on at the top for another 100m to touch the bench - and say 'Happy New Year' to the marshal - before returning down the steps back to the car park.

Then proceed back 20m up the track again, go through the gate on your left, up the grassy slopes to Juniper Top. Veer right and plunge back into the woods, towards Flint Hill - take the first left towards what is now the Smith and Western Bar and Grill, and what used to be The Pilgrim's Rest. Straight over the road, (look out for yourself!), through the woods for 20m and turn sharp right down a very rough track, you will again descend all of the altitude you have previously gained, and at the bottom (now on the south side of the North Downs), after a harpin right hand turn, you will climb back up to the top of Box Hill on very narrow paths. Turn right at the top, and run to the water station at the Lookout - drink in the views! GO AROUND THE TRIG POINT (big white pillar). Reverse your course and take the second left-hand track..., you now have to lose all that height again, descending to the footbridge over the River Mole, running to the stepping stones (and over them if they are not underwater), before running back up Box Hill ('the hardest run you've ever done') - keep left! At the top, the marshall will direct you to your left, where you will pass the grave of an eccentric (possibly syphyllitic) gentleman of Dorking buried head downwards, carry on around 100m, take a right hand turn into the bushes to the Old Fort and the finish.


 

Previous years...

Parking is available directly adjacent to the start of the run, along the road. Don't park opposite the junction, or the police will give you a ticket!

The run starts at the bottom of the Burford Slope of Box Hill (cross the road from Ryka's car park and follow the signs.) The run starts with a lung-bursting ascent of Box Hill, to the Old Fort, cross the road at the marshal's direction, keep to the left hand edge of the car park and past two gates to find a boggy path, and then trend left (do NOT take the right hand fork in the path!) and then a long slight descent to good views of the Zig Zag road and the ruined tower. Turn sharp right at the tower and then take the right and then the left turns...to find the sttep steps that lead to Juniper Bottom. Turn left down the track at the bottom of the steps to the first drinks station at the car park at Juniper Bottom (don't worry, it will be well-marked). Then proceed back 20m up the track again, go through the gate on your left, up the grassy slopes to Juniper Top. Veer right and plunge back into the woods, towards Flint Hill - take the first left towards what is now the Smith and Western Bar and Grill, and what used to be The Pilgrim's Rest. Straight over the road, (look out for yourself!), through the woods for 20m and turn sharp right down a very rough track, you will again descend all of the altitude you have previously gained, and at the bottom (now on the south side of the North Downs), after a harpin right hand turn, you will climb back up to the top of Box Hill on very narrow paths. Turn right at the top, and run to the water station at the Lookout - drink in the views! Reverse your course and take the second left-hand track..., you now have to lose all that height again, descending to the footbridge over the River Mole, running to the stepping stones (and over them if they are not underwater), before running back up Box Hill ('the hardest run you've ever done') - keep left! At the top, the marshall will direct you to your left, where you will pass the grave of an eccentric (possibly syphyllitic) gentleman of Dorking buried head downwards, before emerging on to the flanks of Box Hill, with gloriously open views, for the long run down to the bottom of the Burford Slope, and the finish next to the prominent bushy tree where you started from. Well done!

Total distance around 10km, with around 1500ft (475m) of ascent and descent.

Dots show 'bonus' hill for 2015, up the 'Eiger Steps'.

Thanks to John ('Caffiene-free') for the elevation maps above.


Although there will be marshals on the course, runners are responsible for completing the course correctly.

Organised by Conferio Ltd

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