Broadwood's Folly by boxplayer

Broadwood's Folly

A listed flint tower coming down off Box Hill. Built around 1820 by Thomas Broadwood, a member of the well-known piano manufacturing family.

Got the train to Box Hill and Westhumble from Victoria - our 2 Together card coming in handy. Well on time for a change for our little Camra pub ramble, 7 miles-ish to Leatherhead.

The first half of the walk was very hilly indeed. And that was the plan - still trying to get hill-fit for our Wales walking holiday. Up to the top of Box Hill then onto Mickleham Downs. Box Hill was like Piccadilly Circus: runners, Duke of Edinburgh kids (had been some on the train unfolding their big maps in the aisle).

And lots of people at the top taking in the views. Got quieter after lunch and we stopped off in Mickleham at the King William IV, a very friendly pub perched on the side of the hill we came down.

Enjoyed ales, a halloumi burger with fries and a veggie pie for Dave. The afternoon basically followed the river Mole. Very easy going, with lovely smells of spring vegetation and beautiful bird song. Finished with a drink in the Running Horse in Leatherhead just over the old bridge.

Got the train back exhausted, dozing a bit. Knees didn't feel too bad once home. Had a few nibbles for supper and watched Ferdinand - lovely animated film about the flower-loving non-violent bull.

View from Box Hill

18 May 2019
Box Hill, Surrey
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