A few weeks ago, we realised that we had awakened to a very special day! It was one of those rare days when there were no kids activities to attend, family commitments to keep and no major sporting events to watch. Realising that we had chanced upon that monumentally rare species of ‘we have nothing planned’ day, which is nearing extinction in the modern families’ existence, we decided to seize the opportunity!
My husband remembered going to a beautiful National Trust area called Box Hill when we was a young boy and he had always wanted to go back. We decided that today was as good a day as any and set off on our adventure. Box Hill is a summit of the North downs located in Surrey and is approximately 30 km (19 mi) south-west of London. The drive to Box Hill displays the best of leafy Surrey and it is easy to understand why Box Hill falls within the ‘Surrey Hills area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Box Hill offers breathtaking views of the countryside and is a great place to set off for walks and treks to explore the Surrey Hills. Approximately, 850,000 people visit Box Hill each year and it is well equipped with plenty of car parking space, a great cafeteria and a gift shop.
The scenic vistas were out of this world and after we walked up and down the big hill, we rewarded ourselves with a lovely lunch at the cafeteria. The coffee was freshly brewed and fabulous, as was my bacon bap and cake. Reenergised, we briefly walked around the general area and explored the surrounding countryside.
I had decided to wear my new pastel printed bardot top with my yellow coat for some Easter cheer, accompanied by my pink platform brogues to walk around in. Much to my dismay, I was not appropriately dressed for the destination at all. Given the lovely walks and treks on offer all around, it would have been ideal to have been wearing solid walking gear with a good pair of sneakers or walking boots. I still managed to walk around but I did feel a bit foolish, till I saw a lady traipsing around the cafeteria in high heels. Shamefully, I must admit that seeing her made me feel better as it’s always reassuring to observe that you are not the only misinformed creature around. As I told my husband; the downside of spontaneity is the lack of preparation and the abundance of humiliation.
Box hill was a gorgeous place and I am looking forward to going back, appropriately dressed this time, for some great walks. It is also a fabulous place to go for a good old-fashioned picnic with young and old. If you are looking for somewhere to go with friends and family this coming long weekend – I would highly recommend Box Hill!
I hope you enjoy the pictures and thank you for so much visiting my blog.
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