Wandering: Box Hill


For today’s wandering we go out in the country from London to Box Hill in Surrey.  This is the view towards the town of Dorking from Salomons Point. (Please see the edit at the bottom of this post in relation to Jane Austen’s Emma and Box Hill.)

Salomons Memorial

This is a popular area for cycling and was part of the Olympic cycling route in 2012.

Amazing Views

Also a well traveled area for walking as the North Downs way passes through here.

North Downs Way

We walked a short way along the path and while taking in the view we see someone was creative and thoughtful in making a Union Jack pattern in the field below.

viewIn the same section we came across this headstone, which seemed to be positioned in an unusual place all by itself on the side of the hill.  After reading what it said: Major Peter Labelliere, Aged 75, An eccentric resident of Dorking was buried here head downwards 11th July 1800, I became even more curious.

HeadstoneThe National Trust web site gives the answer:

Major Peter Labilliere thought the world was topsy turvey and that it would turn upside down. So when that happened, he would be the right way up. A few miles away, a horse is buried upside down too. You might think it was Major Peter Labilliere’s horse but it’s actually just a big coincidence.


Now if you need to stop and have a cup of tea to think that one over, there is an indoor and outdoor cafe further up the hill.  Part of the Box Hill area is operated by the National Trust.

Box Hill Fort

Venturing a little further along the path we find another piece of history at the Box Hill Fort.


As we drove down the hill we saw a sign for Denbies Wine Estate.  It was just starting to rain, so we decided against taking a wine tour.  We had a quick look inside where the cafe was busy with lunch goers.

Denbies Winery

Of course I had to have a brief look around the fun gift shop.  This caught my eye, what a great name for jam!

Traffic Jam

This little notepad brought a smile.  Thought you might like it.

Edited to add:  A reader asked if this is the same Box Hill from Jane Austen’s Emma.  Thanks Judy for that question and it is the same Box Hill.  Here is a blog post for much more info about it and a blog you will enjoy if you are a Jane Austen fan.

Wind Up

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  1. Is that Box Hill as in Jane Austen’s Emma? Beautiful views. Enjoyed all the photos!

    • Hi Judy and thank you for the question. It is indeed the same Box Hill. I will edit the post to add that info and also a link to a blog post you might enjoy reading. Actually the entire blog I think you would like. I will have to go back and read it further myself. (janeaustensworld)

  2. Thank you for including information about Box Hill. You make another expat extremely homesick for England.

    • You are welcome, I think you are having quite an adventure yourself! I know what you mean about seeing pictures from your homeland, it can make you both happy and sad. Hopefully a few pics from England will help fill the gap.

  3. Lovely. Never made it to Box Hill. We usually make for the houses and gardens as National Trust members.

    • Box Hill would be great on a sunny day for a picnic. I have two National Trust houses coming up next week on the blog, they might be ones you have visited.

  4. Thank you for stopping in at Cranberry Morning today! (I don’t have your email address. You show up as a no-reply blogger). Yes, we have several Amish communities in Wisconsin. One is in our neighborhood. The largest are northeast of LaCrosse.

    • Hi Judy, thanks for the reply. I am now trying to learn how to comment on blogger blogs as hope and wander, so another learning process.

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