Here’s why I love hiking:
I’m a person who likes to think a lot; I like to reflect, analyse and create things in my head. Though this can be great for creative projects and my professional job – I don’t think it’s healthy to constantly be doing. When you hike, you are forced to use your brain to concentrate on what your body is doing only. Something as simple as walking down steep piece of ground, rather than a standard pavement street, forces your brain and body to focus – so it can maintain balance and use muscles we are not use to. It’s creating energy and focus in an entirely different part of the mind; it’s refreshing and in my opinion pretty damn cool.
When I think back to the three weeks I spent in Thailand earlier this year. A hike and camping trip I did in Chiang Mai was possibly my favourite part. And upon returning from my trip, I was possibly in some of the best shape of my life (although I truly ate curry every day). So I thought, I need to get back into this!
As someone born in the UK, and specifically a Londoner, we can be really bad at exploring our own turf. The hike that this post is about is 45 minutes from my house – the same as my daily commute, so I really had no excuse for why I hadn’t ever been! Nevertheless, early this week, when I realised that I had a 40km walk coming up in 2 week’s time, I thought this is a good opportunity to train for the walk (more like test if I will be able to do it at all). I invited a few friends to join me – not big hikers either – and on a Saturday morning we headed to Box Hill, Surrey. (See the gallery below for the photos)
Box Hill Hike is a challenging 8 mile hike; however, most of us were beginners and only had trainers (no special gear). If you want to try this hike I wouldn’t worry too much about being in good shape, unfit, not having the right shoes, or ‘not being a hiker’.
If you are arriving by car, you need to make it to the Visitor Centre car park. If you are coming by train you need to go to Box Hill & Westhumble station. The Visitor Centre (where the Box Hill Hike begins) is a 30 minute walk from the station.
What to pack
Official website: nationaltrust.org.uk/box-hill
Map and information about the Box Hill Hike: Box Hill Hike
We opted for the hardest route, which is the Box Hill Hike but there are several walks you can do, see them in full here: Walks at Box Hill, Surrey
Got any questions about the hike? Give me a shout on any of the Wading Wade social channels or comment below!