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  Box Hill, A shory history  
  Box Hill is a natural beauty spot situated on the A24 between Leatherhead and Dorking in Surrey, run by the National Trust and is so named because of the box trees that grow on it's slopes.


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Since the 1920's it has been a meeting place for motorcyclists from all over the south of England and the odd European biker, and is comparable with the likes of Devil's bridge and Matlock.

On every Sunday (and most evenings) there can be any number of bikers on the site enjoying the delights of "Ryka's" (who have the title of "the best burgers in Surrey!" on the restaurant front, and they are!) or watching the antics and listening to the gorgeous sounds of the other bikes around. On sunny days this can run in the 500+ bikes mark easily.

Police presence isn't heavy, but is there and generally good humoured. As long as everyone is happy and relatively quiet, the odd wheelie will get through without any trouble.

In recent years though, because of the abuse by a small contingent of riders, the main A24 has been shut to one lane and a 50 mph limit imposed. This is particularly around the deceptive Mickelham bends part, which was once scratcher's heaven. There are still sections that are National speed limit and that is near the main car park, where everyone enjoys listening to the howls and thunder of the bikes coming and going.


view of Boxhill from the A24

view from the top of Boxhill

This photo was taken as part of a Honda promotion in the early 1980's, when Rykas cafe was a little more basic. The guy on the VF750FD was an actor but everyone else were genuine Box hill visitors.




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