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Name:Botley Hill
Hill number:3686
Height:269.6m / 885ft
Section:42: South-East England & the Isle of Wight
County/UA:Surrey (CoU)
Hill area:North Downs
Class:Marilyn, HuMP, Tump (200-299m)
Grid ref:TQ 38709 55182
Summit feature:edge of water tower enclosure
Col:61m  TQ329433  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 187
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Observations: summit is 950m WSW of trig point

Survey: Leica NA730

Comments: Replaced hill 2910, see Database Notes. Location confirmed by survey with small change in GR


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    Logged Descriptions  (logged by 113 users)ByDate of Ascent
    Decided to have a modicum of exercise,so walked up from car park/viewpoint along The Ridge.Poor top.catman09/10/2014
    Just drove up to the water tower.simon and co07/03/2014
    drive by summit.. no view to speak of today - claggy but dry conditions.. pheasants didnt appreciate my presence.stig_nest21/09/2013
    Repeat w Jenx, completed SE set. Still unremarkable.nordicstar07/07/2013
    Drove most of the way. Parked in lane and walked last stretch. Pleasant water tower, new NATS aerial being put up to add to the other two. A decorative top with lots of spiky railings.nordicstar21/05/2013
    bit of a building site at present - bring ear plugs if you walk the North Downs Way, the M25 is very loudTeasyChris15/04/2013
    My second visit to this one - hopefully my last!Chris Peart10/04/2013
    climbed with Alli, started at Botley Hill and continued along the North Downs to Westerham Heights and Betsoms Hill, then onto Clackett services and then back to Botley Hill. Hard to reach the top as by water tower.Very cold and even snow blizzards.(8 miles)rickybalboa30/03/2013
    Walk in the snow, there is lot of building activity at the top at the moment.rhalstead12/03/2013
    What a way to spend a birthday!mindlessflogger23/02/2013
    Drove along minor roads and a track to park alongside the three transmitters and a water tower (about 1 mile SE of Woldingham Climbed over gate and wandered around sheep field attempting to locate the top (highest point probably inside the compound) Back to car. (PM)gerrybowes17/01/2013
    From car park to West - not the most inspiringBramley27/10/2012
    Drive by hillsteverd23/08/2012
    Steep ascent from North Downs Way. Crossed broken down fence and wandered round higher points of field full of sheep and lambs. Mound in compound higher but looked artificial.prwild13/05/2012
    Mist, calm, drizzle, went inside enclosure, maintenance crew decided I was mad and allowed it.iangalbraith08/11/2011
    Parked at crossroads near trig. Followed Pilgims Way / Vanguard Way to the summit, returning along the lane past the trig.davidpettit8422/10/2011
    Got let inside compound and went up grass mound inside.assynt_bob14/12/2010
    Drive up. I had visited the previous summit candidates but not the water tower area. Had no maps and phoned a friend for the grid reference. Great fun trying to find the way up from the M25, but satisfying to pull up beside the masts and tower. Those ofasgadh13/07/2010
    Annoying revisit following summit move, but at least it's easy to drive up to the masts. Two dog walhers gave us suspicious looks, although one could have equally asked what they were doing there!wheresthepath21/02/2010
    the least exciting top today and a repeat of other tops round heregigglejon16/12/2009
    Top may not be too thrilling but some of the surrounding countryside was pleasant enough. Good walk along the bridleway from the north and also views of London.Herbert Anchovy25/09/2009
    Revisited - hopefully I won't have to come here a third time. Highest point appears to be at the back of the water tower.Richard31/08/2009
    A drive in Marilyn. Hopped over the fence into the field full of sheep and around to the back of the compound which seemed the highest point.Father Ted15/08/2009
    The parent hill of our parent hill. Short walk from the road - the actual summit is not part of Botley Hill, but another whose name I can't remember.Messiaen15/08/2009
    New London high point - this one by water tank.arranc23/07/2009
    Drove up narrow lane to water tower and masts. Got out, wondered why I bothered and then left! Did not see trig point from road, maybe it's gone?Nick29/03/2009
    Nil visibility, mist or low cloud.Overthehilljill16/01/2009
    Revisited for a "proper" tick after assisting with the survey earlier this year. Please be assured that ground level at the pub is lower - when looking NW from the compound boundary, the level cut the small woodland (Pitchers) at about half tree height.Smudge25/10/2008
    Return trip nowt improved. Can take road all the way. 38600 55100 does not seem to be top - more like 38711 55186 at end of 8' high barbed fence. Could be anywhere really. As usual wherever you stand somewhere else seems higher.destaylor13/10/2008
    Revisit to bag this new version of summit top while on a weekend trip to visit my sister at Putney Bridge. Unsure that it was worth the first visit but a tick is a tick.Dugswell212/10/2008
    My second top for this uninspiring Marilyn.clivevilla16/09/2008
    Second attempt - walked from Oxted to summit and back. Path off road leading to quarry / works avoids awkward road walk. Good track, can't quite see old top from summit.Buteobuteo08/08/2008
    I was chuffed when this Marilyn changed as on my visit to the trig I sensed there was higher ground off to the west & so visited the mast area. Sure enough my gps suggested the highest point was there (TQ 3871 5518) & within 18 months the 'experts agreed!signyred27/01/2008
    Parked at South Hawke then North Downs Way to Botley Hill, Vanguard Way to North Warlingham, London Loop, Downlands Cicular Walk to join up with North Downs Wayphilhythe22/09/2007
    Another night bag on way to Mike's. Parked on road by top and skipped over hedge to trig and top.robphys23/11/2006
    Got dropped off at the Vanguard Way where it crosses the B269. Followed this through Titsey Place to the North Downs Way then up to the trig. It was obvious that this was not the highest point and so I spent an hour visiting likely candidates.garyhoney15/01/2000
    Date is first visit. Notes from later...main challenge is locating TP hiding behind hedge: L immed E of large tree in hedge. roadside @ TQ396553 +/- opp mast RHW20/06/1999
    A disappointing top of the North Downs - the trig point is the other side of an fence alongside the road. A walk from Betsom Hill in Kent provided an interesting days walk.chinnock31/01/1999
    day after flying back from Florida. Explored over at the site by the transmitters that looked higher and is now the recognised top.vegibagger12/03/1998