Box Hill is a summit of the North Downs in Surrey, approximately 19 miles south-west of London. The hill takes its name from the ancient box woodland found on the steepest west-facing chalk slopes overlooking the River Mole. The western part of the hill is owned and managed by the National Trust, whilst the village of Box Hill lies on higher ground to the east. The highest point is Betchworth Clumps at 735 ft. Box Hill lies within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and forms part of the Mole Gap to Reigate Escarpment Site of Special Scientific Interest. The north- and south-facing slopes support an area of chalk downland, noted for its orchids and other rare plant species.
Witness Statement: I was by the stepping stones that lead up the hill in the summer of 2012, it was a late summer evening and I was running the steps up and down leading up to the hill, just going about my usual routine. During my training session I had heard, what I now believe to be wood knocking. I can’t say how many knocks because at the time my focus was on training and I did not know about wood knocks back then, so I could not have linked them to what I was about to see. I just remember thinking to myself what is that noise? as it was loud but distant and seemed to come from several directions. I didn’t pay too much attention to it at the time.
I had finished my training and had sat down on the steps to drink my recovery drink and just enjoy the cooler air of the summer evening. It was about 25 minutes before anything happened. It was still daylight out and I could hear footsteps coming down the hill. I didn’t look around at this point as I was expecting a dog walker to go by me and I was sat and shifted to the side out of the way. I then realised that the person walking down the stairs had stopped, unnerving they didn’t walk past me? I could hear breathing, so who ever it was, they were still behind me. I had an unsettled feeling, that I was being watched but I also did not want to turn and look. But I did, I turned and looked over my right shoulder and stood there about 10 meters back to my right side and up the steps was what I honestly believe to be some sort of Ape?
The fur on this “thing” was a brown colour with patches of grey within it. The face was very human looking with a flat nose but the jaw was big, the jaw looked out of proportion to the head. The head was domed at the top, I do remember noting that. The “animal” stood on two legs but appeared to be slumped forward and the arms were long in proportion to the body. The “animal” was very thickly built. I can only say solid muscle. It was frightening to see the build of this “thing” Im not sure about the height from the angle I was at and the slumped forward posture. I could only estimate 6 foot plus in height, but Im not sure.
The animal stood staring at me for about 30ish seconds before turning around and walking off, but “it” was still watching me as it moved back off into the trees. As it left I could smell a stale farm animal type smell that lingered. I did hear someone had said a creature like this had been seen running along the zig zags by several motorists. I have never been able to get this confirmed and Surrey police dont seem to want to discuss this subject.
Update: As there are many other strange accounts and sightings in the area and the fact that it does tie into the theory that many of the sightings happen at out ancient sites Andy Mcgrath and Trevor Cornwall both well known researchers here in the UK went back in February and did an area check at Boxhill. The area has a lot of cover and at dusk, dawn and night would make for ideal habitat, so close to the south downs and the A.O.N.B it is a place where most visitors will remain on the paths and leave before dusk to the carpark and cars. We will keep you updated with any finds that come in over the next few months and ofcourse if we hear from anyone in the area who has experienced something similar.