Botley Hill

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Botley Hill
Botley Hill trig point - geograph.org.uk - 788400.jpg
Elevation 269.6 m (885 ft)
Prominence 209 m (686 ft)
Parent peak Leith Hill
Listing Marilyn
Location
Botley Hill is located in Surrey
Botley Hill
Botley Hill
Location of Botley Hill related to Surrey
Location Surrey, England
Range North Downs
OS grid TQ387551
Coordinates 51°16′43.9″N 0°00′45.5″E / 51.278861°N 0.012639°E / 51.278861; 0.012639Coordinates: 51°16′43.9″N 0°00′45.5″E / 51.278861°N 0.012639°E / 51.278861; 0.012639
Topo map OS Landranger 187

Botley Hill is a hill in Surrey and is the highest point of the North Downs with a height of 269.6 metres (885 ft).

Geography[edit]

Botley Hill is a Marilyn (a hill with topographic prominence of at least 150m), and the third highest point in the county (as it follows the peaks of Leith Hill south of Dorking and Gibbet Hill in Hindhead both in the Greensand Ridge).[1]

The summit lies at the edge of a water tower enclosure to the north of The Ridge, less than 1 km from the North Downs Way. Previously the location of the Marilyn was given as the 267 metres (876 ft) trig point at TQ396553 as this is the highest point marked on current maps. However, the 1965 1" Ordnance Survey map shows a spot height of 882 feet at the site of the present water tower.[2] A levelling survey confirmed the new location.[3] To the south is Oxted, which is the nearest railway station.

As the highest point of the North Downs, it can view and be seen from the tallest points in Croydon, skyscrapers in London, and for example from Alexandra Palace, Stanmore Hill, Primrose Hill, Highgate and Hampstead across the opposite side of the Thames Basin.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Database of British and Irish Hills v12, accessed 19 December 2011
  2. ^ http://www.hills-database.co.uk/database_notes.html#botley_hill
  3. ^ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rhb/message/14532
  4. ^ http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/panoramas/ENG/Alexandra.gif