Climb to the highest point in the South East on this challenging circular walk in the Surrey Hills AONB. The route runs for a distance of about 3.5 miles with some moderate climbs on the way.
Leith Hill is located near Dorking and is also the highest point on the Greensand Ridge, reaching a height of 294 metres (965 ft) above sea level. On the summit of Leith Hill is an 18th century Gothic tower, with panoramic views northwards to London and south to the English Channel. The area is run by the National Trust so the tower has been restored and contains a viewing point with a telescope and refreshments at the Tower servery. There are self guided trails through woodland, farmland and parkland. Also be sure to visit the Rhododendron Wood, particularly in the spring months when the colours are simply stunning.
The walk begins at the car park on the western side of the hill and takes you to the high point on the Greensand Way long distance footpath. You then head towards Coldharbour and Whiteberry Hill, crossing Wotton Common, before returning to the car park.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby village of Holmbury St Mary and climb Holmbury Hill for great views over the Weald of Sussex.
You could also try our circular walk around Abinger Common and Wotton Common. There's miles of good woodland trails, ponds and streams to enjoy here.
Leith Hill Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Leith Hill Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Leith Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Leith Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Leith Hill Pubs/Cafes
Head into the nearby village of Holmbury St Mary after your walk and you can enjoy refreshments in the Royal Oak. There's a very nice, large outdoor seating area to relax in during the summer months here. It's a quintessentially British country pub; with open fires, home-cooked food, on site brewery and a warm welcome. You can find it at Felday Glade with postcode RH5 6PF for your sat navs.
There's also the King's Head on Pitland Street (postcode: RH5 6NP). Here you'll find log fires, pub grub, real ales and another nice garden to sit out in.