GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ockley to Leith Hill Hike

8 miles (13 km)

This circular walk takes you from Ockley Station to Leith Hill, one of the major walking highlights of the South Downs. It's a great way to explore the area if you are coming by public transport.
The walk starts from Ockley Train station which is only about 29miles(47.1km) fromLondon Waterloo station. From the station you can pick up public footpaths heading west to Ockley village and Forest Green. Here you turn north before passing through Leith Hill Wood where you pick up the Greensand Way and follow it east up to the hill summit. The hill is the highest point on the Greensand Ridge, reaching a height of 294 metres (965ft)above sea level. On the summit there is an 18th century Gothic tower, with panoramic views northwards to London and south to the English Channel.
After taking in the views the route heads south through Leith Hill Place Wood and Jayes Park to Ockley. You then follow the same paths east to return to the train station where the route finishes.
To extend the walk you could head west from the hill to the nearby village of Holmbury St Mary and climb Holmbury Hill for great views over the Weald of Sussex. The expansive Winterfold Forest can also be found in this area.

Ockley to Leith Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ockley to Leith Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


On the route you could stop off at The Parrot Inn at Forest Green. The large rural pub is in a fine spot overlooking the pretty village green and cricket ground. There's a fine interior with a beamed area in front of the bar with large flagstones on the floor and a substantial inglenook and polished brass. Outside there's a nice garden area where you can enjoy a fine meal with a view. You can find them at postcode RH5 5RZ for your sat navs.
The inn is dog friendly as well.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Ockley Station - - 156060

Ockley Station - route start

The Well at Ockley. - - 111892

The Well at Ockley.

Rhododendrons in Leith Hill Wood - - 104996

Rhododendrons in Leith Hill Wood. Ornamental woodland on the North Downs in spring. Rhododendrons originate from the Himalayas and are regarded as a weed by some gardeners!

Leith Hill Tower - - 104994

Leith Hill Tower. On the highest point in Surrey and in SE England, Leith Hill (NT)is in the Surrey Hills. Views from the top cover the Chilterns to the South Downs

Rhododendron Wood, Leith Hill Wood - - 2411445

Rhododendron Wood, Leith Hill Wood in May. Colourful Rhododendrons in spring in the woods just south of the hill.

View south-westwards from Leith Hill Place - - 2063337

View south-westwards from Leith Hill Place

Attentive black pony - - 1974288

Attentive black pony on the way to the hill.

The Parrot Inn - - 156005

The Parrot Inn, Forest Green


GPS Files

GPX File

Ockley to Leith Hill.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Ockley to Leith Hill.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)