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|Leith Hill Place and Tower|
|Author: Claire, Published: 27 Nov 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 2.5 mile circular woodland walk through the Surrey Hills and taking you to the highest point in south east England – Leith Hill. The walk also passes through the former grounds of Leith Hill Place, a country house dating back to 1600 with its Rhododendron Woods, planted woodland and walled ruins. Note: If you wish to climb the tower to make the most of the views, entrance fees and restricted opening times apply so check the National Trust website in advance. |
The walk has a number of climbs and descents throughout, some of which are long and fairly steep. There are no stiles and just a few kissing gates but the final section of the walk follows a long flight of uneven steps cut into the woodland as you descend back to the car park. The paths are all unmade and whilst firm for most of the year, they can be quite muddy in winter and after long periods of rain. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.
Leith Hill is near Coldharbour village in Surrey. The walk starts from the free Windy Gap car parks at Leith Hill on Abinger Road. You can park in either car park – north or south of the road.
|Start to Kissing Gate|
Start point: 51.1737 lat, -0.3718 long
From the Windy Gap car parks, walk further east along Abinger Road for just a few yards, passing a cottage on the right. Turn right down a track marked with a footpath sign and an orange topped marker post. (Note: you will be following the orange markers throughout this route). You will pass a sign marking the entrance to Leith Hill Place which is managed by the National Trust.
|Kissing Gate to Stone Track|
Start point: 51.1685 lat, -0.3787 long
Turn right through this kissing gate and follow the track ahead. Over to your right you will see the country house, Leith Hill Place.
|Stone Track to Rhododendron Car Park|
Start point: 51.1698 lat, -0.3844 long
Turn right onto the track and follow it climbing steadily uphill. About 100 yards before you reach the vehicle barrier, fork right to follow the orange markers onto the path into the woodland. Follow this path as it swings right and then winding through the rhododendron wood. As you climb steadily you will pass a car park on the right and then emerge out onto the road.
|Rhododendron Car Park to Leith Hill Tower|
Start point: 51.1733 lat, -0.3831 long
Turn right along the road and just before the road junction ahead, fork left up a set of steps. Cross over the next road with care and take the woodland footpath opposite. Keep left to follow the path steeply uphill with a wall on the right (take care of the rough tree roots underfoot here).
|Leith Hill Tower to End|
Start point: 51.1763 lat, -0.3715 long
The tower dates from 1765 and stands at 317 metres (965 feet) above sea level, the highest point in south east England. Take time to enjoy the views from the hill top here, both north and south. On clear days the views extend across thirteen counties and as far as the English Channel. If you wish you can pay the entrance fee to climb the tower to see even further.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Enjoyable walk with stunning views and a cup of tea available at the end. Perfect.
|By tonyf58 on 26 Dec 2016|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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