The Leith Hill 50 Things Trail

Walking trail

With its hills and woodland, Leith Hill is a great place to learn more about nature and tackle some of the 50 things challenges. The trail has two parts. It starts around the Rhododendron Wood and then goes up Leith Hill itself and is for the truly determined. But great rewards await at the top!

Notes to participants

This trail has two parts. The first section is around the Rhododendron Wood and suitable for quite young children. The second part takes you up Leith Hill itself and has a steepish section. Remember to bring binoculars for bird-watching and a magnifying glass will help with the bug hunting. Enjoy your day of adventure!

A family enjoying 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4

Map

Follow our map for the 50 things trail

Start:

Rhododendron Wood Car Park RH5 6LU

1

Start in the Rhododendron Walk car park, furthest from the road entrance. Walk away from the noticeboard towards to the area of grass, which has some picnic tables. This is the site for your first activity - make a grass trumpet.

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Follow these markers around the trail

2

Follow the path from the meadow down a slight slope. At the T-junction by the two seats turn left, signposted Leith Hill Place. Walk about 70 metres and at the next T-junction turn right signposted Leith Hill Place. Follow the path down the slope. Ignore the entrance to Leith Hill Place, continuing on the path to the right, down the slope. Stop in the small wooded area for your second activity.

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Girl holding autumn leaf

3

Walk a little further forward along the path, turn left at the junction and you will notice a giant redwood tree beside the fence. Stop here for activity number three.

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The Giant Redwood Tree at Leith Hill, Surrey

4

Carry on to the right of the redwood tree along the path up a slight slope and over a footbridge. At the junction turn left down the path winding through the rhododendrons. At the bench turn right and head uphill along the path and bend to the left. Stop along this path for your next challenge.

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Make a mud pie

5

Clean your hands on the grass or the bracken beside you. Then continue along the path to the T-junction and turn right, heading back up the path to the car park. This is the end of part one. You may want to have a break and snack here before you head up the big hill!

Follow the path through the rhododendrons

6

Exit the car park at the entrance and turn right along Tanhurst Lane following the orange waymark posts. Walk carefully along the road for about 70 metres. Cross the road and go up the steps by another orange marker. Cross the second road carefully and then take the path to the left by a further orange marker. Take care as you climb up a short steep section of the hill. You're now doing your activity number five. Stop to catch your breath if you need to.

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Follow the orange markers up the hill

7

Bear right and after a little while the path will even out and the walking gets easier. After 300 metres you will come to a horse barrier (poles across the path) and a T-junction. Go through the barrier and head right continuing up the hill and following the orange markers towards the tower. As you walk collect some items for your next activity - only collect dead material. Stop by the noticeboard when you reach the top.

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Create some wild art with natural materials in Knole Park, Kent.

8

Having done that hard work of climbing up the hill, let's have some fun by rolling down. Walk up to the tower and then roll down the slopes towards the notice board.

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Children roll down a hill

9

Pick yourself up and step back onto the gravel path, follow this round to where the view opens up. Here you will have a good vantage point to stop and watch the birds that enjoy the trees and bushes nearby.

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Children bird watching

10

This is one of the highest points in south-east England. Stop to admire the views to the South Downs. As you are walking around, look closely at the tree bark, logs, grassy and muddy areas so you can complete activities your next two activities.

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Two girls looking at a worm

11

You can continue to do these last two activities as you retrace your steps down the hill back to the car park. Remember to follow the orange way-markers on your way down, walking through the low barriers onto the path down towards the road. Take care when crossing.

Leith Hill offers lots of enjoyment for dogs

12

Now you have reached the Rhododendron Wood, make your way once again to the picnic benches. Here take part in the last activity.

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Children sitting in a field with bare feet

13

Congratulations! You have completed the 50 Things challenge at Leith Hill, you are now a true adventurer!

Follow the grass path to Leith Hill Place

End:

Rhododendron Wood Car Park RH5 6LU

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The Leith Hill 50 Things Trail

Terrain

Along undulating paths around the Rhododendron Wood and up a short steep section on Leith Hill before settling to a gently uphill walk.

The Leith Hill 50 Things Trail

How to get here

Address
Rhododendron Wood Car Park, RH5 6LU
By road

Off A29/B2126. The Rhododendron Wood car park is off Tanhurst Lane.

The Leith Hill 50 Things Trail

Facilities and access

  • Toilets (at Leith Hill Place during opening hours
  • Teas (at Leith Hill Place during opening hours)