Walking

Walking trail

Leith Hill woodland walk

Walking trail

Enjoy an exhilarating walk at Leith Hill, which has been a popular picnic spot since the 19th century.

Panoramic views on a clear day

Take in panoramic views from Leith Hill tower and discover the countryside surrounding composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’ former childhood home. The woods are a mass of colour in spring and summer, and are equally stunning in autumn as the leaves on the trees change colour.

A child stares up the trunk of a giant redwood tree at Leith Hill in Surrey

Map

Map route for Leith Hill woodland walk

Start:

Windy Gap car park, grid ref: TQ139429

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From either of the Windy Gap car parks, head south using the track adjacent to the cottage, following the orange waymarkers.

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This track leads you down through the woodland where, in the autumn, you can hear roving flocks of woodland birds including nuthatches, coal tits and treecreepers. 'The Woodland Trail offers a lovely walk at all times of year with autumn being particularly stunning due to the the turning colours of the trees.' Paul Redsell, Countryside Manager, Surrey Hills West.

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At the junction of tracks take the second left through the Lime Avenue, planted as part of the original estate landscape. The path takes you past the walled garden on the right and to the road where you should turn left carefully heading down the road for 55yd (50m) before heading right into the farmland over the stile.

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Follow straight ahead in front of Leith Hill Place on your right and admire the stunning views across the parkland and southwards over the Weald onto the ridge of the South Downs. Pass through the kissing gate and cross the second field to the gate just below the pond. Once through the gate you will pass through woodland. Bear right and follow the straight track ahead of you.

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Follow this track which bends right and heads uphill. Bear right, following the signs which lead you through the rhododendron wood and up through the car park to the road.

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Turn right from the car park and then left up a couple of steps, being careful when crossing the road. Once across the road follow the path heading left up alongside the sandstone wall. This path will lead you all the way up through woodland to the tower.

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Reward yourself with some light refreshments from the servery whilst enjoying the stunning views of inner London looking north and the English Channel to the south, through Shoreham Gap some 25 miles (40km) away. To learn more about the area, and enjoy the spectacular panoramic view from the top battlements, why not enter the tower. To return to the car park head down from the tower, turning left with your back to the noticeboard following the rail around to the top of the steps. Carefully take the steps back to the car park.

End:

Windy Gap car park, grid ref: TQ139429

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Leith Hill woodland walk

Terrain

Moderate terrain with a long gradual climb up to the tower, and steep steps down to the car park.

Dogs must be kept on a lead in the Rhododendron Wood.

This is just one of the circular trails which are all detailed in a property leaflet available from the Rhododendron Wood and Tower noticeboards.

Leith Hill woodland walk

Contact us

Leith Hill woodland walk

How to get here

Address
near Coldharbour village, Dorking, Surrey
By train

Holmwood (not Sunday), 2.5 miles (4km) or Dorking 5.5 miles (8.9km).

By road

Leith Hill is signposted from the A25 at Wotton and from the A29 at Ockley. 1 mile (1.6km) South-West of Coldharbour A29/B2126. Parking at either of the two Windy Gap car parks which are due South of the tower on Abinger Road.

By foot

Comprehensive network of rights of way including the Greensand Way National Trail.

By bus

Arriva 21, Guildford-Dorking. Alight Holmbury St Mary, 2.5 miles (4km) (not Sun or Public Holidays).

By bicycle

Many rights of way. View local cycle routes at Sustrans

Leith Hill woodland walk

Facilities and access

  • Free parking in designated areas along road at foot of the hill
  • Dogs welcome, please keep on leads when livestock are grazing and in the Rhododendron Wood