There are 4 car parks at Leith Hill. The Rhododendron car park is recommended when visiting Leith HIll Place: free for NT members or Paybyphone: £1.50 per hour for first 2 hours; £4 for up to 4 hours; £6 for 5 hours and more. It is advisable to download the Paybyphone app before visiting.
At the base of the Tower there is a servery selling hot and cold drinks (not NT).
Well-controlled dogs are welcome across the estate. Please keep them on a lead when around grazing livestock and also in the fenced Duke's Warren during ground-nesting bird season (1 March - 31 July). Well-behaved dogs on leads are also welcome inside Leith Hill Place.
Steep routes with steps and uneven surfaces. Leith Hill Place is partly accessible. Spiral stairs to tower. Blue Badge parking at Leith Hill Place. No toilets
Parking: Please use the Rhododendron Wood car park if visiting Leith Hill Place. No vehicle access to top of tower. The following car parks can be used if visiting the tower (please note the distances and accessibility): Starveall Corner car park – footpath to tower ¾ mile, easy walking. Windy Gap car park – footpath to tower ¼ mile, steep steps. Landslip car park – footpath to tower ¾ mile, steep gradient.
Sat Nav: If visiting Leith Hill Place, please use postcode: RH5 6LU for Rhododendron Wood car park (nearest car park).
comprehensive network of rights of way, including the Greensand Way National Trail
Holmwood 2½ miles, Dorking 5½ miles, Ockley 4 miles. There is a walk from Holmwood station to Leith Hill available via this external website - http://www.walkingclub.org.uk/book_1/walk_42/
Nearest location served by bus - Holmbury St Mary 2½ miles.
many rights of way
Surrey Hills is a one pawprint rated place. With a wide variety of paths and open spaces, the Surrey Hills are an ideal place to bring your dog for a walk. Here’s what to keep in mind to keep your dog and others safe.
Woodland conservation at Leith Hill
Throughout February 2024, extensive woodland conservation work will be taking place in parts of Coldharbour Common, Tanners Wood and Duke's Warren on Leith Hill. The woodland here is in need of thinning to allow for more light to reach the ground and create opportunities for more tree species diversity in the woodland. A diverse woodland is more resilient to threats from climate change as well as pests and diseases. Opening up these spaces will also create glades for invertebrates and allow sunlight to reach the understorey allowing different species of flora, fauna and fungi to flourish. It may look untidy for a while, so we thank you for your support. All footpaths will remain open, but when visiting Leith Hill please be extra careful when using the wooded sections of the green waymarked route and other footpaths through this area. It would also be advisable to keep dogs on leads while the work is taking place. A short section of the mountain bike trail Summer Lightening will be closed during weekdays through February and diversion routes will be in place.
Woodland and heathland at the highest point in Surrey.
Leith Hill Tower
The tower is closed for winter and will re-open in spring 2024. Built to see and be seen, the top of the tower is the highest point in Surrey. Access up a steep stone spiral staircase. The interpretation room and second-hand bookshop can be found about two-thirds of the way up the tower.
Leith Hill Rhododendron Wood
Planted by Caroline Wedgwood, the wood contains many original species sourced from Asia as well as species native to the Himalayas, China and Thailand.
Leith Hill Place
Closed until 2024 for essential conservation work. Imposing country house with magnificent views from upper floors. Home to composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and connections with Wedgwood family.
Kiosk at bottom of Leith Hill Tower (not NT) selling a limited selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks. Kitchen in Leith Hill Place serving traditional cream teas and cakes.
Find out what to do in the great outdoors at Leith Hill in the Surrey Hills. Walk a trail, stroll in the colourful woods or look out for wildlife as you explore.
The tower is now closed for winter. It will re-open in spring 2024. The top of this 18th-century tower marks the highest point in south east England, with views across to London and out to the southern coast.
The childhood home of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Please note that Leith Hill Place is closed until 2024 for essential conservation work.
Enjoy some impressive views of the South Downs and the London skyline on this invigorating circular walk through woodland on Leith Hill
Follow this short but hilly walk around Frank's Wood for views across to the South Downs and, between April and May, a stunning array of scented bluebells.
A glorious springtime stroll to see the myriad colours of rhododendrons, azaleas and bluebells in this peaceful woodland at the foot of Leith Hill.
Leith Hill is set within the Surrey Hills, and from the Tower rising majestically above the surrounding hills you can see sweeping views towards London in the North and the English Channel in the South. The top of the Tower is the highest point in South-East England.
Leith Hill has been popular with visitors since the Victorian times and you can enjoy similar pastimes today but with a modern twist; follow a self-guided trail through ancient woods, the scented Rhododendron Wood or across open heathland.
There’s plenty of space for family adventures and many spots for picnics too. Hot and cold food is available from the Tower’s servery.
Leith Hill is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is home to an abundant wildlife. It’s also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Visit and escape into a natural and peaceful world around you...
Find out about the volunteering opportunities available at Leith Hill, working to maintain this beautiful estate in the Surrey Hills, and how you can join the team.