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Visitors at Leith Hill Tower, Surrey. Two people are sitting on a bench with their dog and two bikes.
Visitors at Leith Hill Tower | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Leith Hill heathland walk

With lots of points of interest along the way, this circular heathland trail takes you through a landscape of heather, bracken, bilberry, pine and birch.

Waymarked walk

Along with the description below, the route is marked with green-topped posts.

Total steps: 8

Total steps: 8

Start point

Leith Hill Tower, grid ref: TQ139431

Step 1

Head east downhill away from the tower. Beware of cyclists. At the crossroads, head straight through the gate signposted by a National Trust Omega sigs for Duke's Warren. Continue uphill as the path bends to the right. Take the first left and follow the ridge, opening to views across the heathland and extending to the North Downs way.

Step 2

As the path curves back around, turn left keeping to the ridge. Here you will pass the Tilling Springs below which form the Tillingbourne source where the two sides of the valley converge. Soon after, continue straight at the crossroads along the level path.

Step 3

Make a sharp right uphill through the gap in the trees. The path levels and opens out to an expanse of heathland. Proceed along the main path, passing through a kissing gate.

Step 4

Turn right at the crossroads.

Step 5

Reaching the Coldharbour cricket pitch, take a left at the 'T' junction, soon followed by a right at the crossroads past the National Trust information board. Take the path marked by the green-topped post into the woodland and bear right.

Step 6

Keep to the main path through the dense woodland.

Step 7

Follow the path, with views across the south east to your left. In the winter of 1944, the steep hillside claimed several lives after four US Douglas Dakota aircraft crashed into the hillside, leaving no survivors.

Step 8

Return to the crossroads at Step 1, and proceed back up to the tower to complete the walk.

End point

Leith Hill Tower, grid ref: TQ139431

Trail map

Ordnance Survey map of Leith Hill heathland walk, Surrey
The Leith Hill heathland walk, Surrey | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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