Leith Hill Tower - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Virtual tour panorama taken from the souther side of Lieth Hill Tower on Leith Hill. This picture was shot in late December 2011 on a sunny morning, which shows up the brickwork on this Gothic tower. The tower itself was closed on the day.
Leith Hill Tower - FURTHER INFORMATION
Leith Hill Tower - Dorking visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Leith Hill Tower' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Surrey.
Leith Hill Tower is an 18th century Gothic tower which stands on to of Leith Hill, just south of Dorking in Surrey. The tower, previously called 'Prospect House' was built between 1765 and 1766 by Richard Hull, who lies buried beneath it. It stands 19.5 metres (64 ft) high and has two rooms inside which were neatly furbished.
Richard Hull placed a Latin inscription above the door declaring that the tower was not for his own use, but open to the public. From the top there are stunning panoramic views over much of the surrounding countryside. Leith Hill itself is 294 metres high, the highest point on the Greensand Ridge and second highest point in south-east England. From the top of the tower, with the aid of a telescope, it is possible to see St Pauls Cathedral in the center of London 25 miles to the north and to the English Channel 25 miles south. On a clear day, the view takes in 13 different counties making it one of the most stunning views in southern England. The tower is now managed by the National Trust and is open to the public on certain days.
Leith Hill is also of historic importance as the possible battle ground where Æthelwulf of Wessex, father of Alfred the Great, defeated the Danes in 851 who were heading for Winchester having sacked London and Canterbury.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Bus: Coldharbour, Abinger Road (50, 433), 2 miles from Leith Hill, Holmwood (93 from Dorking) about 4 miles from Leith Hill.
Car: Leith Hill lies about 7 miles south of Dorking and the A25, best accessed via Colharbour lane or Lieth Hill Lane. There are several parking spots around the hill.
Train: Holmwood Station, 2 miles (3.2 km) to the east on the Sutton & Mole Valley Line.