Leith Hill Tower and View Towards London - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Virtual tour panorama taken showing the view north from Lieth Hill towards London. This picture was taken late December 2011 near the base of Lieth Hill Tower.
Leith Hill Tower and View Towards London - FURTHER INFORMATION
Leith Hill Tower and View Towards London - Dorking visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Leith Hill Tower and View Towards London' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Surrey.
Leith Hill rises to 294m above sea level in the Surrey hills just south of Dorking. The hilltop is the highest point on the Greensand Ridge and second highest point in south-east England. From here there are stunning views of the surrounding countryside which extend north to London and south to the English Channel.
On top of the hill is Lieth Hill Tower, an 18th century Gothic tower built by Richard Hull as a viewing platform open to the public which rises above the trees. The hill and tower are now managed by the National Trust and is worth a visit for some of the most extensive views in southern England. On a clear day, with binoculars, it is possible to see over 25 miles in all directions, taking in not only St Pauls Cathedral and central London but views over 13 different counties all the way to the south coast.
Leith Hill may also be an important historic battle ground. It is thought that here 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.