Leith Hill

Leigh Hill is the county top for Surrey, the highest point in South East England, at 294 metres high (964ft), and therefore also the highest of the Surrey Three Peaks

About Leith Hill

Leith Hill is the highest point in the South East of England, popular for walking and trail cycling. The views from the top are spectacular and it's a great place to go for a picnic, or just enjoy fresh air. It's also a good spot for birdwatching and photography; if you're lucky you'll see buzzards soaring above you, or maybe even an otter playing in one of the several ponds in the area.

Leith Hill Tower

The tower on top of the hill was built in 1765 by Richard Hull of nearby Leith Hill Place using donations from local residents and visitors. The construction was overseen by the architect James Wyatt, who also designed Bodiam Castle and Fonthill Abbey. The foundation stone was laid on St George's day, 23rd April 1765 and work began that summer. It was completed in time for the dedication ceremony which took place on St George's Day 1766.

Leith Hill Tower is a National Trust property and open to the public during the summer season. The tower itself is not very tall, but it has an amazing view of Surrey, Sussex and Kent. You can see as far as London on a clear day if you go up to the top of Leith Hill. At night, it's also an excellent spot for seeing stars due to its location away from city lights. The tower is lit up at night making it easy to find in the dark and there are benches around the perimeter so you can sit down while admiring your surroundings.

Leigh Hill map


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