Leith Hill, Coldharbour Village, Dorking, Surrey

Embrace the great outdoors by spending a few hours on Leith Hill, not far from Dorking, where you can explore trails that take you deep into bluebell and rhododendron woods, over heather-clad heaths and through rich pastures; it’s all so, so glorious and to cap it all, at the top of the hill there’s a tower – just like something from a fairytale. The tower was built in 1765 and in 1864 stairs were added; climb all 78 steps to the top and to the highest point in the South East of England at 313m. The views are spectacular, especially through the telescope. On a clear day you can see across the South Downs to the London skyline and even the clock face of Big Ben. Halfway up the tower there’s an information room where you can learn the history of the tower and where children can have a bit of fun with the dressing up box.
There are picnic benches so take your sandwiches and your fizzy pop, tuck in and enjoy just being there.

All information correct at the time of writing

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