Holmbush station is a short drive (just over 5 minutes) north on the A24. It’s line is a useful one for getting into London and there’s plenty of on street parking outside the quiet platforms.
This walk is a lovely, mainly woodland amble, through the pretty hamlet of Coldharbour, to the magnificent vantage point at Leith Hill Tower.
The pretty little hamlet of Coldharbour is situated around 4 miles southwest of Dorking. A designated conservation area, it is comfortably seated within the Surrey Hills’ Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) and affords walkers and its 240 residents with great views.
As well as an active cricket club, Coldharbour has a friendly pub, The Plough Inn, which often hosts events and local musicians of good (or at least, interesting!) standards. It has a quirky, equally friendly local shop, ‘The shop at The Plough“, which sells an array of useful and lovely things – and hot drinks, or cold ices, for passers by – depending on the time of year.
Leith Hill’s gothic tower was built in 1765. Standing approximately 19.5 metres (65 feet) high, and sited around 30 miles south of London, it has magnificent views on a fine day towards the City in the North, and across the vast expanse of countryside to the South, and to the Channel, just 25 miles beyond. Owned and managed by the National Trust, click here to read more, whilst enjoying a refreshment from the small cafe hatch at the tower’s base, and admiring the stunning views.
NOTE: Due to Leith Hill’s gradient, this walk may not be suitable for all, particularly after, or during, wet weather.
A ‘lockdown treat’ – time out, & stunning summer views