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This beautiful woodland walk visits Leith Hill Tower – the highest point in south-east England – with magical views across a landscape that inspired Charles Darwin. Leith Hill is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and home to an abundance of stunning wildlife. There are many trails to choose from, including a stretch of the Greensand Way that follows the Greensand Ridge through the Surrey Hills.
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You’ll walk through a mixture of woodland – that looks magnificent in autumn as the leaves fade from green to orange – heathland and farmland. There are primroses and bluebells to marvel at in spring, magical viewpoints perfect for long summer evenings, and muddy trails to splash around in winter.
Keep your eyes on the skies as you walk, with red kites, buzzards and goshawks all common at Leith Hill. Butterflies are abundant in the summer months too – with the wooded glades home to commas, purple emperors, white admirals and silver-washed fritillaries.
This route was voted 72nd in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: Woodland trails, wildlife and wonderful views. If Leith Hill was good enough for Darwin, it’s good enough for us!