Jan Kraus
18 April 2022photo story3 min read

Leith Hill hike

A view over Dorking, Surrey, UK - Captured from Green Terrace above Denbies Wine Estate
A view over Dorking, Surrey, UK - Captured from Green Terrace above Denbies Wine Estate

On Easter Sunday, I spent some quality time enjoying a bit challenging yet very rewarding hike in the area of Leith Hill in Surrey. The weather was fantastic, and I had some opportunities to take some photos along the way.

Dorking

After taking a train from London Bridge, we arrived in Dorking and started walking through the town towards the hills on the southern side.

It would’ve been a bit boring if it weren’t for a couple of young sheep enjoying sunny weather and offering the opportunity for some interesting shots.

Pair of sheep, calmly posing on the small meadow in the middle of Dorking
Pair of sheep, calmly posing on the small meadow in the middle of Dorking

Pair of sheep, calmly posing on the small meadow in the middle of Dorking
Pair of sheep, calmly posing on the small meadow in the middle of Dorking

After around 40 minutes, we finally left the last town building behind us and entered the woods. But one last quick turnaround revealed some lovely views:

A view towards outskirts of Dorking, Surrey, UK
A view towards outskirts of Dorking, Surrey, UK

Hiking towards Leith Hill

Gentle & green meadows on the path, south of Dorking
Gentle & green meadows on the path, south of Dorking

Up until noon, we hiked through gentle meadows, woods and occasionally short but steep hills towards the Leith Hill - the highest hill in the area.

Woodland path inviting to wander. Unfortunately not on our way
Woodland path inviting to wander. Unfortunately not on our way

Its spring in full season! A field of Forget-Me-Not flowers was blooming in someone's backyard
Its spring in full season! A field of Forget-Me-Not flowers was blooming in someone's backyard

If you look closely and carefully, there is beauty to be found in many details of the surroundings.

Just a bench to rest and admire the view
Just a bench to rest and admire the view

Stunning texture and shapes on this collapsed tree
Stunning texture and shapes on this collapsed tree

But it can also be sometimes odd or scary:

A bit of spooky part, passing by some bogs
A bit of spooky part, passing by some bogs

Some old, weirdly shaped and twisted tree
Some old, weirdly shaped and twisted tree

But also very beautiful, with rural, pretty views like this:

A very picturesque-looking house with beautiful patch of Forget-Me-Not flowers in front
A very picturesque-looking house with beautiful patch of Forget-Me-Not flowers in front

Another stunning cottage passed on the route
Another stunning cottage passed on the route

The Old Mill House, Westcott, Surrey - (note, we passed the mill house much later on the route)
The Old Mill House, Westcott, Surrey - (note, we passed the mill house much later on the route)

Back from Leith Hill

After a stop for a lunch break at Leith Hill (from which, sadly, I don’t have any good photos we left for 2nd part of the hike. We’ve been marching north across Whiteberry Road through the woods of Wotton Common.

Bluebells flowers flowering in the spring
Bluebells flowers flowering in the spring

Old, mossy tree trunk surrounded by a beautiful field of Bluebells
Old, mossy tree trunk surrounded by a beautiful field of Bluebells

The trail (and Fate, our excellent trail leader) leads through some farming fields. We diagonally cut through the area. I can only dream of what this could look like in the summer.

Our hiking group (Outdooraholics) going through the field
Our hiking group (Outdooraholics) going through the field

After some time, we reach Tilling Springs - a gentle but surprisingly tall waterfall sourcing Tillingbourne River.

Tilling Springs waterfall is stretching vertically with several cascades
Tilling Springs waterfall is stretching vertically with several cascades

Denbies Wine Estate

Pretty view towards Guildford from the hills of Ranmore Common
Pretty view towards Guildford from the hills of Ranmore Common

Finally, after a strenuous climb, crossing the rail line connecting Guildford & Dorking, we reach higher ground. We admire stunning views over fields surrounding Dorking and the vineyard: Denbies Wine Estate, the largest vineyard in England.

Gentle slopes of Denbies Wine Estate vineyard with some houses of Dorking in the back
Gentle slopes of Denbies Wine Estate vineyard with some houses of Dorking in the back

A view over Denbies Wine Estate with Box Hill in the background, Dorking, Surrey, UK
A view over Denbies Wine Estate with Box Hill in the background, Dorking, Surrey, UK

It was a lovely walk. My feet are sore today, but that’s a good feeling! Until next time!

Entry published on 18 April 2022 under #photo story, #photography, #london, #surrey, #leith hill, #hiking, #country walks.
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