Nestled at the foot of the Surrey Hills, Cranleigh is close to many fantastic viewpoints.
From vantage points along the Greensand Ridge, it’s possible to look all of the way across the Weald to the South Downs and, on a clear day, as far as the English Channel.
We tasked local photographer Martin Bamford with capturing images from 5 of the best views near Cranleigh.
1 – Winterfold (Perspectives)
Found close to the Donkins Car Park on Winterfold Heath Road, Perspectives is an incredible shelter and bench created by sculptor Giles Miller.
For Perspectives, Miller explored how visitors of iconic sites and places of natural beauty often leave personal messages for loved ones. Each wooden shingle on the sculpture is engraved with messages from local people.
The view from this spot is incredible, and Perspectives allows visitors to sit in quiet contemplation as they look out towards the South Downs.
2 – Pitch Hill
Standing over Ewhurst, Pitch Hill is a narrow sandstone spur that rises from Peaslake.
After a steep climb from the car park, or slightly more sedate walk to approach the top of Pitch Hill from the other side, enjoy the view which inspired George Harrison to write Here Comes the Sun.
Pitch Hill is an incredibly popular site for mountain bikers, and the car park gets very busy at the weekend, so this one is best visited during the week.
3 – Leith Hill
The highest point in Surrey, and the second-highest in South East England, Leith Hill has been a popular destination for visitors since Victorian times.
Owned and managed by the National Trust, you can climb the 18th-century Gothic tower and enjoy a cup of tea.
After enjoying the view to the South, don’t forget to face the other direction to see the London city skyline.
4 – Holmbury Hill
Another spot popular with mountain bikers, Holmbury Hill is the site of an Iron Age hillfort, constructed by Belgic tribes of Celts prior to the Roman invasion of Britain.
As well as offering spectacular views towards the South Downs, there are plenty of information boards for fans of history and wildlife.
5 – Hascombe Hill
Also the site of an Iron Age hillfort, Hascombe Hill is home to an impressive stone circle.
The Dragonstones, constructed in the 1990s by Modern Order of Druids, can be found on the South-Eastern slopes.