Our first visit to Leith Hill was in thick mist a few days after Christmas – click here to view that post. There was no view that day and the nearby trees loomed atmospherically – a slice of the landscape devoid of context.
Two days ago we returned. The sun shone from a cloudless sky, the temperature had been hovering around the freezing point for several days and the mud was frozen stiff. What a transformation compared with our previous visit.
We looked out across the low-lying Weald of Sussex, much of it forested, into a hazy distance. Around and above us the coniferous trees of the summit plateau stood tall and majestic reaching up into a deep blue sky.
It would be hard to beat a day as good as this, but I know I will return, again and again, to find and explore more of this fascinating hill.