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27 Beautiful Country Walks Near London

Published on March 15, 2015 by admin

Find the Best Country Walks Near London

One of the best ways to escape the city is by going on country walks near London on the weekend. London is a busy place and I often find myself in need of a quick escape from all the bustle. A peaceful walk is the perfect cure to any city stress and a great way to reinvigorate myself for the week ahead.

There are plenty of beautiful walks outside of London that you can access by train, car, tube or even overground. It is possible to get to the countryside, enjoy nature and return all in one day. Discover rural places to walk your dog, forests to explore with your family or scenic landscapes for a romantic stroll with your other half.

Say goodbye to the smog and hello to fields of wild-flowers with this list of the best country walks near London below.

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1. Ashridge & Ivinghoe Beacon in Hertfordshire

Ivinghoe Beacon, Buckinghamshire

This walk near Berkhamstead is a circular walk with a few pretty viewpoints along the way. The most notable viewpoint being the Ivinghoe Beacon.

This walk includes:

Best for: Breathtaking views

Distance: 14.5km (9 miles)

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

Map of the walk: Ashridge & Ivinghoe Beacon Route (about-britian.com)

Start & finish: Tring Station

Getting There: You can get a train from London Euston to Tring Station. The journey is 36 minutes in length. The Ridgeway footpath starts 300m from the station.

Where to take a break: Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre

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“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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2. Ashridge Estate in Birkhamstead

Primrose Hill in London

Ashridge Estate offers beautiful woodland trails. In the autumn you can find orange and yellow colours all around. In the spring, there are stunning clusters of bluebells. Not to mention, a wide variety of wildlife throughout the seasons such as deer and birds. This walk is about 6 miles and starts at the Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre. This is a moderate stroll through the woods that is clearly marked. You can learn more about Ashridge Estate here.

Best for: Autumn colours, bluebells and a day out with your family

Distance: 9.4 km (5.9 miles)

Duration: 3 hours

Route details: Ashridge Estate Walk (National Trust)

My personal review: Find my review and more photos of this walk in autumn

Start & finish: Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre

Getting There: By train – Trains are running from London Euston to Tring train station (journey time 45 minutes). This station is 1.75 miles from Ashridge Estate. You can get a taxi upon arrival or even walk to Ashridge. On the way home, take the train from Tring station to London Euston (journey time about 40 minutes). If you are driving there, there is an entrance to Monument Drive and the Estate Visitor Centre is off the B4506 between Berkhamsted and Dagnall. Parking is free.

Where to take a break: Have lunch at the visitor centre

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3. Epping Forest, The Oak Trail in Essex

The Oak Trail, Epping Forest

This is a 6.6 mile circular hike that starts and finishes at Theydon Bois underground station. There is a half a mile of walking on the street but the rest of the walk is in Epping forest. This walk is marked by green waymarkers. You will pass Ambresbury Banks, an iron age fort along the way (the site of Boudica’s last stand against the Romans) and also a deer park.

Best for: An iron age fort and deer spotting!

Distance: 10.6km (6.6 miles)

Duration: 2.5 hours

Start & finish: Theydon Bois station

Getting There: You can take the London Underground from Liverpool Street to Theydon Bois station. Journey time 35 minutes on the Central line. You can also take the underground from Marble Arch (journey time 48 minutes).

Where to take a break: The Bull Pub (near Theydon Bois station)

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4. Flatford & Constable Country Walk in the Stour Valley & Dedham Vale

Constable Country, Dedham, Essex


This is a moderate level walk that allows you to explore the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale. This area was made famous by the paintings of 18th-century English landscape artist, John Constable. He painted many views of the area and described the area to his friend John Fisher as ‘The sound.of water escaping from Mill dams… Willows, Old rotten Banks, slimy posts, & brickwork. I love such things… As long as I do paint I shall never cease to paint such Places……’

Best for: Picturesque landscapes

Distance: 6.4km (4 miles) or 9km (7 miles)

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (or 3 hours 45 minutes on optional loop)

Start & finish: Manningtree station

Getting There: There are trains running to Manningtree station (London Liverpool Street to Ipswich line). If you are driving, go off A137 Harwich to Ipswich road and there is a car park at Manningtree station.

Where to take a break: Stop at the Manningtree Station Buffet

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5. Saunderton via West Wycombe Circular in Buckinghamshire

Hughenden Manor

This is an easy walk through the Chilterns with woodlands and sloping meadows. Go south east over the Chiltern Hills to Bradenham (you are given the option at this point to cut the walk short by 6km with a diversion off the main route). From Bradenham head to Naphill Common and Flagmore Wood to Hughenden Manor. The route from Hughdenden heads west across Downley Common to the West Wycombe Caves. You might like to stop for lunch at this point at a cafe at the caves. Climb from the caves up to Dashwood Mausoleum and go back into Saunderton.

Best for: A family walk

Distance: 16km (10 miles)

Duration: 5 hours

Start & Finish: Saunderton Station

Getting There: There are trains running hourly between Marylebone and Saunderton. Journey time is 42-51 minutes. If you are driving, there is a free car park at Saunderton Station.

OS Landranger Map: 165

OS Explorer Map: 172

Where to take a break: Cafe at the caves or The Golden Cross (near Saunderton station)

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6. Chorleywood & Chess Valley in Hertfordshire

Chorleywood, Chess Valley


The Chess Valley in the Chiltern Hills runs northwards from Rickmansworth. These hiking trails can be accessed through countryside and parkland from Chorleywood station. This walk goes on The Chiltern Way trail and is on rural paths (except for the final mile along residential roads).

Best for: Beautiful valleys and countryside

Distance: 9.6km (6 miles)

Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Map of the walk: Chorleywood & Chess Valley Route (from about-britain.com)

Start & Finish: Chorleywood Station

Getting There: There are trains running from London Maryleybone station to Chorleywood station. The journey time is 27 minutes. If you are driving, there is pay and display parking at Chorleywood station.

Where to take a break: The Rose and Crown Pub (near Chorleywood station)

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7. Henley via Stonor Circular in Oxfordshire

Stonor Valley, The Chilterns


Many consider Henley a riverside town but it is also on the southern edge of the Chiltern Hills. This offers a pretty area of hidden valleys, woodland and farmland. This walk takes you up one side and down the other of a valley heading up to Stonor. You might like to stop for lunch at the Crown Inn in Pishill. Finish the walk going past hidden farms and ancient woodland into Henley.

If you want to shorten the walk, you can enjoy the country lanes from the Rainbow Inn in Middle Assendon. This will shorten the route to 14km (8.8 miles).

Best for: Beautiful valleys and woodland

Distance: 21.9km (13.7 miles)

Duration: 7 hours

Start & finish: Henley on Thames station

Getting There: There are trains that run hourly between Paddington and Henley, changing at Twyford. The journey time is one hour. If you are driving, there is a railway station with a car park that charges £2.20 per day or you can park in Henley town centre.

OS Landranger Map: 175

OS Explorer Map: 171

Where to take a break: Crown Inn, Crispins or Henley Tea Rooms

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“Walking is also an ambulation of mind.” – Gertel Ehrlich

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8. Cliveden Green Walking Trail in Maidenhead

Cliveden Estate

This walk offers you wonderful views over the River Thames as well as the pleasure of walking through Cliveden’s country estate. The Cliveden Estate and Gardens is open daily for most of the year. Find woodlands and views of the countryside.

Best for: Views overlooking the River Thames

Distance: 3.75km (2.33 miles)

Duration: 1 hour

Route details: Cliveden Green Walking Route (National Trust)

Start & finish: woodland car park

Getting There: There are trains running to Taplow station (this is 1.3 miles from the start of the walk). Trains are not running to Taplow station on Sunday. You can also take trains to Burnham (3 miles from the start). If you are driving, the postcode for your Sat Nav is SL6 0HJ and there is a car park upon arrival. Please keep in mind admission charges may apply.

Where to take a break: Have lunch at the Orangery Cafe

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9. Coulsdon South Circular in Surrey

Coulsdon South Circular Walk

This walk begins in the suburbs of London and heads through Farthing Downs, Kenley Common, Riddlesdown and Coulsdon Commons (all ancient grazing lands). In the spring there are many wild-flowers. In the summer months, there are lots of places to stop for a picnic. If you are looking to stop somewhere for lunch, there is The Fox in Coulsdon Commons.

Best for: A picnic break

Distance: 14.2km (8.9 miles)

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

Start & finish: Coulsdon South Station

Getting There: There are two trains per hour (more at peak times and one per hour on Sundays) running from London Bridge and London Victoria to Coulsdon South. The journey time is 23-39 minutes. If you are driving, keep in mind that there is very limited parking at Coulsdon South.

OS Landranger Map: 187

OS Explorer Map: 146 (and 161 if you begin in Riddlesdown)

Where to take a break: The Fox Pub

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10. Woldingham & North Downs in Surrey

The North Downs Way Trail

This walk goes along the North Downs, in a completely rural location. You will go past Woldingham school, past Godstone Vineyards, along the North Downs Way trail, through Great Church Wood nature reserve and back to the station. You should expect a lot of ups and downs!

Best for: A challenging walk

Distance: 8.6km (5.4 miles)

Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours

Map of the walk: Woldingham & North Downs Walk Route (about-britain.com)

Start & finish: Woldingham Station

Getting There: There are trains going from London Victoria to Woldingham station. The journey time is 32 minutes from London Victoria. If you are driving, there is a park and display car park at Woldingham station.

Where to take a break: At Godstone Vineyards for some wine tasting

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“I have two doctors, my left leg and my right.” – G. M. Trevelyan

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11. Egham to Runneymede Circular Walk in Windsor

Magna Carta Memorial in Runnymede

The meadows at Runnymede have a long running history dating all the way back to the sealing of Magna Carta. This circular walk takes you around Runnymede nature reserve – through ancient woodlands, wetlands and bright wild-flower meadows. Langham Pond and the ancient woodlands are considered a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the many endangered species and since it is a place of historical significance.

Best for: Discovering history and rare wildlife

Distance: 5.9km (3.7 miles)

Duration: 2 hours

Route details: Egham to Runneymede Walk (National Trust)

Start & finish: Egham train station

Getting There: You can get a train from London Waterloo to Egham station (journey time varies from 37 to 57 minutes). On the way home you can get the train from Egham station to London Waterloo (journey time 41 to 49 minutes). If you are driving, there are pay and display car parks in Egham town centre or you can park at the National Trust Runnymede’s car park and start the walk at a different point.

OS Landranger Map: 160

Where to take a break: Golden Cafe (20 High Street, Egham)

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12. Petts Wood in Bromley

Petts Wood in Bromley

This walk starts at Jubilee Country Park and passes through Hawkwood Estate and across Kyd Brook River. You will pass the Edelman and Willett Memorials and Brickley Manor along the way.

Best for: Woodland and meadows

Distance: 6.4km (4 miles)

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Route details: Petts Wood Walk (pdf) (from the Borough of Bromley)

Start & finish: Tent Peg Lane Car Park

Getting There: Trains are running to Petts Wood train station regularly. You can then walk .3 miles (7 minutes) to the start of the walk. If you are driving, there is a Tent Peg Lane car park, off Crest View Drive, Petts Wood.

Where to take a break: The Rising Sun for some sushi (near Petts Wood station)

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“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” – Henry David Thoreau

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13. Osterley Park Stroll in Isleworth

Osterley House

Osterley Park has a wonderful landscape of parkland and gardens. This walk includes flat grassy paths that are perfect for a gentle stroll. At Osterley Park House you will find trees, parks, gardens and a pond/streams that form three long lakes. Please keep in mind that this park is closed in the evenings.

Best for: Beautiful lakes, gardens and easy paths

Distance: 2.5km (1.5 miles)

Duration: 30 minutes

Route details: Osterley Park Walk (National Trust)

Start & finish: visitor car park

Getting There: You can get the train to Isleworth station (1.5 miles from the park) or Osterley underground which is (.5 miles from park). If you are driving, take the A4 between Hammersmith and Hounslow and follow brown tourist signs. From the west M4 exit 3 then follow A312/A4 towards central London. You will find the main gates at the junction with Thornbury and Jersey Roads. The car park is open from 7am to 6pm.

OS Landranger Map: 176

OS Explorer Map: 161 and 173

Where to take a break: Stables Cafe

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14. Ham House From Richmond Walk

Thames Path in Richmond

This walk covers footpaths and gravel paths. The walk begins at Richmond Station and passes the main entrance to Ham House. This circular walk has great views and takes you for a rural riverside stroll along the Thames Path.

Best for: A peaceful riverside walk

Distance: 7km (4.5 miles)

Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours

Route details: Ham House from Richmond Walk (National Trust)

Start & finish: Richmond Overground/Underground Station

Getting There: You can get to station fairly quickly from Central London (within 40 minutes). There are also many bus routes that will get you there – 65, 190, 371, 391, 419, 490, 493, H22, H37, R68, R70. If you are driving, there is a pay and display car park at Richmond station.

OS Landranger Map: 176

OS Explorer Map: 161

Where to take a break: Pizzeria Rustica (near Richmond station)

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15. Octavia Hill Centenary Trail in Toys Hill

Octavia Hill Centenary Trail

This walk celebrates the life of Octavia Hill, founder of the National Trust. You will pass Crockham Hill village, the church where she was buried, head up Mariners Hill, and pass the former home of Winston Churchill.

Best for: Celebrating and remembering Octavia Hill (founder of the National Trust in 1895)

Distance: 9.6km (6 miles)

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

Route details: Octavia Hill Centenary Trail (National Trust)

Start & finish: Toys Hill National Trust car park

Getting There: Trains are running to Sevenoaks station and then you can take the 404 bus to Ide Hill. If you are driving, take the A25 and in Bradsted village take Chart Lane leading to Toys Hill Car Park.

OS Landranger Map: 188

OS Explorer Map: 147

Where to take a break: Raj Bari Indian Restaurant (near Sevenoaks station)

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16. Box Hill to Leatherhead

Box Hill Viewpoint

This walk gets its name from the box trees along the way. However, there are also yew, beech and oak trees that can be seen along the path. This route involves crossing the River Mole on stepping stones. You might have to make a detour if these are under water! After crossing the river, head up the steps on the North Downs Way to the top of Box Hill where you will get a nice view of the valley. This route then takes you through woodland, to Juniper Top, and up White Hill onto Mickleham Downs. At this point you might want to stop for lunch in Mickleham at one of the pubs listed below. Finally, head back along the River Mole valley, through Norbury Park and into the centre of Leatherhead. You should expect two steep climbs – one at Box Hill and the next at White Hill.

Best for: Box trees and hilltop views

Distance: 11.5km (7.1 miles)

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

Route details: Box Hill to Leatherhead Walk (walkingclub.org)

Start & finish: Box Hill & Westhumble Station

Getting There: There are trains running from Victoria station to Box Hill & Westhumble. The journey time is around 50 minutes long. There are six trains an hour (4 on Sundays) from Leatherhead to Victoria or Waterloo (journey time 45 minutes). You should buy a day return to Box Hill & Westhumble. If you are driving, there is a pay and display car park at the station.

Where to take a break: Running Horses Pub or the King William IV Freehouse

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“Walking is man’s best medicine.” – Hippocrates

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17. Alton Circular in Hampshire

Jane Austen's House Museum (also known as Chawton Cottage)

This is the place of inspiration for two famous writers – the naturalist Gilbert White and romantic fiction novelist Jane Austen. This walk takes you past fields to East Worldham and past woods and hidden pastures in Selborne (about which White wrote ‘Natural History‘). You might like to stop off at the Station Cafe or The Queens in Selborne for lunch. Go past Selborne Common to Chawton (the home of Jane Austen). If you ever want to shorten the walk, there are lots of buses along the way. You might like to stop at Gilbert White’s House or Jane Austen’s House during your walk.

Best for: For those who love Jane Austen or Gilbert White

Distance: 21km (13.1 miles)

Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes

Start & Finish: Alton Station

Getting There: There are two trains per hour that run between London Waterloo and Alton (one hourly on Sundays). The journey time is about 1 hour 10 minutes. If you are driving, there is a car park at Alton Station that costs £3.60 a day. You can also find a free car park near Kings Pond or the option of parking anywhere in the town.
OS Landranger Map: 186

OS Explorer Map: 133

Where to take a break: Station Cafe (near Alton Station) or The Queens (in Selborne)

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18. Pluckley Circular in Kent

Wildflowers along the Pluckley Circular Walk

This walk takes you past small farms, timber-framed houses, pastures, apple orchards and ancient oaks. This route is almost completely flat with very gentle gradients. Later on in the walk you get a spectacular view across the plains of the Low Weald. In summer months there are loads of wild-flowers, gardens in bloom and abundant fruit hanging from trees in the orchards. You might like to stop by the Dering Arms near Pluckley station. This was a former hunting lodge that is now an award-winning pub with wonderful seafood. If you want to stop walking earlier, you can stop at the Swan Inn where you can catch a bus to Ashford.

Best for: Apple orchards and stopping at a country pub along the way

Distance: 11km (6.8 miles)

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

Start: Pluckley Station

Finish: Pluckley or Ashford stations

Getting There: Two trains per hour (one per hour on Sundays) from Charing Cross to Pluckley. Journey time is one hour 12-26 minutes. You can expect trains to return to London from Pluckley once every hour. If you are driving, there is a car park at Pluckley Station that costs £2 per day on weekdays but is free on the weekends.

OS Landranger Maps: 189

OS Explorer Maps: 137

Where to take a break: Dering Arms Pub (book in advance!)

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19. The Balcombe Circular

Nyams Garden, West Sussex

The start of this walk takes you past a nature reserve and a lake with a Japanese pavilion. You will also come across Nyams Park, a paradise for any garden enthusiast. This beautiful National Trust garden is set around the ruins of a manor house. Discover daffodils, wild-flowers, magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons. You will also pass St Mary’s Parish Church in Slaugham, home to a 600-year-old yew tree. Also, the ruins of Slaugham Place, once a great Elizabethan manor house. The final part of the walk is along the River Ouse, where you can see a Roman arch and columns. The walk ends through fields and woods to the village of Balcombe.

Best for: Beautiful gardens at Nyams Park

Distance: 17.6km (10.9 miles)

Duration: 5 hours

Route details: Balcombe Circular Walk Instructions (walkingclub.org)

Start & finish: Balcombe train station

Getting There: There are trains running from London Bridge Station to Balcombe train station (journey time 40 minutes). On Sundays there are services from Victoria (journey time 50 minutes). On the way back to London, there are hourly trains running from Balcombe.

OS Explorer Map: 134 and 135

OS Landranger Map: 187

Where to take a break: The cafe at Nyams offers a choice of seasonal food and also a Grab & Go kiosk in the tea garden

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“Once I dreamt of a form of poetry created by the sound of feet walking in the grass.” – Cecilia Vicuna

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20. Hurst Green to Oxted in Surrey

Hurst Green to Oxted Walk

This walk takes you through the hills of north Kent and Surrey and along Greensand Way. Your route is marked by Wolf Woods (with pretty cottages).

Best for: A gentle and relaxing walk in the woods. Lovely for autumn colours and bluebells in the spring!

Distance: 8km (4.7 miles)

Duration: 3 hours

Start: Hurst Green Station

Finish: Oxted Station

Getting There: There are two trains per hour (one on Sunday) that go from London Victoria to Hurst Green. The journey time is 39 – 49 minutes on Sunday. If you are driving, you can park at Hurst Green and get the train back from Oxted at the end of the walk.

Where to take a break: The Carpenters Arms (part-way through the walk) or Robertson’s Tearoom (next to the station)

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21. Guildford to Chilworth in Surrey

Guildford Castle Grounds & Gardens

This route takes you through hidden valleys, ancient woodlands and pretty farmland below the Downs. You can start the walk by stopping at Guildford Castle and admiring the views over the town from the top of the tower. The walk begins with a climb out of Guildford and into Pewley Down. You will find a concrete plinth commemorating the purchase of Pewley Down in 1920 and as a memorial to those who died in World War 1. There are some benches here that are perfect for a picnic. From this point, head through meadows and woods and along a path between hedges. Head downwards into the valley bottom until you eventually reach the North Downs Way. Follow this path to the church of St Martha-on-the-Hill (see St Martha’s Hill). From here the route goes through farmland beneath the North Downs escarpment. Turn south towards Chilworth to head toward the station.

Best for: A lazy stroll.

Distance: 6.4km (4 miles)

Duration: 2 hours

Start: Guildford Station

Finish: Chilworth Station

OS Landranger Maps: 186 and 187

OS Explorer Maps: 145

Getting There: There are trains running several times an hour between London Waterloo and Guilford. The journey time is 38 minutes. If you are driving, you can park at Guildford Station and get back to Chilworth by bus or train.

Where to take a break: The Percy Arms near the station (75 Dorking Road)

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22. Ashtead Common, Epsom Common & Princes Coverts in Surrey

Epsom Common

This is an easy route through the Ashtead Common National Nature Reserve, Epsom Common and the Crown Estates woodland of Prince’s Coverts. You can access the nature reserve from the north side of Ashtead station. You will see well marked hiking trails. This route is under 5 miles in length. You might want to stop by a pub by the A243 (The Star, Malden Rushett).

Best for: A wonderful nature reserve

Distance: 7.4km (4.6 miles)

Duration: 2 hours

Map of the walk: Ashtead Common, Epsom Common & Princes Coverts Walk Map (from about-britain.com)

Start & finish: Ashtead Station

Getting There: There are trains going from London Waterloo to Ashtead station. The journey time is 41 minutes from London Waterloo or 45 minutes from London Victoria.

Where to take a break: The Star Pub

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23. The Polesdon Lacey ‘Big Walk’ in Dorking

Meadow flowers at Polesdon Lacey Estate

This walk is rich in history since it goes through the 1,400 acre estate of the Polesdon Lacey House with land dating back to Roman Times. There are amazing views over the Surrey Hills. This is a challenging hike that takes you into the heart of Ranmore Common, past working farms and ancient woodlands.

Best for: Views over Denbies Hillside and wildlife

Distance: 6.48km (4.2 miles)

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Route details: The Polesdon Lacey Walk (National Trust)

Start & finish: Polesdon Lacey Theatre Lawn

Getting There: Trains are running to Box Hill and Westhumble stations (2 miles from the start). Or trains to Dorking station (4 miles from the start). If you are driving, there is a car park open at Polesdon Lacey House from 7.30am to 7.30pm.

Where to take a break: Polesdon Lacey House

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“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.” – Rumi

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24. Lewes via West Firle Circular in East Sussex

Castle and town of Lewes

This walk begins in the historic town of Lewes, with views over the town and Lewes Castle. You will eventually reach a valley. The middle section of the walk takes you along the South Downs Way with views towards the port of Newhaven. The final part of the walk re-enters Lewes and takes you along the banks of the River Ouse. There are a few steep hills in this walk but the periods in between are level.

The stations help break up each section of this walk:

  • Lewes to Glynde (5km)
  • Glynde to Southease (11.8km)
  • Southease to Lewes (6.5km)

Best for: Views over Lewes Town

Distance: 23.3km (14.5 miles)

Duration: 6 hours

Start & finish: Lewes, Glynde or Southease stations

Getting There: There are trains running twice hourly from London Victoria to Lewes. The journey time is one hour 5 minutes. From London Bridge change at East Corydon. If you are driving, you can park at Lewes station.

OS Landranger Map: 198

OS Explorer Map: 122 and 123

Where to take a break: Firle’s Ramm Inn or cafe at Southover Grange Gardens

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25. Hastings Circular in East Sussex

Hastings Castle, with the Pier and Town Centre in the background


This walk starts at Hastings Station and takes you through Hastings Old Town and along the seafront at Rock-A-Nore. The walk continues along a steep coastal path, in Hastings Country Park with the East Hill funicular railway to your right, and towards Fairlight Glen. Head towards the sign ‘Fairlight picnic site 1 mile, North’s Seat 1.25 miles’ and turn left. After passing some woodland on a single path, you will pass the house of Titus Oates (a notorious fraudster), entrance to Clements Caves and the ruins of Hastings Castle.

Best for: A cliff-top coastal walk

Distance: 9.5km (5.9 miles)

Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes

Start & finish: Hastings Station

Getting There: There are two trains per hour (one on Sundays) that go from Charing Cross to Hastings. If you are driving, you can park in Hastings.

OS Landranger Map: 189 and 199

OS Explorer Map: 124 and 125

Where to take a break: White’s Seafood & Steak Bar (44 George Street, Old Town)

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26. Seaford to Eastbourne in East Sussex

Seven Sisters, East Sussex, Seaford

This is a stunning cliff-top walk and often considered one of the best coastal walks in England. There are beautiful views of the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head along the way. This walk is perfect in summer months since you can swim in the sea along the way at Cuckmere Haven or Birling Gap. Please keep in mind this is a difficult walk with a few steep climbs! The section between Cuckmere Haven and Birling Gap has a few steep ascents and descents. Also there is a long climb up to Beachy Head. If you want to make things easier, you can take the bus (the 12), running from Seaford to Eastbourne via Exceat four times an hour on Mon-Sat. On Sundays you can catch the 13 (twice an hour) at Beachy Head and Birling Gap.

Best for: Sea views!

Distance: 21km (13.1 miles)

Duration: 7 hours

Start: Seaford Station

Finish: Eastborne Station

Getting There: There are two trains an hour (one an hour on Sunday) going from London Victoria to Seaford, changing at Lewes. The journey time is 1 hour 27-34 minutes. There are two direct trains hourly back from Eastbourne to Victoria (only one on Sunday, change at Brighton for the other). The journey time is one hour 29 minutes. If you are driving you can park at Seaford or Exceat and get a bus back at the end of the walk from Eastbourne. You can also park in Lewes and catch trains to Seaford and back from Eastbourne.

OS Landranger Map: 199

OS Explorer Map: 123

Where to take a break: Front Room Cafe or Frankie’s Beach Cafe

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27. The Park Circular Walk at Ankerwycke

Ankerwycke Yew Tree

This is a very leisurely stroll through the park at Ankerwycke. The path is generally flat and it is perfect for a relaxed Sunday afternoon excursion. This walk takes you across pretty meadows. Enjoy spotting woodpeckers, dragonflies or a carpet of snowdrops in the spring! The most fascinating part of this walk is that you will find a 2,000 year-old Ankerwycke Yew at the end of the walk.

Best for: A lazy Sunday afternoon and to admire an ancient yew tree.

Distance: 1km (.6 miles)

Duration: 30 minutes

Route details: Ankerwycke Walk Details (National Trust)

Start & finish: Car park at Ankerwycke

Getting There: There are trains running from Wraysbury railway station (this is .8 miles from the start of the walk). If you are driving head to Wraysbury Road, follow the road round to the left and after 1 mile you will find Magna Carta Lane on your left.

OS Landranger Map: 175 or 176

Where to take a break: There is a National Trust tea-room open daily from 9am-5pm at nearby Runnymede visitor centre

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“We live in a fast-paced society. Walking slows us down.” – Robert Sweetgall

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10 thoughts on “27 Beautiful Country Walks Near London

  • Sumayyah
    on November 2, 2016

    Love this. Amazingly detailed and precised with beautiful photos! I am new to London and this is an Easter Egg for me and my husband! Thanks a bunch! and please keep posting I love all of your work.

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    • admin
      on February 8, 2017

      Hi Sumayyah – thanks for your positive feedback. I really hope you had a nice visit and enjoyed some lovely walks.

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  • Carol Klein
    on February 15, 2017

    Absolutely beautiful and so helpful. Thank you!!

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    • admin
      on February 15, 2017

      Hi Carol – You are very welcome! I hope you can enjoy one of these wonderful walks soon. 🙂

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  • Anna
    on February 21, 2017

    Thanks for this! I moved to the UK a few months ago and have been itching to explore the country. Can’t wait to take some of these walks 🙂

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    • admin
      on March 29, 2017

      Hi Anna – you’re welcome. Enjoy 🙂

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  • Sarah
    on March 5, 2017

    I’ve lived in London for almost three years, after moving from Australia, and have so missed the outdoors. I’ve just discovered your webpage and can’t wait to try some of these very accessible walks. Thank you for sharing!

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    • admin
      on March 29, 2017

      Hi Sarah – Yes, there are so many amazing walks just outside of the city! Enjoy x

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  • Nada
    on April 9, 2017

    This is so wonderful! I’ve lived in London for 8 years now, and haven’t even known of most of these walks. Such a well research article. Thankyou so much. I’ve got some things to look forward to in the summer sun now 🙂

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    • admin
      on April 9, 2017

      Hi Nada – Thanks for the positive feedback! I hope you have an amazing summer in the sunshine and walking through nature 🙂 xx

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