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|Albury Park||2 miles (4 km)||Explore the Albury Estate on this pleasant walk in Surrey. There's 150 acres of parkland with lots of walking trails to try. Features include peaceful woodland, pretty lakes and the River Tillingbourne. There is also the Grade II listed Albury country house and the Saxon Old St Peter and St Paul's Church to see.|
The walk starts from the Grade I listed church and follows footpaths through woodland and parkland to the nearby village of Shere. Here you will find a Norman church, old village houses and a tea room for refreshments. The walk then follows the Fox Way and other footpaths to return you to Albury.
If you'd like to extend your walk then you could continue along the Fox Way to the nearby Blackheath Common. The tranquil Silent Pool is also nearby.
|Ashtead Common National Nature Reserve||3 miles (5 km)||This 500 acre ancient wooded common is also a National Nature Reserve. There are miles of quiet cycling and walking paths taking you to woodland, scrub grassland, a meadow, ponds and streams. There are also two ancient Scheduled Monuments - a Roman villa and a triangular earthwork. |
The route below begins and ends at the conveniently located Ashtead Railway Station at the southern end of the common. The adjacent Epsom Common is a great option if you would like to continue your outing. Horton Country Park is nearby while the Thames Down Link also runs past the site.
|Banstead Downs||3 miles (5 km)||This walk crosses Banstead Downs Site of Special Scientific Interest in Surrey. The downs are very pretty in the summer with the open grass chalkland covered in a variety of wildflowers. You'll pass Gally Hills and through some attractive woodland as you make your way along the path. From the high points there are great views towards the city of London. |
The downs support a huge variety of interesting plants and flowers. Look out for common spotted orchid, early purple orchids, vetch, horse-shoe vetch, ox-eye daisy and purging flax. Wildlife includes roe deer, fox, rabbit and stoat. Notable bird sightings include Kestrels, Buzzards and Sparrowhalk. In the summer months you can see lots of butterflies around the wildflowers. Keep your eyes peeled for Common Blue, Chalkhill Blue and Marbled White.
You can start your walk from Banstead rail station which is right next to the downs. From here pick up the London Loop footpath to take you across the site.
To extend your walking in the area you could follow the London Loop north to Nonsuch Park. It's a lovely park with wide lawns, pretty gardens, woodland and the impressive Nonsuch Mansion. If you head east you'll soon come to Oaks Park in Carshalton. It's a pretty little park with a nice cycling and walking trail.
Just to the south of Banstead you'll find Banstead Woods. The lovely bluebell woods have a nice nature trail to try.
|Banstead Heath||3 miles (5 km)||This large open space in Banstead has lots of walking trails to follow. There's also bridleways which are suitable for cyclists. Part of the Banstead Commons the heath covers 760 acres with miles of paths popular with dog walkers and cyclists. It's a very pretty area with meadow grasses, wildflowers, woodland and mixed heather. It's great for wildlife too with Linnet, Yellowhammers, Redpoll, Reed Bunting and a variety of butterflies to look out for.|
The Epsom Downs circular walk skirts the heath so you could pick this up to extend your walk. Also nearby are Banstead Downs and Banstead Woods.
|Banstead Woods||2 miles (4 km)||These lovely woods in Surrey have miles of well marked walking paths and a nature trail to follow. There's over 230 acres to explore with lots of pretty bluebells in the spring months.|
You can start your walk from the Holly Lane car park at the north eastern corner of the woods. Chipstead and Kingswood train stations are also very nearby. The car park gives direct access to the nature trail where you can see lots of interesting flora and fauna. Look out for wild primroses, purple emperor butterflies and willow warblers as you make your way along the ancient woodland trail.
You can extend your walking in the area by picking up the Banstead Countryside Walk. This 5 mile self guided trail explores Chiphouse Wood, Ruffett Wood and the attractive countryside surrounding the town.
If you enjoy this walk then you could head a couple of miles north and visit Banstead Downs. The downs are located just to the north of the town and consist of open grass chalkland, wildflowers and nice views towards London from the high points.
A couple of miles to the west is Epsom Common where you can explore the famous racecourse and enjoy attractive chalk downland, grassland and woodland.
|Basingstoke Canal Walk||33 miles (53 km)||Follow the Basingstoke canal from Up Nately to Woodham, on this delightful waterside walk. The walk passes Fleet and Woking and includes regular views of the lovely Hampshire and Surrey countryside.|
|Bedfont Lakes Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||This water-focused nature reserve, has 180 acres of rolling meadows, woodlands and lakes. Over 300 plants and 140 bird species have been recorded in the park. The park offers a wide range of activities including, walking, picnics, a trim trail, orienteering and fishing. Bedfont Lakes is located near Ashford train station.|
|Blackheath Common||2 miles (4 km)||This large area of heathland and woodland near Albury is very popular with walkers and cyclists. There's 250 acres to explore on a myriad of footpaths and bridleways. The area consists of lowland heathland, woodland and acid grassland. |
You can park at the Blackheath car park on Blackheath Lane to start your outing. Chilworth railway station is also just to the north of the common. This is another good start point if you are coming by public transport. The paths then take you across the common and through Blackheath Forest. There's some nice sandy paths and lots of pretty heather to look out for in the late summer.
It's easy to extend your walking in this lovely area. You can follow the Downs Link to St Martha's Hill. It's a couple of miles to the north of the common with the path passing Chilworth Manor on the way. From the 574 feet (175 m) hill summit there are great views over the North Downs.
Other footpaths head north east from the common taking you to Albury Park. The 150 acre estate includes parkland, woodland and pretty lakes.
|Blackwater Valley Footpath||23 miles (37 km)||This is a nice easy waterside walk along the Blackwater River from Aldershot to Swallowfield.|
The walk starts at the delightful Rowhill Nature Reserve in Aldershot and heads along the river to Farnborough, passing Gold Valley Lakes and Willow Park on the way. From Farnborough you continue through Frimley Hatches Nature Reserve and Blackwater to the splendid Tri Lakes Country Park near Yately. The final section takes you on to Swallowfield via Eversley.
With lakes, wetlands, rivers, canals and ponds there is a huge variety of water loving wildlife to look out for on this super walk through the beautiful Blackwater Valley.
|Box Hill Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||This park is run by the National Trust and has a number of splendid walking trails to enjoy. There are panoramic views of the western Weald and a riverside stroll along the River Mole. There are also excellent facilities with the Box Tree cafe and shop which sells local produce. Box Hill is located ust north of Dorking in Surrey. |
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could follow the North Downs Way a few miles west to Ranmore Common. Here you will find miles of great walking and cycling trails through woodland and open download with great views of the Surrey Hills.
|Brighton Way||54 miles (87 km)||A super route though the South Downs from Horley to Brighton. The trail passes Crawley, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill before finishing on the south coast. The walk has several train stations dotted along the route so you can easily do this one in manageable sections. Highlights include the Ardingly Nature Reserve and reservoir near Balcombe. The walk also climbs Ditchling Beacon where there are fabulous views of the South Downs.|
|Chantry Wood||2 miles (3.5 km)||Explore 200 acres of woodland and meadows on this circular walk in Chantry Wood in Guildford. There's miles of woodland trails to follow with the North Downs Way passing along the northern edge of the forest (you can see some of this section on the google street view link below). There's a fair amount of climbing on the trails with nice views over the surrounding area from the high points. Look out for carpets of pretty bluebells in the springtime and a variety of birdlife all year round.|
This walk starts at the car park at the eastern end of the woods and follows the North Downs Way across the northern edge before picking up other trails to return you to the start point.
Just to the east you will find St Martha's Hill. You can climb to the 574 feet (175 m) summit and enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding area.
Also nearby is Newlands Corner where there are woodland trails and open chalk downland with wonderful views over the Surrey Hills.
|Chobham Common||3 miles (5.5 km)||Enjoy a circular walk or cycle around this large common in Surrey. The common covers hundreds of acres and has a series of good footpaths over grassland, lowland heath and woodland. The area is also crisscrossed with wide bridleways which are ideal for an off road cycle.|
Chobham Common is the largest National Nature Reserve in the south east of England. As such there is a diverse range of flora and fauna. Look out for over 100 species of bird including the rare dartford warbler, the hobby and the nightjar. In the wetland areas look out for frogs, newts, adders, grass snakes, lizards, slow worms, foxes and possibly deer. Plants and flowers include purple heather, gorse and orchids. It's a really attractive area with lots of nice stony footpaths to follow. You could easily spend a few hours strolling around looking out for wildlife.
This circular walk starts at the car park on Staple Hill and follows various footpaths past Albury Bottom to Gracious Pond. You then follow woodland paths and bridleways back to the car park.
If you would like to continue your walk then you could head a few miles north to the lovely Virginia Water Lake.
|Claremont Park||2 miles (4 km)||This is a walk through Claremont Park and the beautiful Claremont Landscape Garden in Esher. The park boasts a wonderful large lake, wide lawns and an unusual turfed amphitheatre.|
If you would like to continue your exercise why not visit the nearby Esher Common with its footpaths, woodland, ponds and cycle track.
|Colley Hill||2 miles (3 km)||Climb to the 722 ft (220 m) summit of Colley Hill on this walk in the North Downs. Colley Hill is located just to the west of Reigate Hill. It's a satisfying climb with great views over Surrey to the South Downs. |
You start off at the Wray Lane car park near Gatton Park and follow the North Downs Way west to the hill summit. You'll pass Reigate Fort, woodlands and grassland with pretty wildflowers in the summer. As you climb you can enjoy great views of Box Hill and Leith Hill. You'll also pass the interesting Inglis Memorial.
If you'd like to extend your walk then the Reigate Hill and Gatton Park Walk also starts from the Wray Lane car park.
|Colne Valley Way||11 miles (17 km)||Travel through the Colne Valley on this walk from Staines to Uxbridge.
The walk starts by the River Thames in Staines and begins with a lovely section around King George VI and Wraysbury Reservoirs that takes you to Colnbrook. This section also passes across the delightful Staines Moor where you enjoy views of the Wraysbury River and River Colne. The area of grassland attracts grazing horses and cattle with a variety of birdlife around the streams and reservoirs.
From Colnbrook you continue north with a waterside section along the River Colne with views of Little Britain lake. The walk finishes at Uxbridge in the London Borough of Hillingdon.
|Devil's Punch Bowl||5 miles (8 km)||This walk in the Surrey Hills AONB takes you through Hindhead Common, up Gibbet Hill and to the Devil's Punch Bowl - a large natural amphitheatre and beauty spot. The area is National Trust owned so there is a car park, cafe and well marked footpaths.|
You start at the car park and head through the Devil's Punch Bowl which has become a natural nature reserve, filled with heathland, streams and woodland. You then climb Gibbet Hill - the second highest hill in Surrey at 272 metres (892 ft). From here there are magnificent views over the Devil's Punchbowl, Thursley, Hankley Common, Crooksbury Hill, the South Downs, Godalming and Guildford. The hills of Haslemere and Blackdown can also be seen, while on a clear day the iconic buildings of London are also visible. You then follow more woodland tracks across the common before returning to the start point.
The area is good for walkers but also popular with mountain bikers as there are many wide downhill tracks to enjoy.
If you would like to extend your walk you could head to the nearby Leith Hill-the highest point in the South East with fabulous views over London and the English Channel. The Greensand Way also runs through the area so you could pick this up to continue your walk.
The delightful Frensham Country Park is also just a few miles away.
Thursley National Nature Reserve is located a couple of miles to the north and has miles of footpaths through heathland and woodland with a huge variety of wildlife.
|Downs Link||36 miles (58 km)||This is a terrific walking or cycling path running from St Martha's Hill to Shoreham-by-Sea and linking the North and South Downs National Trails.|
You start on St Martha's Hill will terrific views of the Surrey countryside before heading south to Cranleigh along the Wey and Arun Canal. The path continues to Rudgwick and then onto the delightful Southwater Country Park. The next stage takes you to Henfield and then onto Bramber with its ruined castle. The final stage runs along the River Adur taking you to Shoreham-by-Sea.
|Epsom Common||2 miles (4 km)||Follow this cycle and walking track around this large open space in Surrey. There are peaceful woodland trails, several ponds, fields with grazing cows and a wide variety of wildlife (the site is also a local nature reserve). |
If you would like to continue your exercise why not visit the nearby Horton Country Park or follow the Thames Down Link which passes through the common. The adjacent Ashtead Common National Nature Reserve also has miles of cycling and walking paths to enjoy.
Just to the south east you will find Epsom Downs. You can follow a footpath across the famous racecourse and enjoy attractive chalk downland, grassland and woodland.
|Epsom Downs||5 miles (8 km)||This circular walk takes you around Epsom Downs racecourse in Surrey. The downs consist of attractive chalk downland, grassland and woodland. You'll also enjoy wonderful views across the famous racecourse which hosts the Epsom Derby and the Oaks.|
You can start your walk from the Tattenham Corner car park at the northern end of the downs. Tattenham Corner train station is also very close to the start of the walk so you can easily visit by public transport. The footpath then passes through the course, heading across Walton Downs towards Walton on the Hill. The route then skirts the edge of Banstead Heath before returning to the car park via Tadworth Farm.
The area is great for wildlife spotting. Look out for Skylarks and various butterflies including the rare Chalk Hill Blue.
The walk can be extended by further exploring Banstead Heath which is criss crossed with miles of footpaths.
There's lots of good options if you'd like to extend your walking in the area. A couple of miles to the north west you'll find Epsom Common and Ashtead Common National Nature Reserve. Both of these large open spaces have nice walking trails to follow. The Thames Down Link passes through Ashstead Park just to the west of the downs.
National Cycle Network Route 22 crosses part of the downs so you can bring your bike too.
You can explore large sections of the racecourse using the google street view link below.
|Esher Common||4 miles (6 km)||Enjoy a cycle or walk around this large open space in Surrey. There are miles of peaceful woodland footpaths and a nice off road cycle track. The route will take you to two large ponds and the nearby Fairmile common. The common is a local nature reserve so look out for a variety of wildlife.|
If you would like to continue your exercise why not visit the nearby Claremont Park with its beautiful landscaped gardens and the adjacent West End Common.
|Fox Way||39 miles (63 km)||This circular walk takes you on a tour of the countryside, woodland and canals surrounding Guildford in Surrey. You will pass through the stunning North Downs and Surrey Hills AONBs, visting a series of pretty villages, historical sites and sites of scientific interest.|
The walk starts and ends at the village of Ripley and first visits The Silent Pool. This interesting site is run by the Surrey Wildlife Trust as part of the Albury Estate. It's peaceful, eerie charm is popular with walkers and passers by as it's linked to a folklore tale that says King John abducted a woodcutter’s daughter who drowned in the pool. According to local legend, the maiden can be seen at midnight.
The path then heads on through the village of Shere to Blackheath Common. With 250 acres of attractive heathland it is popular with local cyclists and walkers. You'll also pass the delightful Albury Park with its peaceful woodland, pretty lakes and Saxon Church.
The walk then visits the interesting towns of Godalming and Puttenham and the village of Jacobs Well with several delightful waterside sections along the River Wey to enjoy.
|Frensham Country Park||5 miles (8.5 km)||This park is run by the National Trust and contains the lovely Frensham Ponds which attract a variety of rare birds such as the reed bunting, sedge warbler, great crested grebe, nightjars and woodlarks. There are a number of peaceful footpaths taking you around the ponds and through the heathland which includes a mixture of purple heathers, bright yellow gorse and rich green bracken. The park also contains bridleways which can be used by cyclists.|
If you'd like to continue your outing you could head to the nearby Devil's Punch Bowl and Gibbet Hill. Here you'll find miles of cycling and walking trails through a natural nature reserve, filled with heathland, streams and woodland. Thursley National Nature Reserve is located a few miles to the east and has miles of footpaths through heathland and woodland with a huge variety of wildlife.
Just to the south you will find the splendid Sculpture Park in Churt.
|Goldsworth Park Lake||1 miles (1 km)||Enjoy a short stroll around the lake in this pretty park in Woking. The lake has a well surfaced walking path around its perimeter and attracts a variety of birdlife - look out for coot, geese, great crested grebe and mandarin duck. |
Horsell Common is only about a mile away and is a good option if you would like to continue your walk.
|Greensand Way||107 miles (173 km)||The Greensand Way runs from Haslemere in Surrey to Hamstreet in Kent following the ridge of greensand rock that crosses the two counties. The route takes in two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the Surrey Hills and the Kent Downs - as well as numerous Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Highlights include
|Hankley Common||3 miles (5.5 km)||Explore this large area of heathland and pine woodland on this walk near Elstead in Surrey. There's lots of paths to follow with some moderate climbs and great views over the surrounding countryside.|
The land is owned by the MOD so there may be training exercises at certain times but the area is also open to the public.
The common is located very close to the excellent Frensham Country Park where you will find more trails taking you around the beautiful Frensham Ponds and the surrounding woodland and heathland.
Just to the east is Thursley National Nature Reserve and Thursley Common. The The Sculpture Park Churt and the Devil's Jumps. These three small hills are located on the southern edge of the common. Follow the paths over Kettlebury Hill to reach them.
|Hatchlands Park||3 miles (4.5 km)||Explore the 430 acres of parkland and gardens surrounding this red-brick country house in East Clandon. The park is run by the National Trust who have devised some fine waymarked walking trails. One of these is the 'Long Walk', a circular walk of around 3 miles which takes you around the edge of the park through woodland and open parkland. There are also lovely views of the surrounding Surrey Hills.|
The walk starts at the car park and heads past the pretty sheepwash pond where you can look out for herons, terns and kingfishers. The route then passes woodland with honeysuckle, cherry blossoms and specimen pine trees. You continue past open fields with cattle and horses before another woodland section through Little Wix Wood. The final section involves a short climb to a viewpoint before returning to the house.
The Long Walk is the one shown here but there are other shorter waymarked trails if you prefer. The easier Wix Wood walk is marked with blue markers and gives great views of the country house.
The area is excellent for walkers so if you wanted to continue your walking you could head to the nearby Albury Park.
|Headley Heath||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy cycling and walking trails in this large area of open heathland, woodland and chalk downland in the Surrey Hills. The heathland is very attractive with yellow gorse, bluebell woods and purple heathers in the warmer months. It's great for wildlife too. Look out for badgers, deer and birds such as stonechats, linnets, meadow pipits and woodlarks. It's a great area to visit from London as it's only a short distance from the capital.|
This circular route starts at the car park and takes you around the edge of the common on good bridleways. There are other trails to try such as the butterfly walk where you could see 25 species of butterfly. There's also the Lizard Trail which visits ponds with newts, frogs and many different water plants.
If you'd like to continue your exercise then you could head to the nearby Box Hill Country Park.
|Holmbury Hill||3 miles (4.5 km)||Climb to the 856 feet (261 m) summit of Holmbury Hill on this circular walk in the Surrey Hills. The hill is the fourth highest point in the county and commands wonderful views over the surrounding area.|
The walk starts in the village of Holmbury St Mary, next to the church. You then pick up the Greensand Way and follow it through Hurt Wood to the hill summit where you will find an Iron Age hillfort and great views over the Weald of Sussex. You descend on more good woodland trails, returning you to the village. The area is also good for mountain bikers with a number of bridleways through Hurt Wood to try.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could head east and climb the nearby Leith Hill, the highest point on the Greensand Ridge.
If you head west you can climb Pitch Hill and explore the expansive Hurt Wood and Winterfold Forest.
|Holmwood Common||2 miles (3.5 km)||This National Trust managed common has miles of walking trails to try. The area covers 650 acres and consists of ancient woodland, grassland and several ponds. It's great for wildlife with butterflies, dragonflies, deer and a variety of birdlife including chiffchaffs, blackcaps and willow warblers. The common is also good for cycling with a number of flat trails to follow.|
If you would like to extend your walking in the area then you could climb the nearby Leith Hill.
|Horsell Common||2 miles (4 km)||This 880 acre common in Woking is a great place for a peaceful walk. There are miles of woodland walking paths, a number of Bronze Age barrows, wet areas, ponds and protected heathland. Look out for birdlife which includes nightjar, woodlark and Dartford warbler.|
The common is famous for its sand pits which were used by H.G. Wells as the site of the first Martian landing in his novel The War of the Worlds.
|Horton Country Park||3 miles (5.5 km)||This country park and nature reserve is located near Epsom in Surrey. Here you will find a rural landscape of fields, hedgerows, woods and ponds of great wildlife and historical value. There are 400 acres of park to explore on a series of well laid out trails. The park is open to cycles with lovely flat paths like the one in the video below to enjoy. |
If you would like to continue your exercise you could head to the nearby Epsom Common or Ashtead Common National Nature Reserve which have more cycling and walking paths. The Three Downs Link and the London Loop trails also run past the park.
|Hydon's Ball and Hydon Heath||1 miles (2 km)||This National Trust owned hill is one of the high points of Surrey and a great place to stretch your legs. The area is covered with attractive heathland and woodland with fantastic views from the hill top. The woodland includes oak, rowan, birch and pine with birds such as Nightingales, siskin and brambling to look out for on the way. |
This walk starts at the National Trust car park and follows the Octavia Hill trail up to the 179 m (587 ft) summit. Here you will find a stone seat memorial to Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the National Trust. You can stop and enjoy the wonderful views towards the South Downs and the nearby Black Down. After taking in the views you descend on different paths to the car park.
You can easily extend your walk by continuing south from Hydon's Ball to the Greensand Way which runs through nearby Hambledon.
You could also visit the splendid Winkworth Arboretum from the same car park. Follow the footpaths north east through Busbridge Woods and the Juniper Valley for just over a mile and you will arrive at the arboretum. The woods have good footpaths, landscaped lakes and over 1,000 different shrubs and trees.
|Lakeside Nature Reserve||1 miles (2 km)||A short walk around the peaceful Lakeside Nature Reserve in Aldershot. The reserve is a complex of wet habitats including river, ponds, lakes, reed beds, orchid meadow and wet woodland. The site includes the Basingstoke Canal and Gold Valley Lakes - a popular place for fishing (see video below)|
|Leith Hill||4 miles (6 km)||Climb to the highest point in the South East on this challenging walk in the Surrey Hills AONB. Leith Hill is located near Dorking and is also the highest point on the Greensand Ridge. On the summit of Leith Hill is an 18th century Gothic tower, with panoramic views northwards to London and south to the English Channel. The area is run by the National Trust so the tower has been restored and contains a viewing point with a telescope and refreshments at the Tower servery. There are also self guided trails through woodland, farmland and parkland.|
The walk begins at the car park on the western side of the hill and takes you to the high point on the Greensand Way long distance footpath. You then head towards Coldharbour and Whiteberry Hill, crossing Wotton Common, before returning to the car park.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby village of Holmbury St Mary and climb Holmbury Hill for great views over the Weald of Sussex.
|Lightwater Country Park||3 miles (5.5 km)||This park is located in Camberley, Surrey, and comprises 145 acres of heathland habitat, woodland, shrubs and lowland bog. These habitats offer the opportunity to observe a wide variety of wildlife, birds, mammals, plants and insects. There are a number of fine walking trails in the park and an excellent visitor centre with a wealth of information.|
|London Loop||149 miles (240 km)||Also known as the London Outer Orbital Path, this walk takes you on a tour of the parks, woods and fields around the edge of Outer London. You start at Erith, on the River Thames and pass through Crayford, Orpington, Petts Wood, Coulsdon, Kingston upon Thames, Uxbridge, Elstree, Cockfosters, Chingford and Upminster Bridge before finishing back on the River Thames at Purfleet, opposite Erith.
The walk has been divided into 24 manageable sections as follows:
West Wickham Common
The walk is waymarked with a disc featuring a kestrel.
|Mole Gap Trail||6 miles (10 km)||Follow the Mole Gap Trail from Leatherhead to Dorking on this pleasant short walk through the Surrey countryside.|
The walk begins by Leatherhead railway station and heads south along the River Mole towards Dorking. You will pass the 18th century manor house and gardens at Norbury Park and Denbies Wine Estate - the largest vineyard in the UK. The trail then finishes in Dorking town centre.
|Newlands Corner||2 miles (3.5 km)||This lovely beauty spot on the North Downs is great for walking with a number of footpaths to try. There's several nice woodland trails and open chalk downland with wonderful views over the Surrey Hills. This circular walk starts from the excellent Newlands Corner Visitor centre where you will find information, a cafe, picnic tables and a car park. It's located just a few miles east of Guildford town centre so is easily accessible. The walk follows the North Downs Way and other footpaths around the visitor centre. You'll visit Albury Downs and Walnut Tree Bottom with lots of opportunities to sit on one of the many benches and soak in the splendid views. |
It's a great area for flora and fauna. In the summer the grassland is covered with a variety of wildflowers. In the woodland area you may see roe deer, green woodpeckers, nuthatches and tawny owls.
If you would like to extend your walk then you could follow the North Downs Way to the nearby St Martha's Hill.
Also nearby is Chantry Wood where there are some more nice woodland trails and meadows to explore.
|Nonsuch Park||3 miles (5.5 km)||This large park between Cheam and Ewell Village is ideal for a peaceful afternoon stroll or safe family cycle. There are wide lawns, pretty gardens, woodland and Nonsuch Mansion where you can enjoy refreshments and learn about the history of the park and Palace. |
The park is the site of Nonsuch Palace, a Tudor royal palace, built by Henry VIII in the 16th century. It stood from 1538 to 1682–3 and was one of his grandest building projects.
The London Loop runs through the park so you could pick up this trail if you wanted to continue your walk. If you follow it south for just over a mile, you will come to Banstead Downs. The downs are well worth a visit with open grass chalkland, wildflowers and nice views towards London from the high points.
|Painshill Park||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy miles of splendid walking trails in this stunning 18th century landscaped park in Cobham, Surrey. There's 158 acres to explore with lovely waterside footpaths along the large Serpentine Lake and a number of peaceful woodland trails. The River Mole also runs through the southern side of the site.|
The park includes several interesting 18th century buildings including The Ruined Abbey, Turkish Tent, Gothic Temple and Gothic Tower. There is also a vineyard, a large working waterwheel and a fascinating crystal grotto with thousands of crystals including calcite, gypsum and quartz.
The park is also great for flora and fauna. There are many fine specimen trees in distinct areas including the amphitheatre, water meadow and alpine valley. Look out for frogs, toads, various fish and birds around the lake.
Most of the paths are fairly flat but you can enjoy a climb to Tower Hill on the western side of the park. Here you'll find a gothic tower with nice views across the surrounding woodland.
If you'd like to extend your walk you could head to the nearby Wisley Gardens. It's a stunning garden and located only a couple of miles away, on the other side of Wisley and Ockham Common.
|Pilgrims Way||133 miles (214 km)||Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who followed this ancient track from Winchester in Hampshire, to the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury in Kent.|
|Polesdon Lacey||4 miles (6 km)||A walk around the beautiful grounds of this Edwardian house at Great Bookham, near Dorking, Surrey. There are over 1400 acres of parkland and gardens to explore with magnificent views of the North Downs hills throughout.|
|Priory Park Reigate||2 miles (3 km)||This large park in Reigate is great for walking with miles of woodland trails, lakes and formal gardens. You can also climb the Priory Park Ridge for great views across the town and the North Downs. The park is good for flora and fauna with pretty bluebells in the spring, 207 plant species and champion trees which you can see on the tree trail. Look out for a variety of birdlife around the large lake.|
The Greensand Way long distance walk also runs through the park so you can pick this up to continue your walk. Reigate Castle is just a short stroll away so this is another good option.
|Puttenham Common||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy a peaceful walk through the woodland and heathland of Puttenham Common in the North Downs. There are several large ponds and wetland areas that attract a wide variety of wildlife including great crested grebes and grey herons. Look out for roe deer and green woodpecker in the woodland areas. This walk just takes you around Puttenham Common but you could easily extend your walk by heading west to the nearby Crooksbury Common where you can climb Crooksbury Hill for super views of the area. You could also pick up the Fox Way or North Downs Way which run past the common.|
Puttenham Common lies a few miles west of Guildford. You could follow the North Downs Way from Guildford straight to the common.
|Ranmore Common||4 miles (6 km)||This circular walk explores Ranmore Common in the North Downs. It is an excellent area for walking with miles of good footpaths taking you through woodland and open downland, with great views of the Surrey Hills.|
The walk starts from the Denbies Hillside car park and follows the North Downs Way across grassy chalk downland where you will see various types of orchids growing in the summer months. You then pick up bridleways through the common where you will find sheltered woodland trails and some climbs with great viewpoints. The bridleways are also great for cyclists.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could head east along the North Downs Way to the nearby Box Hill Country Park. Here you will find more great walking trails with panoramic views of the western Weald and a riverside path along the River Mole.
|Reigate and Banstead Millennium Trail||18 miles (29 km)||This splendid walk was devised by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to celebrate the new millennium. It follows a series of footpaths, tracks and country lanes from Horley to Banstead via Reigate.|
You start in the delightful Riverside Gardens in Horley and heads north towards Redhill and Reigate where you will pass the Grade I listed Reigate Priory set in 65 acres of open parkland.
The second section takes you through the beautiful North Downs from Reigate to Banstead, finishing on Banstead Common.
|Reigate Hill and Gatton Park||2 miles (3 km)||This circular walk explores Reigate Hill and Gatton Park in the North Downs. It's a great area for walking with the North Downs Way and other good footpaths to follow. The area of chalk download includes woodland trails and grassland with wildflowers. You can also enjoy lovely views over Gatton Park. It was landscaped in the mid-18th century by Lancelot Capability Brown and includes several ponds and a large, picturesque lake.|
You start off at the Wray Lane car park and follow woodland paths towards Gatton Park. There's a super viewpoint over the park and the Serpentine Lake, Japanese Garden, Rock Garden and Walled Garden. Shortly after you come to the fascinating stone circle. They were constructed to celebrate the turn of the millennium with each stone representing a 200 year time period and inscribed with quotes and poems of the era. The next section takes you through open parkland of Gatton Park before a final woodland section through Nut Wood returns you to the car park.
If you'd like to extend your walk you could climb Colley Hill which is about a mile to the west. You could also pick up the Reigate and Banstead Millennium Trail or continue along the North Downs Way.
|River Wey Navigation||20 miles (32 km)||Follow the River Wey Navigation towpath from Godalming to the River Thames at Weybridge on this super waterside walk. The whole of the route is suitable for walkers while cyclists can enjoy a super waterside section in Guildford. |
You start off in Godalming and pass Guildford, Sutton Park, Pyrford and Byfleet before finishing in Weybridge where you can pick up the Thames Path. There's lots of pretty Surrey countryside to see and a series of pretty locks and bridges on the way.
Route highlights include the delightful riverside nature reserve in Guildford and the wonderful Wisley Gardens near Woking. The route also links with the Wey South Path around Guildford.
|Riverside Park Nature Reserve||2 miles (3 km)||This lovely nature reserve in Guildford has nice boardwalks and footpaths to follow through the site. The reserve is located next to the River Wey and has a man made lake, a woodland area and lots of wildlife to look out for. |
There's lots of interesting flora with wildflowers including ox-eye daisies, bluebells and the white flowered meadow sweet, yellow flag iris and bright rose-pink flowers of the willow herb. Water loving birds such as Great crested grebe, water-rails, herons and reed buntings can also be seen in the wetlands area. Keep and eye out for roe deer and rabbits in the woods.
National Cycle Network route 223 runs through the reserve so you can bring your bike too. The route runs from Guildford town centre right to the reserve so it's easy to visit by bike.
To extend your walk you can pick up the Wey South Path and continue along the river to Parsonage Water Meadows which is about a half a mile west of the reserve.
Also nearby is Whitmoor Common where you will find extensive heathland, woodland, grassland and ponds crossed with miles of footpaths.
|Serpent Trail||64 miles (103 km)||This walk runs from Haslemere to Petersfield through the beautiful Sussex greensand hills. The path takes its name both from its serpentine shape and from passing through the habitat of all three British species of snake.|
The route crosses many heathland areas and heads along the greensand ridges in the western Weald, visiting Liphook, Milland, Fernhurst, Petworth, Fittleworth, Duncton, Heyshott, Midhurst, Stedham and Nyewood before reaching the serpent's tail at Petersfield in Hampshire.
The trail is waymarked with white plastic discs showing a snake in the approximate shape of the route on a purple triangle.
Route highlights include a climb to the highest point on the South Downs at Black Down in West Sussex. You'll also visit the pretty Iping and Stedham Commons near Midhurst.
|Silent Pool||1 miles (2 km)||This tranquil lake in the north downs has a circular walkway and surrounding woodland trails. There is parking just off the A25.|
The pool is a popular destination with an eerie stillness and folklore tales. It is said King John on his horse abducted a woodcutter's daughter who was forced into the deep water and drowned.
If you'd like to extend your walk you can follow the woodland trail north from the pool and link up with the North Downs Way. You could then continue to the nearby Newlands Corner. Albury Park is also nearby and is also great for walking.
|St Martha's Hill||2 miles (3 km)||This circular walk visits the lovely St Martha's Hill in the North Downs, near Guildford. From the high points there are tremendous views of the Surrey Hills and Newlands Corner.|
The walk starts from the St Martha's Hill, Guildford Lane Car Park, just east of the hill. You then follow the North Downs Way to the high point and the 19th century church of St Martha's. The hill summit stands at 574 feet (175 m) and commands wonderful views of the surrounding area. There are also a number of nice woodland trails, attractive grassland and a number of interesting plants.
If you'd like to extend your walk then you could visit the nearby Newlands Corner for more great views and woodland footpaths.
Just to the west is Chantry Wood where there are some more nice woodland trails and meadows to explore.
Footpaths leading south from the hill will take you to Blackheath Common where there's nice footpaths and cycle trails to follow through the attractive heathland and woodland.
|St Swithun's Way||34 miles (55 km)||Follow the St Swithun's Way from Winchester to Farnham on this historical walk through the Hampshire and Surrey countryside. The trail gives the walker the opportunity to visit numerous churches with pilgrimage connections.|
The walk begins at the splendid Winchester Cathedral and heads east, through the Itchen Valley towards New Alresford. This opening section includes a long waterside stretch along the River Itchen, passing through the pretty village of Itchen Abbas as you go.
The next section takes you from New Alresford to Alton along country lanes and through a couple of peaceful woodland stretches. You will also pass through the village of Chawton - home to Jane Austen
From Alton you head north-east, following the River Wey through Bentley, before finishing at Farnham in Surrey.
|Staffhurst Wood||1 miles (2 km)||This woodland area near Tandridge is popular with walkers in spring when there are carpets of pretty bluebells and a nice woodland pond to see. There are a number of trails to follow around the woods with the option of extending your walk into the adjacent Great Earls Wood and Merle Common. You can enjoy refreshment at the nearby Royal Oak Pub after your walk.|
There is a car park at the woods but if you wanted to visit the woods by train you could follow the Eden Valley Walk and the Vanguard Way from Edenbridge towards the woods.
|Staines Moor||4 miles (6 km)||This walk takes you across the Staines Moor Site of Special Scientific Interest in Surrey. The walk follows the Colne Valley Way from the River Thames in Staines to Wraysbury Reservoir, near Horton. You'll enjoy nice views of the River Colne and the King George VI Reservoir as you pass across the moor. You'll also pass through the village of Stanwell Moor before walking alongside Wraysbury Reservoir. You can return on the same path or there is a footpath along the Wraysbury River. This would take you back into Staines and turn it into a circular walk.|
The moor is a very pretty area with unimproved grassland which is covered in pretty wildflowers in the summer months. There's also a series of streams, rivers, ponds and lakes attracting birdlife such as tufted ducks, pochard, goosander and common goldeneye. On the rich pasture of the moor you can also see grazing horses and cattle.
The start of the walk can be reached from car parks in the centre of Staines or from the nearby Staines train station.
To extend your walk you could continue along the Colne Valley Way to Colnbrook. You can also pick up the Thames Path and enjoy a riverside stroll to Windsor.
|Sussex Border Path||137 miles (220 km)||A fabulous long distance walk following the Sussex county border from Thorney Island in West Sussex to Rye in East Sussex. |
You begin on Thorney Island with a lovely section along the coast from Emsworth. The route then heads through the South Downs to South Harting and Liphook before continuing to Gospel Green, Rudgwick, Gatwick Airport, Horley and East Grinstead. You then head through the beautiful High Weald, passing Groombridge, Bewl Water and Northiam before finishing in Rye. The walk is well waymarked throughout.
Route highlights include a climb to the highest point on the South Downs at Black Down in West Sussex. You'll also visit the lovely Weir Wood Reservoir and the interesting Bodiam Castle.
|Thames Down Link||15 miles (24 km)||This walk links the Thames Path and North Downs Way National Trails. It starts in Kingston upon Thames and heads south through Epsom Common, Horton Country Park and Mickelham Downs. The route finishes at Westumble near the pretty Box Hill Country Park in Surrey.|
|The Sculpture Park Churt||1 miles (2 km)||This wonderful arboretum in Surrey is filled with 600 amazing sculptures. There's 2 miles of good, woodland footpaths to follow through the 10 acre site. There's also a water garden with sculptures in the lakes and a pretty stream. The pieces are all for sale so the exhibition is always changing. You can easily spend a couple of hours strolling round the site. |
If you'd like to extend your walk then you could head north to the nearby Frensham Country Park where you will find woodland and waterside trails around the two large ponds.
|Thursley National Nature Reserve||5 miles (7.5 km)||This lovely nature reserve has miles of footpaths taking you to fine heathland, ponds, lakes and deciduous woodland. It's one of the finest areas in the country for wildlife with birds including woodlark, Dartford warbler, nightjar, stonechat, whinchat and curlew. Also look out for some very rare butterflies including silver-studded blue, white-letter hairstreak and purple emperor. In the heathland area you may see reptiles such as the rare sand lizard and smooth snake. Rare dragonfly and damselfly can be spotted around the pools and lakes. In the fen and open water area you can see various water loving birds such as great crested grebe, mute swan, coot, water rail and little grebe. Finally in the woodland area you can see woodpeckers, woodcock, redstart, tawny owl, nightingale and hawfinch. |
This circular walk starts at the car park and takes you across Thursley Common to Silkmill Pond and Warren Mere. You then head across Ockley Common and pass Pudmore Pond before returning to the car park.
If you would like to continue your walk you could head to the nearby Frensham Country Park where there are miles of cycling and walking trails.
The Devil's Punch Bowl and Gibbet Hill is also a great option with more cycling and walking trails through a natural nature reserve, filled with heathland, streams and woodland.
The Greensand Way long distance footpath also runs through the common so you could pick this up to continue your walk.
|Valley Gardens||3 miles (5.5 km)||Explore these stunning, colourful gardens located in Windsor Great Park. There are 250 acres of landscaped gardens and woodlands to explore using a series of well defined walking trails.|
One of the main highlights on the walk is the amazing Punch Bowl. This area of the gardens contains numerous multi-coloured azaleas, exploding into a riot of colour in the springtime. Other plants/trees include Magnolia, Mahonia, Pernettya, Rhododendron Species, Glenn Dale azaleas, hardy ferns, Ilex and Dwarf conifers.
This walk starts at the eastern end of the gardens next to the car park. You then pass the 100 foot high totem pole and the Wick Pond as you head to High Flyer's Hill. You return passing the Polo grounds where you may be able to watch a match. You then pass the pretty Obelisk pond before returning to the start point.
If you would like to continue your walk you could head to the nearby Virginia Water Lake where you'll find a delightful lakeside trail.
|Vanguard Way||66 miles (106 km)||This trail runs from the outskirts of London, through Ashdown Forest, Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley to the stunning East Sussex coast.|
Route highlights include the lovely Ashdown Forest, the White Horse near Alfriston and the wonderful final coastal stretch that gives views of the Seven Sisters Cliffs and Tidemills beach. The path also passes through the beautiful Cuckmere Valley with splendid views of the Cuckmere River to enjoy.
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|Virginia Water Lake||4 miles (7 km)||Enjoy a waterside walk around the beautiful Virginia Water in Windsor. The lake is located within the wonderful Windsor Great Park and is surrounded by woodland and gardens. A well defined walking path runs around the lake taking you to a number of interesting sites. You'll pass the 18th century ornamental cascade and the Leptis Magna Ruins - a Roman style temple built from columns and lintels brought from the ancient city of Leptis Magna in the early 19th Century. There is also a striking 100-foot high Totem Pole and the Virginia Water Pavilion built from wood from Windsor Great Forest.|
Right next to the lake are the stunning Valley Gardens. Here you'll find 250 acres of landscaped gardens and woodlands to explore using a series of well defined walking trails. You could also head further into Windsor Great Park to extend your walk.
|Wey South Path||36 miles (58 km)||Follow the Wey River and the Wey and Arun Canal on this wonderful waterside walk through Surrey and Sussex. The route starts off in Guildford and heads south to Rowly and then onto Billinghurst with a section through Sidney Wood on the way. The walk continues towards Pulborough before passing through the delightful Amberley Wild Brooks wetland with its variety of interesting wildlife. The route then comes to an end near Amberley in Sussex. |
Much of the walk follows canal side towpaths with footpaths and minor roads making up the remaining sections.
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|Whitmoor Common||2 miles (3 km)||Explore the heathland, woodland, grassland and ponds on this large area of common land in Guildford. The common is criss crossed with a number of good footpaths. Features include a pretty stream where you can look out for water voles and other wildlife.|
The extensive area of open heathland is surrounded by attractive Scots pine, oak and birch woodland. Look out for other interesting flora such as bell heather, ling and bracken.
This circular walk starts at the car park off Salt Box Road at the southern end of the common. You have the option of continuing your walk in the adjacent Stringer's Common. The common is located across the road just to the south of Whitmoor Common. There's more nice tracks through woodland and around Britten's Pond.
The common is located just a couple of miles north of Guildford town centre. You can further extend your walk by picking up the Wey South Path and enjoying a riverside stroll through Guildford. This will take you to the lovely Riverside Park Nature Reserve and Parsonage Water Meadows.
|Windsor Great Park||8 miles (12.2 km)||A circular cycle or walk around the beautiful Windsor Great Park in Surrey. The park includes 5,000 acres of parkland, which includes a Deer Park, lakes, avenues, gardens, woodland and open grassland. National Cycle Network route 4 runs right through the park while the Three Castles Walk runs along the Long Walk Avenue where there are fabulous views of Windsor Castle. Cyclists please note that cycles are not permitted in the Long Walk.|
If you'd like to continue your exercise you could head to Virginia Water Lake. This large man made lake is located in the southern end of the park. It has a delightful walking trail running around its perimiter. Also of interest are the beautiful Valley Gardens. Located next to the lake they consist of 250 acres of landscaped gardens and woodlands and a series of well defined walking trails.
You can also enjoy a walk along the Thames Path from Windsor to Dorney Lake. The lake has a nice surfaced cycling and walking trail to try.
The Jubilee River also runs past Dorney. The river has a great waterside cycling and walking trail running from Maidenhead to Eton.
|Winkworth Arboretum||2 miles (2.5 km)||Enjoy a series of woodland walking trails in this beautiful arboretum in Godalming. The area is run by the National Trust so there are very good facilities including a free car park and a tea room. In the woods you will find over 1,000 different shrubs and trees with many rare species. These include magnolias, bluebells, azaleas, rhododendron and holly. There are also large landscaped garden lakes, an attractive boathouse and lovely carved benches with animal figures. |
There are three colour coded, waymarked trails to try:- a blue 'Access for All' walk, a yellow 'Taste of Winkworth' walk and a red 'Challenging' walk. Look out for wildlife such as herons, green woodpecker and cormorants.
It's a great place to spend a peaceful afternoon, particularly in autumn when the woods look spectacular.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby River Wey Navigation and enjoy a waterside stroll along the towpath from Godalming.
Just over a mile to the south west is another fine National Trust owned area. Hydon's Ball and Hydon Heath have a waymarked footoath taking you to the Octavia Hill memorial seat where there are splendid views over the Surrey Hills. You can follow footpaths from the arboretum through Busbridge Woods and the Juniper Valley to reach the site.
|Winterfold Forest||4 miles (6 km)||This lovely area of the Surrey Hills is a popular place for walkers and cyclists. Winterfold Wood and the adjacent Hurt Wood have many miles of footpaths and bridleways which are suitable for mountain bikers.|
There are Hurtwood Control car parks on Greensand Lane where you can start your walk or ride. The car park is near to a number of mountain bike trails including the Charles Bronson and the Northern Monkey. These are located just south of the car park. You can see them marked on the open street map link below. There's also the Secret Santa trail. See the video below to give you an idea of what you can expect on this exhilarating ride.
For walkers there are miles of woodland trails with some decent climbs, picnic areas and great viewpoints.
This circular route starts at the Hurtwood Control car park on Winterfold Hill and follows bridleways to the northern part of the forest, visiting Winterfold Heath and Reynards Hill.
The Greensand Way long distance footpath passes through the woods. If you follow it east you can visit Hurt Wood, Pitch Hill and climb to Holmbury Hill. The hill stands at an impressive 856 feet (261 m), giving fine views over the surrounding area.
|Wisley and Ockham Common||2 miles (4 km)||Explore over 800 acres of heathland and woodland on this walk in Surrey. This circular walk starts from the Ockham Common car park and takes you past the lovely Bolder Mere where you can look out for various dragonflies. You then head through Wisley Common on more woodland trails before passing Cockrow Hill and returning to the car park. There's lots of interesting wildlife to look out for including the rare hobby bird.|
The route passes very close to the delightful Wisley Gardens. Wisley is second only to Kew Gardens on the list of the most visited paid entry gardens in the country. Park features include several ponds with fountains and a canal with water lilies.
On the other side of the common you will find Painshill Park. Here you can explore 158 acres of 18th century landscaped parkland with waterside footpaths along the large Serpentine Lake and a number of peaceful woodland trails.
|Wisley Gardens||1 miles (2 km)||These splendid RHS Gardens in Surrey have a number of lovely, well laid out footpaths to follow. Wisley is second only to Kew Gardens on the list of the most visited paid entry gardens in the country. There's lots to see in the park with water features including pretty ponds with fountains and a canal with water lilies. Other highlights include Battleston Hill with its woodland garden, rhododendrons and azaleas. The seven acres garden has a Chinese Pagoda, specimen trees, wide lawns and two ponds. Also visit the huge glasshouse with a plant collection in three climatic zones: dry temperate, moist temperate and tropical. |
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to Painshill Park. It's located just a couple of miles away, on the other side of Wisley common, and has miles of waterside and woodland walking trails to try.
Also nearby are Wisley and Ockham Common where you will find 800 acres of woodland and heathland to explore.
|Witley and Milford Common||2 miles (3 km)||This large area consists of heathland, ponds and birch, oak and pine woodland. It's run by the National Trust and is covered with lots of good footpaths to follow. The area is full of flora and fauna with purple heathers, interesting fungi and birds such as Tree pipits, Nightingales and Woodlarks. |
There's lots of good options to continue your walking in the area. If you head west you will soon come to Thursley National Nature Reserve and Frensham Country Park.
|Woking to West Byfleet||9 miles (14 km)||This easy cycle or walk follows the Basingstoke canal and NCN route 221 from Brookwood, near Woking, to West Byfleet.|
You start at Pirbright Bridge, Brookwood and head east along the towpath through Woking and then onto the finish point at West Byfleet. With pretty locks and woodland views, this tree lined path makes for a nice relaxing ride or stroll. Also there are train stations at either end of the route making it easily accessible.