Countryside within easy reach of London
Need to get outdoors and closer to nature? We look after a range of countryside within easy reach of London, including historic meadows, woodland and plenty of space for walking cycling and picnics. Take a look at our highlights below:
Petersham Meadows, Richmond
Petersham Meadows has been used to graze cattle since the 15th century. Today, feel free to stroll across this local landmark and scene of pastoral tranquillity on the way to Ham House.
The historic meadows at Runnymede contain monuments to famous historical events including the sealing of Magna Carta. You can also enjoy riverside walks on the banks of the Thames and ancient woodland.
Farmland in London? Well yes… Osterley is one of the last surviving country estates in London, with plenty of space for walking and cycling. A perfect retreat from the busy city.
A varied landscape of open downs and woodland across the Chiltern Hills, the Ashridge Estate enjoys fantastic displays of autumn colour and springtime bluebells. You can also soak in panoramic views from the top of the Bridgewater Monument and plenty of wildlife.
Four way-marked walks cover 700 acres of countryside and woodland on the Hughenden Manor estate. Our rangers run exciting activities such as woodland workouts and wild food walks to help you get closer to nature.
While famed for its gardens, Cliveden has extensive woodland lining the steep hills above the Thames. Explore miles of paths with stunning views over the gardens and surrounding countryside.
The estate surrounding the house at Polesden takes in some stunning views and includes woodland and farmland. Pick up a walks leaflet to help you explore. You may spot lambs, sheep or cattle grazing lazily in the fields.
Only 13 miles south east from the centre of London and easy to reach by train, Petts Wood and Hawkwood are an oasis of green and tranquillity. There's plenty of space to escape, explore or just enjoy some simple outdoor pleasures.
Chartwell and Toys Hill
The miles of woodland between Chartwell and Toys Hill are perfect for wildlife spotting and a peaceful walk, with stunning views over the Weald. You can also pick up the Octavia Hill centenary trail here and go onto Ide Hill, Mariners Hill or Emmetts Garden
There’s so much to see and do in the Surrey Hills. Cycle the challenging zig-zag road at Box Hill, enjoy the views at Hindhead and the Devil’s Punch Bowl and Leith Hill or just walk for miles through beautiful countryside and stunning scenery.