Circular walks in the South East

Why walk from A to B when you can stroll from A all the way back to A again? Start at the end and finish at the beginning as you loop around some of our top circular walks. Built for convenience but without scrimping on the scenery, you’ll find everything from panoramic hilltop views of Surrey at Box Hill or a rural Arts and Crafts idyll at Standen, to white sandy beaches on the coast at East Head.

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This article was created before the coronavirus crisis, and may not reflect the current situation. There may be restrictions in place on some of these walks. Please make sure you check web pages for individual places before you travel for booking details and the most up to date information about visiting

Sun setting over a view of Broadwood's Tower at Box Hill, Surrey
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Box Hill Happy Valley walk 

The route takes in some of Box Hill's hidden woodland and Broadwood's Tower, with some wonderful views of the Surrey countryside along the way - there are a series of steep steps part way round this route.

Summer evening sun on a yew tree at Box Hill, Surrey
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Box Hill Juniper Top walk 

Try our 4-mile walk through some of Box Hill's finest scenery and views, glorious in every season. Start and finish close to our café and follow stretches of the North Downs Way to the grassland summit at Juniper Top.

A family walking towards the viewpoint at Box Hill, Surrey in autumn
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Box Hill hilltop stroll 

Enjoy Surrey's finest scenery on a gentle circular walk introducing some of the interesting features around the summit of Box Hill. Find Box Hill Fort, Peter Labilliere's grave stone, get a glimpse of Swiss Cottage and enjoy one of the best views in Surrey from Salomon's memorial.

Autumn colour on Headley Heath Surrey
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Headley Heath 

Enjoy stunning views on this moderate walk over some uneven terrain of open heathland, woodland and chalk downland.

Runnymede Magna Carta Memorial
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Wander through woodlands, wetlands and wildflower meadows. Explore Langham Pond and the ancient woodlands which form a Site of Special Scientific Interest for many rare and endangered species.

Visitor admiring the ruins of St Mary's Priory at Ankerwycke, Surrey
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Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the park at Ankerwycke over gentle terrain. Wander along the banks of the River Thames and come face to face with the 2,000 year-old Ankerwycke Yew tree. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Woodland Abinger Roughs Surrey
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Abinger Roughs and Netley Park 

A fairly strenuous 6.2 mile walk through woodland, farmland, open countryside and grassland, with a pub stop en-route and glorious views.

View over escarpment of North Downs from Reigate Fort
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Reigate Hill and Gatton Park 

Enjoy a walk through woodland, heathland and onto Colley Hill with a well-earned stop at the pub on the way. Fairly flat ground, can be muddy in places.

The Octavia Hilll trail is an easy walk
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Hydon's Ball and Heath 

Enjoy a short exhilarating circular walk through cool shady woodland and across open heathland; a perfect walk for energetic exploring families.

Autumn colour at Polesden Lacey
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Polesden Lacey 

Travel through some beautiful ancient woodland and enjoy stunning views at Denbies Hillside as you follow the circular route from Polesden Lacey across Ranmore Common. This trail is not signposted on the estate.

Walkers head along the ridge of Chillerton Down towards the transmitter mast
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Chillerton Down 

Investigate Chillerton Down, a beautiful area of downland, farmed and wooded valleys hidden away in the middle of the Isle of Wight. Discover dew ponds, wild flowers and pass the landmark mast of the Chillerton Down Transmitting Station.

Standen and surrounding estate, West Sussex
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Explore historic woodland, flower meadows and ancient sandstone rock outcrops on this circular walk that takes in Weir Wood Reservoir.

A tree that can be left to continue as a hollow shell
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Petworth House and Park 

Discover more about the amazing ancient trees that dominate the skyline of Petworth Park on this circular walk.

Bob's Oak at Ashridge, Herts
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Ashridge Estate 

Discover the ancient trees of Ashridge and find out more about the original park planting on this woodland walk.

Pitstone Windmill Ashridge Estate, Herts
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Pitstone Windmill 

A great circular walk passing the Bridgewater Monument and Pitstone Windmill on the Ashridge Estate, with views across the Chilterns and the Vale of Aylesbury.