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.

Chiltern Escarpment

The Chilterns 

There's rolling hills, woodland walks and grand houses tucked away in the Chilterns - a perfect patch of countryside on London's doorstep.

Young boy exploring inside the hollow trunk of the ancient Ankerwycke Yew

Explore the enchanted forest at Runnymede, Surrey 

Explore Runnymede and you and the kids can discover the story of the oldest tree looked after by the National Trust - the 2,500-year-old Ankerwycke yew.

View across the lake towards the east front with the 'transparent' portico at Osterley, Middlesex

Osterley's parkland

Learn about Osterley Park, Middlesex, one of the last surviving country estates in London with woodland and an ancient meadow.

Ashridge Estate in autumn

Ashridge Estate

Ashridge Estate boasts ancient trees, rolling chalk downlands and lush meadows.

A view of the manor from the Disraeli monument at Hughenden, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

Countryside at Hughenden

With over 680 acres to explore, the estate at Hughenden offers some of the best of the Chilterns countryside. From beech woodlands to the wide expanses of the chalk hills, follow a waymarked walk or hike.

A woodland path at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire

Wonders of the woodlands at Cliveden

As well as majestic trees, tranquil glades and far-reaching views there's some unusual features to look our for in our woodlands too. Nestled within this landscape of tree-lined rides you'll find curiosities including a flint grotto and a section of giant sequoia tree.

A close up of daisies, with a view of Ranmore Common in the background

The estate at Polesden Lacey

Explore our wonderfully diverse 1400 acre estate.

A blanket of leaves covers the ground between the trees

Petts Wood and Hawkwood

An oasis of peace and tranquillity only 13 miles south-east from the centre of London

Enjoy a walk at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Walking the estate at Chartwell

With over 80 acres of woodland and farmland belonging to the Chartwell estate, there are plenty of places to explore, walk or take your dog.

Bluebells in the woodland around Emmetts Garden and Toys Hill, National Trust places in Kent

Toys Hill

Discover the place that inspired Octavia Hill to found the National Trust

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

Walking on the Surrey Hills

Come and enjoy walking across the Surrey Hills with trails that take in military history, woodland and water ways.