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.

Hughenden countryside

Countryside at Hughenden

With over 680 acres to explore, the estate at Hughenden offers some of the best of the Chilterns countryside, from native beech woodlands to the wide expanses of the chalk hills and valleys.

Flint House Cliveden

Wonders of the woodlands at Cliveden

As well as majestic trees, tranquil glades and far-reaching views there are 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.

Autumnal trees and green slopes at Polesden Lacey

Explore the estate at Polesden Lacey

Enjoy a peaceful walk in the woodland. Explore our wonderfully diverse 1400 acre estate to discover birds, butterflies, beautiful viewpoints and dappled shade.

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

The lake surrounded by mist at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Explore 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. With easy access to Mariner's Hill or further trails out to Toys Hill, Emmetts Garden or Westerham, the estate is always a constant hive of activity, waiting to be discovered.

A view across the Kent countryside from Toys Hill, a National Trust countryside site in Kent

Toys Hill

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

Friends walking in Margery Woods, 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.