Spring walks in London and the South East

The warmer weather and longer days give you a chance to stretch your legs on a spring walk to, from and around our special places in London and the South East. Walk among the wildlife and primroses on your way or discover a carpet of bluebells. When you come and see nature wake up, you’re helping us look after nature for everyone.

Family walking dogs

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

We've started to open some gardens and parks in England and Northern Ireland. To limit numbers and keep everyone safe, you can only visit by booking tickets in advance. A lot of places are now fully booked up to 14 June, but we release new tickets every Friday, and we’re also opening more gardens and parks every week. More than 200 coastal and countryside car parks are also open. All houses remain closed at the moment, and all places in Wales remain closed in line with Welsh government advice. Read this article to find out what's open and what to expect from your visit.

View of the house from the parkland at Hughenden, Buckinghamshire


As nature wakes up after winter, why not enjoy the woodland trails at Hughenden or the countryside of the Chilterns? There are lots of places to see signs of spring on a walk in Buckinghamshire.

Sun shining through oak trees onto a New Forest stream


Listen to the skylarks as you climb to the top of Stockbridge Down. Or explore The Vyne's bluebell woods, and Mottisfont's wildlife-rich ancient farmland. Our downloadable trails will introduce you to some memorable sights and sounds across Hampshire this spring.

Visitors walking a dog across the lawn at Osterley Park, Isleworth


Whether you live in the heart of the city, or next to London’s open spaces – it’s likely you’re already eagerly looking for the very first signs of spring.

This year, why not challenge yourself to take a walk and get to know your local green places better?

The rotunda built in 1766, and daffodils in the park at Petworth House, West Sussex

West Sussex

Find a place to soak up spring near you and enjoy the Sussex countryside. Here are our top walks from all around the county from Devil's Dyke to Petworth, Sheffield Park to Nymans. Search out the first tender blackthorn blossoms or the colourblock drama of a carpet of bluebells.

The view from Leith Hill in Surrey


Enjoy the Surrey countryside this spring with some fresh air outdoors on a walk. Here are our top walks from all around the county from Box Hill to Polesden Lacey, Winkworth Arboretum to Leith Hill. There are dramatic views and rolling hills for you to explore.

The Uffington White Horse, Oxfordshire with Dragon Hill and Vale of the White Horse beyond


Oxfordshire is perfect for country walking. There are wildflower meadows on the Buscot and Coleshill estate along the river in west Oxfordshire. White Horse Hill offers incredible views over six counties and there are rolling hills for gentle walks on the Greys Court estate in Oxfordshire.

Daffodils out in the orchard during spring


From bluebells on the circular walk around Ightham Mote to the highlights of Sissinghurst's estate, there's walks galore to enjoy in Kent this spring.

Oak tree on Cock Marsh, Berkshire


As nature wakes up after winter, why not head to the woodland at Cliveden, The Vyne or Maidenhead and Cookham Commons to see the trees coming into leaf. There are lots of places to see signs of spring on a walk around Berkshire and the Thames Valley.

The wild garden at Bateman's, East Sussex.

East Sussex 

From bluebells in the woodland at Sissinghurst Castle Garden to the magic of Bateman's countryside, there's walks galore to enjoy in and around East Sussex this spring.

The view from Mottistone Down

Isle of Wight 

With longer days, bird song in the air, bright buds, and new green leaves starting to unfurl, spring is a beautiful time of year for walking on the Isle of Wight.