Summer walks in London and the South East

Whether meandering in meadows, tackling the trails or clambering through countryside, there's a walk for everyone to enjoy across National Trust places in the South East this summer. From an army of wildflowers at Scathes Wood in Kent to spotting butterflies at Stockbridge Down in Hampshire. Every step you take helps support our summer nature conservation work.

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family of four standing by River Mole at Box Hill


Enjoy a leisurely riverside stroll following a glorious stretch of the river Mole at Box Hill or try the little big trail at Polesden Lacey - perfect for little legs and family fun.

Walkers on Bembridge Down overlooking a calm Sandown Bay

Isle of Wight

Hike high on the downs with a panoramic view of the sparkling blue sea, or gently stroll around the creeks and meadows at Newtown as the sun goes down.

The beautiful white sands of East Head offer a perfect place to relax

West Sussex

Breathe in the late summer air at some of West Sussex's finest countryside and coastline trails. From butterflies, wildflowers and country lanes to hilltops, open parkland and coastal paths.

Summer evening view towards Coleshill village, Oxfordshire


Explore the gardens and parkland coming to life at Basildon Park or choose from five circular trails on the Buscot and Coleshill Estates across open parkland or wooded habitats.

A view over the mote at Scotney Castle in summer


From wildflowers at Scathes Wood to the vast expanse of Knole's parkland, tie up those boots and take a big step into the great outdoors this summer.

Young boy walking through the summer meadow in Morden Hall Park


Discover the buzzing boardwalk at Morden Hall Park, a riverside stroll to take in Richmond or a meadow to meander through at Osterley Park and House.

A path beside the river at Mottisfont, Hampshire


A summer ramble in Hampshire will take you into a world of sparkling streams, cool woodlands and ancient heaths. Discover a delight of flora and fauna along the way.

A family walking in woodland


It's time to get out into the countryside to chase butterflies, smell the biscuity warm earth and picnic on the grass. Amble along the woodland trails at Hughenden or hike the countryside of the Chilterns.

A view across summer countryside with cattle grazing at Bateman's in East Sussex

East Sussex 

Walk in the footsteps of Kipling's storybook characters at Bateman's or try one of our many guided walks around the medieval ruins of Bodiam Castle this season.

The lake at The Vyne


Head to the woodland at Cliveden and play in the dappled shade, visit cool wetlands at The Vyne or picnic on the chalk grassland and woodland glades of Maidenhead and Cookham Commons.