Walking

Walking trail

Egham to Runnymede countryside circular walk

Walking trail

Escape the crowds and take a wander through ancient woodlands, secretive wetlands and open wildflower meadows. This circular route takes you around Runnymede nature reserve. Explore Langham Pond and the ancient woodlands which form a Site of Special Scientific Interest for their many rare and endangered species and the rich wildflower meadows that are home to the birthplace the Magna Carta.

Visitors walking up the steps leading to the Kennedy Memorial, Runnymede, Surrey

Map

Egham to Runnymede circular walk map

Start:

Egham railway station, grid ref. TQ0110771039

1

On the London-bound (ticket office) side of the track, exit the station and turn right onto Station Road

2

At the traffic lights turn left. Pass Strodes College on your right.

3

At the roundabout, cross the A30 using the staggered pedestrian crossing to your right and continue in the same direction as the traffic.

4

Turn left into Coopers Hill Lane, Langham Farm access. Continue up the path, with the Runnymede meadows to your right.

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5

You’ll come to a kissing gate to your right onto the meadows with one ahead of you into Coopers Hill Woods. Continue ahead into Coopers Hill Woods.

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6

Continue along this woodland path for about 15 minutes.

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7

Continue through the kissing gate ahead of you, walking onto the grazed meadows. Walk ahead with the line of oak trees to your left.

8

With the Magna Carta memorial ahead of you, go through the kissing gate on your right. Turn right again through another kissing gate to enter a grazed meadow. You’re now on the return leg of your walk. On your right you'll see an ancient field boundary of willow pollards. These may have originally been pollarded to enable barons and royalty to ride on their horses beneath the trees, without banging their heads. Now, these willows continue to be pollarded, and are home to a wealth of endangered wildlife, including insects, fungi, birds and bats.

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At the end of the meadow you’ll come to Langham Pond, an oxbow lake on your right. Walk over to your left where you’ll see a break in the hedge line on your right. Climb over the stile here, and follow the path through the rich wildflower meadow.

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10

Follow the boardwalk through the reedbed. On leaving the reedbed, take the diagonal trodden path to your left and go through the metal kissing gate on the opposite side of the meadow.

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You’re now back on the grazed meadows. Turn left and follow the hedge line. When you've passed through the hedge line in front of you, walk diagonally right towards the farm buildings.

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With the farm buildings on your left, go through the kissing gate in the corner of the meadow. You’re now back on Coopers Hill Lane. Turn left towards A30 and trace your route back to Egham railway station.

End:

Egham railway station, grid ref. TQ0110771039

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Egham to Runnymede countryside circular walk

Terrain

The terrain varies from made paths to naturally uneven meadow (from grazing cows) and muddy to waterlogged areas after heavy or prolonged rain. Don’t be put off however, since this is a lovely walk all year  round. Just bring a pair of wellies if it's been raining. Please note some areas of the walk are cattle grazed and this nature reserve hosts a wide variety of wildlife. Dogs are welcome but must be under control at all times. Please dispose of dog mess responsibly. A dog mess bin is located at the Magna Carta Tea-room.

Egham to Runnymede countryside circular walk

Contact us

Telephone: 01784 432891
 
Egham to Runnymede countryside circular walk

How to get here

Address
Egham Station, Station Road, Egham TW20 9LB
By train

Egham train station is located on the Reading–Waterloo and Weybridge–Waterloo lines

By road

We try to promote sustainable travel, however, you can park in any of the pay and display car parks in Egham town centre and make your way to Egham Station. Alternatively, park at National Trust Runnymede’s car park and start the circular walk at point 8 on the map at the Magna Carta memorial

By bus

There are several regular bus services running to Egham. These routes take in a large portion of the local area including Ashford, Camberley, Chertsey, Heathrow Airport (T5), Staines, Slough, Sunningdale and Windsor. Please refer to Surrey County Council’s useful bus timetable to see if there’s a bus near you

By bicycle

Nearest National Cycle Network Route is Route 4. Also refer to the Sustrans website for local cycling routes

Egham to Runnymede countryside circular walk

Facilities and access

  • All facilities, including pubs and toilet can be found in Egham town (steps 1–3)
  • The following facilities are located near point 8 of the walk:
  • National Trust car park, open until 7pm (free for members)
  • Toilets with baby-changing facilities (open approx. 9am-5pm)
  • Magna Carta Tea-room with picnic tables
  • Magna Carta memorial
  • JFK memorial
  • Dog litter bin
  • We’re unable to provide general waste bins here, so please take your rubbish home with you in a bag