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A winter's morning at Box HIll | © NTI/John Miller

Walking in Surrey

You’ll find no shortage of leg-stretching walks in Surrey with plenty to see along the way. Wander through ancient woodlands in the Runnymede countryside or take in some of the best views of the Surrey Hills on a leisurely stroll at Box Hill.

Top walks in Surrey

Salomons memorial viewpoint at Box Hill with a family walking in the foreground
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Trail

The Box Hill Hike 

Follow this challenging eight mile circular walk covering much of the Box Hill estate in Surrey. Expect steep climbs, wonderful views and pub pit stops.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 8 (km: 12.8)
A view of Langham Pond made up of riverside meadows, grassland, and broadleaf woodland at Runnymede and Ankerwycke, Berkshire
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Trail

Egham to Runnymede countryside circular walk 

Follow this Surrey countryside trail of a circular walk between Egham and Runnymede through ancient woodlands, wetlands and wildflower meadows.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 3.7 (km: 5.92)
Visitor walking their dog at Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl, Surrey in autumn
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Trail

Hidden Hindhead walking trail 

Follow this walk crossing the old A3 to discover local history, spot grazing ponies and cattle and, on a clear day, catch views of the distant London skyline.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 3.1 (km: 4.96)
Bluebells at Winkworth Arboretum
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Place

Winkworth Arboretum 

Nestled on a hillside in the heart of the Surrey Hills, explore Winkworth Arboretum's grounds and lake.

Godalming, Surrey

Fully open today
Daffodils on the lawns at Polesden Lacey
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Place

Polesden Lacey 

Polesden Lacey’s 1,400 acre estate has ancient woodlands, farms and downland. Pick up a walks leaflet from the visitor reception for £1.

Fully open today
Views from Denbies Hillside, Surrey
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Trail

Ranmore West to The Wotton Hatch pub walk 

This picturesque walk offers memorable views of the chalk grasslands of Denbies Hillside and neighbouring Ranmore Common, and stops at a welcoming country pub stop en route.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 5.3 (km: 8.48)
A nuthatch sits amongst the thorny branches of a tree. A small bird with a peachy, orange belly, blue wing, head and back, and a black stripe across its eye and head.
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Trail

Abinger Roughs nature walk 

A 2-mile walk on Abinger Roughs that takes in some of the history – from the Stone Age to Charles Darwin – as well as the wildlife that currently calls the Roughs home.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 2 (km: 3.2)
View over the Surrey countryside at Harewoods, Surrey: with wooded hills in the distance, a church tower and in the foreground a field with a hedge boundary
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Trail

Outwood Common walk at Harewoods 

An exhilarating circular walk through ancient woodland dotted with veteran trees and across open farmland, with a bench beside a pond along the way to take a welcome break.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 2.5 (km: 4)
View over the North Downs from Abinger Roughs and Netley Park, Surrey
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Trail

Abinger Roughs to Gomshall walking circuit 

Enjoy this 6.2-mile walk from Abinger Roughs to the pretty village of Gomshall, taking in woodland, farmland and open countryside, plus a village pub and tea-rooms for a recharge.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 6.2 (km: 9.92)
Snowdrops in the foreground at the base of a tree trunk with recently trimmed hedging in the background
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Trail

Abinger Roughs snowdrop walk 

Enjoy this scenic early spring walk around Abinger Roughs, taking in the special snowdrop trail and glorious views over the surrounding countryside.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 2 (km: 3.2)
Carpets of bluebells at Abinger Roughs, Surrey
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Trail

Abinger Roughs rhododendron and bluebell walk 

Enjoy the delightful show of bluebells and rhododendrons as they bloom in spring and early summer, on this gentle walk through the woods of Abinger Roughs.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 2.0 (km: 3.2)
Views from Denbies Hillside, Surrey
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Trail

Ranmore West to The Wotton Hatch pub walk 

This picturesque walk offers memorable views of the chalk grasslands of Denbies Hillside and neighbouring Ranmore Common, and stops at a welcoming country pub stop en route.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 5.3 (km: 8.48)
Close up of a bee orchid in a summer meadow
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Trail

Denbies Hillside nature walk 

Enjoy this bracing walk across grassy chalk downland, through dappled woods, and along part of the North Downs Way National Trail, discovering an array of wildlife along the way.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 2 (km: 3.2)
A bench with the inscription 'Friends of Headley Heath' under a Silver Birch tree
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Trail

Headley Heath circuit 

Enjoy stunning views on this moderate walk over some uneven terrain of open heathland, woodland and chalk downland.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 4.1 (km: 6.56)
Easy to find signs, depicting Octavia Hill, mark out the trail
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Trail

Octavia Hill walk around Hydon's Ball and Heath 

A short exhilarating circular walk from Hydon’s Ball and Heath, a National Trust site in the Surrey Hills AONB.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 1.5 (km: 2.4)
Visitors walking across stepping stones at Box Hill
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Trail

Box Hill Stepping Stones walk 

Take in some impressive views and enjoy one of Surrey's most iconic landmarks on the Box Hill Stepping Stones walk.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 2 (km: 3.2)
A view over the zig zag road at Box Hill
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Trail

Box Hill Happy Valley circular walk 

Explore Box Hill and Happy Valley, discover Broadwood's Tower, and take in views of the Surrey countryside from Salomons memorial viewpoint on this circular walk.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 2.7 (km: 4.32)
A family carrying a picnic and walking along the path towards the view point at Box Hill.
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Trail

A hilltop stroll at Box Hill 

Take in some of Surrey's finest views and marvel at the hidden history of Box Hill on this gentle circular walk around the hilltop.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 1 (km: 1.6)
A man guiding a little girl along a log in a wood
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Trail

Box Hill Natural Play Trail 

Try this family-friendly trail to get back to nature in the woods at Box Hill, with opportunities for you to practise everything from balancing on fallen trunks to building dens,

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 2 (km: 3.2)
Visitors walking across stepping stones at Box Hill
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Trail

Box Hill train to Stepping Stones walk 

This circular walk from Box Hill and Westhumble station takes you up to the top of Box Hill and along the Stepping Stones Path across the River Mole.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 3 (km: 4.8)
A panoramic view through trees across fields into a valley at Box Hill in Surrey
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Trail

Box Hill Juniper Top circular walk 

Starting at the top of Box Hill in Surrey, follow the trail markers and enjoy a landscape of magical woods, glorious hilltop views and tranquil valleys.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 4 (km: 6.4)
View south from the Temple of the Winds at Black Down, West Sussex
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Trail

Black Down Temple of the Winds trail 

Sussex

Find one of the best views of the South Downs National Park at the Temple of the Winds. This little-known spot has a secret feel and a charming curved stone seat to rest on.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 2 (km: 3.2)
Flying kestrel in the sky
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Trail

Shottermill to Marley Common and Cognor Wood walk 

Sussex

Walk past ancient millponds onto Marley Common with its impressive beech trees, then through woods into a working sweet chestnut coppice and on to a meadow buzzing with wildlife in summer.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 3.5 (km: 5.6)
Family of five walking along gravel path through parkland, with young boy holding two sticks leading the way
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Trail

The long walk at Hatchlands Park 

This circular walk follows the edge of the park through woodland and open parkland with distant views of the house and the wider Surrey countryside.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 2.8 (km: 4.48)
A hilltop view of a valley with low-lying mist and autumnal leaves on trees as far as the eye can see
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Trail

Leith Hill woodland walk 

Enjoy some impressive views of the South Downs and the London skyline on this invigorating circular walk through woodland on Leith Hill

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 2.5 (km: 4)
Misty landscape beyond Scearn Bank at Limpsfield Common, Surrey
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Trail

Limpsfield Common and the Carpenters Arms walk 

This walk around Limpsfield Common takes you through ancient woodlands, with the chance to stop at a traditional country pub along the way.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 4 (km: 6.4)
The view over the escarpment of the North Downs from Reigate Fort, Surrey. Rolling green hills overlook a town below.
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Trail

Margery Wood, Walton Heath and Colley Hill walk 

Enjoy a walk through woodland, heathland and onto Colley Hill with a well-earned stop at the pub on the way. Fairly flat ground, can be muddy in places.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 3.8 (km: 6.08)
Walkers near the elegant rotunda known as the Inglis Monument at Reigate Hill, Surrey
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Trail

Reigate Hill walk 

Enjoy an exhilarating walk through grassland, chalk downland and tranquil colourful woods across Reigate Hill and learn how man has influenced the history on the hill.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 3.3 (km: 5.28)
Two walkers on a path at Reigate Hill and Gatton Park
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Trail

Margery Wood to the Yew Tree Pub walk 

Enjoy this picturesque ramble taking in a traditional pub and some of the most impressive views of the Surrey Hills towards the South Downs.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 3.7 (km: 5.92)
Explore the meadows around Reigate Hill
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Trail

Reigate Hill from the train station walk 

This vigorous climb up the escarpment provides memorable views and a gentle stroll back along the bottom of the Downs, with something of Reigate's mining history to learn en route.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 3.63 (km: 5.81)
The Millennium Stones, a modern standing stone circle at Gatton Park, Surrey. By artist Richard Kindersley,
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Trail

Gatton Park past and present walk 

Take a relaxing stroll through the parkland of Gatton Park, designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, and enjoy a glimpse into its diverse history and see seasonal highlights.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 2 (km: 3.2)
A medium-sized red-brick cottage situated on the edge of a river next to a lock with with early morning light hitting the side of the cottage and faint traces of mist in the air
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Trail

Weybridge to New Haw Lock walk 

Follow the route of the last commercial barges on the Wey Navigations on this walk on the River Wey.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 5 (km: 8)
Two small weirs with a red brick house on the right bank and blue skies above
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Trail

Papercourt Lock to Triggs Lock walk 

An attractive and easy countryside walk in Send, where the River Wey Navigations has its workshops.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 6 (km: 9.6)
The Heathland at Simons Wood, Finchampstead Ridges, Surrey
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Trail

Simon's Wood trail 

Explore Simon's Wood wet woodland and lowland heath habitats, providing an increasingly rare habitat for many birds and invertebrates. An easy level walk great for little legs.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 1.3 (km: 2.08)
A two-storey brick building on a canal at Stoke Lock on the Wey Navigation in Surrey
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Trail

Wey Navigation Dapdune Wharf to Cartbridge Wharf walk 

Explore some of the most remote parts of Surrey's Wey Navigation waterway, taking in historic buildings and locks, on a walk that can be done either one way or there and back.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 5.5 (km: 8.8) to miles: 11.0 (km: 17.6)
Young family on a walk through the heathland at Dunwich Heath and Beach, Suffolk
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Trail

Frensham Little Pond family walk 

Follow this route along the banks of a historic and tranquil lake, through wooded areas and up to the top of ridge, looking out for waterfowl and songbirds as you go.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 2 (km: 3.2) to miles: 2.5 (km: 4)
Headley Heath Surrey
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Trail

Headley Heath to White Hill walking trail 

Explore the Surrey Hills on this 4-mile walk over heathland and through woodland, open pasture and across farmland.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 3.7 (km: 5.92)
People walking on the old A3 at Hindhead, Surrey
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Trail

Roam 639 walk at Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl 

A great but demanding walk with varied terrain that takes in the base of the Devil's Punch Bowl, Gibbet Hill and The Temple of the Four Winds.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 6.39 (km: 10.22)
Tank traps on the Box Hill riverside walk, Surrey
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Trail

Box Hill riverside walk 

This walk along the River Mole will take you through rare grasslands, ancient woodland, and past some unusual Second World War structures.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 3 (km: 4.8)
A beech tree at Abinger Roughs
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Trail

Abinger Roughs tree trail 

Discover more about the specimen trees which make up the woodland trail at Abinger Roughs, on this 2-mile circular walk through the woodland.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 2 (km: 3.2)
Two people looking up at the starry sky next to a fiery beacon at Potters Hill, North Devon
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Trail

Stargazing circular walk at Black Down 

Sussex

Explore the highest point in Surrey, away from light pollution, where a clear night reveals around 4,000 stars, including the Milky Way.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 1.5 (km: 2.4)
Pathways through Headley Heath, Surrey
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Trail

Headley Heath Second World War walking trail 

Take this fascinating walk over Headley Heath to learn more about its military past and how it has shaped the landscape today.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 3.35 (km: 5.36)
Stroll past farmers' fields
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Trail

Harewoods Lodge Farm walk 

Stroll through woodlands and past wheat fields of Harewoods in Surrey, with buzzards up above and woodpeckers among the trees on this gentle 5-mile walk.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 5.2 (km: 8.32)
A signpost on one of the many footpaths at Holmwood Common, Surrey
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Trail

Holmwood Common family activity trail 

From building a den to spotting birds and butterflies, there are plenty of things for all the family to see and do on this gentle trail around Holmwood Common.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 3.1 (km: 4.96) to miles: 4 (km: 6.4)
A woodland path at Witley and Milford Commons , Surrey
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Trail

Circular walk around Witley and Milford Commons 

Enjoy the calm and tranquil Witley and Milford Commons with this gentle stroll along dry sandy paths following pink trail markers through a variety of different habitats.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 4 (km: 6.4) to miles: 5 (km: 8)
Close-up of a Brown Argus butterfly on a leaf
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Trail

Headley Heath butterfly walk 

Follow this 2-mile circular walk through Headley Heath and see how many butterflies you can spot along the way.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 2 (km: 3.2)
Thousands of bluebells flower behind a mossy, fallen tree trunk at Leith Hill, Surrey
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Trail

Leith Hill woodland bluebell walk 

Follow this short but hilly walk around Frank's Wood for views across to the South Downs and, between April and May, a stunning array of scented bluebells.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 0.6 (km: 0.96) to miles: 1 (km: 1.6)
View of Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl, Surrey in autumn
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Trail

Highcombe hike 

Embark on a challenging hike through the ancient woodland and open heath of Hindead Commons, skirting the Punch Bowl before dropping down to the valley to return.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 3.2 (km: 5.12)

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