Saturday Walkers Club

Time Out Book of Country Walks volume 1

  • 53 walks in south east England
  • Walks start and finish at train stations, 30 to 90 minutes away from London.
  • Walks are 7 to 14 miles in length with very detailed directions - you don't need an OS map.
  • Walks stop at a country pub for lunch and at a tea room (or pub) for tea
  • Walks pass beautiful villages, ancient forests, country pubs, and historic houses, castles and gardens
  • OS maps, updates, user feedback, new walks options, and GPS data available here.
  • After your walk, we welcome your feedback, photos and videos.
  • Latest edition fully revised in March 2011. ISBN 1846702216.
Region Star # Walk Length Effort New Description Travel
Oxfordshire 1 Henley Circular via Great Wood 16 km 2 The Thames Path in the morning, historic Hambledon for lunch, and back via the hills above Henley in the afternoon. Short but pretty. * * *
Surrey 2 Wanborough to Godalming 13 km 3 Over the North Downs ridge to Watts Gallery, then a ramble to historic Godalming *
Hampshire 3 Netley to Botley 15 km 2 The Solent Way and the River Swanick with sea views, marinas and mudflats
Oxfordshire 4 Pangbourne Circular 14 km 3 Pretty villages, a toll bridge, fine views of the Thames in the morning and a serene stroll through a rural idyll after lunch. * * *
Buckinghamshire 5 Great Missenden to Amersham 16 km 4 The Chilterns, beach woods, and Little Missenden. * *
Surrey 6 Liphook to Haslemere 15 km 5 Lovely walks through wooded Surrey Hills * *
Hertfordshire 7 Garston to St Albans 14 km 1 River Ver, historic St Albans and the Roman town of Verulamium * *
Essex 8 Bures to Sudbury 16 km 4 The Stour Valley Way, Gainsborough country and historic Sudbury. * *
Oxfordshire 9 Shiplake to Henley 18 km 4 The River Thames, Rotherfield Greys village, Greys Court (NT) and historic Henley * *
Buckinghamshire 10 Beaconsfield Circular 19 km 4 Gentle hills, Chalfont St Giles, and Jordans, a hamlet with Quaker links * * *
Buckinghamshire 11 Tring to Wendover 21 km 6 A Grand Union Canal walk in the morning, fields in the middle, and finally the wooded hills of the Chilterns £
Surrey 12 Farnham to Godalming 21 km 6 A long but pretty walk with gentle hills via a nice mixture of river valley, forest tracks, and many beautiful country houses. *
Oxfordshire 13 Oxford Circular 16 km 1 Rivers Isis and Cherwell, Commons, a ruined Abbey, a Norman Castle compound and a stroll around Oxford and its historic colleges * * *
Surrey 14 Gomshall to Guildford 16 km 3 Historic Shere, then a walk through a broad wooded valley, then along a canal to historic Guildford * *
Kent 15 Leigh to Tunbridge Wells 19 km 5 Penshurst Place (a stately home), rivers, woods, and Kent's rolling hills *
West Sussex 16 Balcombe Circular 18 km 5 Nymans Gardens (NT), and the ruins of Slaugham * * *
Hertfordshire 17 Bow Brickhill to Woburn Sands 19 km 6 Woburn Abbey and its Safari Park (animals visible from the path) via many gentle hills * *
Berkshire 18 Sunningdale to Windsor 16 km 2 Virginia Water, Windsor Great Park, the Long Walk, and Windsor Castle *
Kent 19 Hever to Leigh 14 km 2 2 castles, a stately home, rivers, ponds, woods, undulating hills and three lovely villages
Surrey 20 Milford to Godalming 18 km 6 The Greensand Way, Winkworth(a NT Arboretum), a canal, and historic Godalming. * *
Kent 21 Leigh to Sevenoaks 15 km 5 A gentle morning past fields and Oasthouses, then a steep climb to Knole Palace (NT) and its deer park *
Surrey 22 Haslemere Circular 14 km 4 Gentle woods in the morning and a climb to Black Down in the afternoon * * *
Kent 23 Otford to Eynsford 14 km 5 2 climbs, the River Darent, two castles, and a Roman villa * *
Oxfordshire 24 Cookham to Maidenhead 17 km 3 A figure of 9 - Up over Winter Hill, overlooking the Thames Valley, then along the Thames Path. * * *
East Sussex 25 Winchelsea to Hastings 20 km 9 The hardest walk in the book. A gentle start with the 1066 Path and a great pub for lunch. After lunch, a great coastal cliff walk with 4 steep climbs, Fairlight Glen naturist beach, fish and chips on Hastings seafront, so one for summer. * *
Cambridgeshire 26 Shelford to Cambridge 21 km 5 Granchester, the River Cam and the Cambridge colleges. * *
Surrey 27 Milford to Haslemere 19 km 6 Its surprising how remote Surrey can be, pretty lakes, heathland, and Devil's Punchbowl as well. * *
Kent 28 Chilham to Canterbury 18 km 3 A pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral via the Great Stour River, hop fields and orchards * *
East Sussex 29 Hassocks to Lewes 18 km 4 A South Downs ridge walk ... maximum view for minimum effort, with historic Lewes to finish. *
Essex 30 Wivenhoe Circular 15 km 2 2 circular walks on either side of the Colne estuary. **check ferry times in advance** * * *
East Sussex 31 Glynde to Seaford 23 km 8 The best walk in the book! A South Downs ridge, picture postcard Alfriston, Cuckmere Haven (beach), and cliffs with views of the Seven Sisters. Long but worth it. *
West Sussex 32 Arundel to Amberley 19 km 7 Arundel Castle, its parkland, and the South Downs * *
Berkshire 33 Mortimer to Aldermaston 15 km 3 Gentle. A stream, Roman Calleva, an an optional canal side extension. *
West Sussex 34 Balcombe to East Grinstead 17 km 6 Gentle wooded hills, Wakehurst Place Gardens (NT) and a reservoir
Kent 35 Crowhurst to Battle 20 km 4 Gentle woods and fields, the Battle of Hastings, and Battle Abbey * *
Kent 36 Borough Green to Sevenoaks 15 km 4 A Country House, Igtham Mote (NT), Knole Palace and deer park (NT), as well as pretty countryside, and close to London. *
West Sussex 37 Southbourne to Chichester 19 km 3 The inlets of Chichester Harbour (best at high tide) and the historic Cathedral town. * *
Oxfordshire 38 Hanborough to Charlbury 21 km 6 A long way from London, but Blenheim Palace, and its landscaped parkland, are beautiful. * *
Essex 39 Manningtree Circular 17 km 4 River Stour - Constable country * * *
Oxfordshire 40 Gerrards Cross to Cookham 15 km 2 Bulstrode Park and Burnham Beeches woods, the Thames, and Stanley Spencer £
Hertfordshire 41 Bow Brickhill to Leighton Buzzard 15 km 2 The Greensand Ridge, River Ouzel and Grand Union Canal *
Surrey 42 Holmwood to Gomshall 17 km 6 A very pretty forest walk, quite close to London, and the view from Leith Hill, the highest point in the Southeast. * *
Kent 43 Otford Circular 12 km 5 Quite short, but views, forest, a pretty village, a welcoming pub, and a short train journey, so good for a late start. * * *
Surrey 44 Witley to Haslemere 14 km 3 A gentle walk to Chiddingfold and the Crown Inn * *
Buckinghamshire 45 Princes Risborough to Great Missenden 16 km 5 Hilly. The Chilterns, and Bryant's Bottom *
Essex 46 Wakes Colne to Bures 18 km 5 The Colne Valley, thatched cottages, brooks, farms, woods and undulating hills * *
Surrey 47 Ockley to Warnham 17 km 3 A quiet corner of Surrey - woods, gentle hills and a lovely lunchtime pub * *
Hampshire 48 Whitchurch to Andover 19 km 3 Longparish, thatched cottages and the River Test * *
Surrey 49 Box Hill to Leatherhead 12 km 7 Short, 2 steep climbs and the view from Box Hill in the morning, and a gentle river valley after lunch * *
Kent 50 Yalding to Borough Green 17 km 3 A gentle walk along The Greensand Way and through Mereworth Woods
Oxfordshire 51 Henley to Pangbourne 19 km 6 Another lovely country ramble, and the perfect pub crawl. Starts and finishes by the Thames, via forests and several country pubs. *
Buckinghamshire 52 Princes Risborough to Wendover 17 km 6 The Ridgeway, lovely views and the Chilterns. *
Kent 53 Wye Circular 18 km 7 Out over the North Downs with breathtaking views to lunch in Sole Street. Back up over the Downs, then returning along the Great Stour river. Muddy in winter. * * *

Last Updated : Feb-17

Car Travel

* * * very good A circular walk
* * good Direct train back to the start, about 10 mins.
* OK Change of train needed, about 30-60 mins.
(none) bad 2+ changes, or no suitable route, 60+ mins

Train Travel

£ You may need to buy 2 single train tickets for this walk, as out and back travel are by different train companies.