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 Updates Description Travel
Oxfordshire 1 Henley Circular 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.
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Surrey 2 Wanborough to Godalming 12 km 2
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.
Update: Lunch pub is closed. Website version has alternative, the Sun Inn, (2/3 of the way through the walk)
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Buckinghamshire 5 Great Missenden to Amersham 16 km 4
The Chilterns, beach woods, and Little Missenden.
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Surrey 6 Liphook to Haslemere 15 km 5
Lovely walks through wooded Surrey Hills
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Hertfordshire 7 Garston to St Albans 14 km 1
River Ver, historic St Albans and the Roman town of Verulamium
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Essex 8 Bures to Sudbury 16 km 4
The Stour Valley Way, Gainsborough country and historic Sudbury.
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Oxfordshire 9 Shiplake to Henley 18 km 4
The River Thames, Rotherfield Greys village, Greys Court (NT) and historic Henley
Update: New website options: Bluebell wood, riverside loop, return to Shiplake via the Thames Path
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Buckinghamshire 10 Beaconsfield Circular 19 km 4
Gentle hills, Chalfont St Giles, and Jordans, a hamlet with Quaker links
Downloads: Shorter afternoon via Chilterns Open Air Museum
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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 15 km 1
A tourist's stroll around Oxford - it rivers and historic colleges
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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
Update: Lunch pub closed
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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
Update: Safe A23 crossing now open - website version recommended.
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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
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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.
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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
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Kent 23 Otford to Eynsford 14 km 5
2 climbs, the River Darent, two castles, and a Roman villa
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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.
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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.
Update: Detour due to landslip. Optional start from Rye.
Downloads: Starting the walk from Rye, and a Rye Circular walk.
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Cambridgeshire 26 Shelford to Cambridge 21 km 5
Granchester, the River Cam and the Cambridge colleges.
Update: No need to write to farmer in advance as the path is now 'permissive'. SWC Walk 105 Cambridge Circular recommended for tourists.
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Surrey 27 Milford to Haslemere 19 km 6
Its surprising how remote Surrey can be, pretty lakes, heathland, and Devil's Punchbowl as well.
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Kent 28 Chilham to Canterbury 18 km 3
A pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral via the Great Stour River, hop fields and orchards
Update: 2 route diversions - use the website version
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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**
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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
Downloads: Arundel Circular via Burpham or Offham
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Berkshire 33 Mortimer to Aldermaston and Theale 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
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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.
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Oxfordshire 38 Hanborough to Charlbury 21 km 6
A long way from London, but Blenheim Palace, and its landscaped parkland, are beautiful.
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Essex 39 Manningtree Circular 17 km 4
River Stour - Constable country
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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.
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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.
Update: Lunch pub closed - web version has (no food) alternative
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Surrey 44 Witley to Haslemere 14 km 3
A gentle walk to Chiddingfold and the Crown Inn
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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
Update: Detour around a golf course - use the website version
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Surrey 47 Ockley to Warnham 17 km 3
A quiet corner of Surrey - woods, gentle hills and a lovely lunchtime pub
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Hampshire 48 Whitchurch to Andover 19 km 3
Longparish, thatched cottages and the River Test
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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
Downloads: The walk in reverse
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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 15 km 6
The Ridgeway, lovely views and the Chilterns.
Update: Later lunch pub (The Bernard Arms) is closed - stay on the Ridgeway Path.
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.
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Last Updated : Oct-16

Walk Version

Updated! The walk has been updated since the current March 2011 edition was published
Warning! Older (pre-2011) editions of the book: Please use the online version as there have been major changes.

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.