Time Out Book of Country Walks volume 1

53 country walks in south east England, an hour or so by train from London

  • A walk for every week of the year, and 1 to spare
  • Walks are 7 to 14 miles in length with very detailed directions - you don't need an OS map.
  • Walks start and finish at train stations
  • 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.

The current 2011 edition of the book is going out of print and is now dated. Sadly, we no longer recommend buying it. Updated versions of all the walks are available online.

Region Star # Walk Length Effort New Description Travel
Berkshire 33 Mortimer to Aldermaston 15 km 3 Gentle. A stream, Roman Calleva, an an optional canal side extension. *
Berkshire 18 Sunningdale to Windsor 16 km 2 Virginia Water, Windsor Great Park, the Long Walk, and Windsor Castle *
Buckinghamshire 10 Beaconsfield Circular 19 km 4 Gentle hills, Chalfont St Giles, and Jordans, a hamlet with Quaker links * * *
Buckinghamshire 5 Great Missenden to Amersham 16 km 4 The Chilterns, beach woods, and Little Missenden. * *
Buckinghamshire 45 Princes Risborough to Great Missenden 16 km 6 Hilly. The Chilterns, and Bryant's Bottom *
Buckinghamshire 52 Princes Risborough to Wendover 17 km 6 The Ridgeway, lovely views and the Chilterns. *
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 £
Cambridgeshire 26 Shelford to Cambridge 21 km 5 Granchester, the River Cam and the Cambridge colleges. * *
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. *
East Sussex 29 Hassocks to Lewes 18 km 4 A South Downs ridge walk ... maximum view for minimum effort, with historic Lewes to finish. *
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. * *
Essex 8 Bures to Sudbury 16 km 4 The Stour Valley Way, Gainsborough country and historic Sudbury. * *
Essex 39 Manningtree Circular 17 km 4 River Stour - Constable country * * *
Essex 46 Wakes Colne to Bures 18 km 5 The Colne Valley, thatched cottages, brooks, farms, woods and undulating hills * *
Essex 30 Wivenhoe Circular 15 km 2 2 circular walks on either side of the Colne estuary. **check ferry times in advance** * * *
Hampshire 3 Netley to Botley 15 km 2 The Solent Way and the River Swanick with sea views, marinas and mudflats
Hampshire 48 Whitchurch to Andover 19 km 3 Longparish, thatched cottages and the River Test * *
Hertfordshire 41 Bow Brickhill to Leighton Buzzard 15 km 2 The Greensand Ridge, River Ouzel and Grand Union Canal *
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 * *
Hertfordshire 7 Garston to St Albans 14 km 1 River Ver, historic St Albans and the Roman town of Verulamium * *
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. *
Kent 28 Chilham to Canterbury 20 km 4 A pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral via the Great Stour River, hop fields and orchards * *
Kent 35 Crowhurst to Battle 20 km 4 Gentle woods and fields, the Battle of Hastings, and Battle Abbey * *
Kent 19 Hever to Leigh 14 km 2 2 castles, a stately home, rivers, ponds, woods, undulating hills and three lovely villages
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 *
Kent 15 Leigh to Tunbridge Wells 19 km 5 Penshurst Place (a stately home), rivers, woods, and Kent's rolling hills *
Kent 43 Otford Circular via Romney Street 12 km 5 A short walk packed with variety and fine views, bluebell woods in season, a pretty village and a short train journey * * *
Kent 23 Otford to Eynsford 14 km 5 2 climbs, the River Darent, two castles, and a Roman villa * *
Kent 53 Wye Circular 18 km 6 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. * * *
Kent 50 Yalding to Borough Green 17 km 3 A gentle walk along The Greensand Way and through Mereworth Woods
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. * * *
Oxfordshire 40 Gerrards Cross to Cookham 15 km 2 Bulstrode Park and Burnham Beeches woods, the Thames, and Stanley Spencer £
Oxfordshire 38 Hanborough to Charlbury 22 km 5 Blenheim Palace, its beautiful landscaped parkland, a Roman road, and flint stone villages. * *
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. * * *
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. *
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 * * *
Oxfordshire 4 Pangbourne Circular 14 km 4 Pretty villages, a toll bridge, fine views of the Thames in the morning and a serene stroll through a rural idyll after lunch. * * *
Oxfordshire 9 Shiplake to Henley 18 km 4 The River Thames, Rotherfield Greys village, Greys Court (NT) and historic Henley * *
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 * *
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. *
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 * *
Surrey 22 Haslemere Circular 14 km 4 Gentle woods in the morning and a climb to Black Down in the afternoon * * *
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. * *
Surrey 6 Liphook to Haslemere 15 km 5 Lovely walks through wooded Surrey Hills * *
Surrey 20 Milford to Godalming 18 km 6 The Greensand Way, Winkworth(a NT Arboretum), a canal, and historic Godalming. * *
Surrey 27 Milford to Haslemere 19 km 6 Its surprising how remote Surrey can be, pretty lakes, heathland, and Devil's Punchbowl as well. * *
Surrey 47 Ockley to Warnham 17 km 3 A quiet corner of Surrey - woods, gentle hills and a lovely lunchtime pub * *
Surrey 2 Wanborough to Godalming 13 km 3 Over the North Downs ridge to Watts Gallery, then a ramble to historic Godalming *
Surrey 44 Witley to Haslemere 14 km 3 A gentle walk to Chiddingfold and the Crown Inn * *
West Sussex 32 Arundel to Amberley 19 km 7 Arundel Castle, its parkland, and the South Downs * *
West Sussex 16 Balcombe Circular 18 km 5 Nymans Gardens (NT), and the ruins of Slaugham * * *
West Sussex 34 Balcombe to East Grinstead 17 km 6 Gentle wooded hills, Wakehurst Place Gardens (NT) and a reservoir
West Sussex 37 Southbourne to Chichester 19 km 3 The inlets of Chichester Harbour (best at high tide) and the historic Cathedral town. * *

Last Updated : Nov-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.