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.

Suggested Schedule

One walk for every week of the year, and one to spare

The original idea of the book was a whole year of walks. However, some of the walks are best at particular times of the year (longer walks in the sumer with more hours of daylight, shorter ones in the winter, etc.). Below is our suggested schedule for you to adapt. The walks aren't quite in numerical order as we've tweaked the schedule a bit since the book was originally published).

Week No. Dates No. Name Reasons
101-Jan to 07-Jan1 Henley-on-Thames Circular shorter
208-Jan to 14-Jan2 Wanborough to Godalming shorter
315-Jan to 21-Jan43 Otford Circular shorter
422-Jan to 28-Jan4 Pangbourne Circular shorter
529-Jan to 04-Feb5 Great Missenden to Amersham shorter
605-Feb to 11-Feb6 Liphook to Haslemere shorter
712-Feb to 18-Feb33 Mortimer to Aldermaston shorter
819-Feb to 25-Feb8 Bures to Sudbury shorter
926-Feb to 04-Mar15 Leigh to Tunbridge Wells shorter - bluebells flowering
1005-Mar to 11-Mar10 Beaconsfield Circular shorter
1112-Mar to 18-Mar11 Tring to Wendover shorter
1219-Mar to 25-Mar12 Farnham to Godalming shorter
1326-Mar to 01-Apr13 Oxford Circular shorter
1402-Apr to 08-Apr14 Gomshall to Guildford
1509-Apr to 15-Apr19 Hever to Leigh
1616-Apr to 22-Apr16 Balcombe Circular
1723-Apr to 29-Apr17 Bow Brickhill to Woburn Sands
1830-Apr to 06-May18 Sunningdale to Windsor azaleas flowering
1907-May to 13-May9 Shiplake to Henley
2014-May to 10-May20 Milford to Godalming
2121-May to 27-May21 Leigh to Sevenoaks
2228-May to 03-Jun22 Haslemere Circular muddy in winter
2304-Jun to 10-Jun23 Otford to Eynsford
2411-Jun to 17-Jun3 Netley to Botley seaside, long journey
2518-Jun to 24-Jun25 Winchelsea to Hastings longer - seaside
2625-Jun to 01-Jul26 Shelford to Cambridge siteseeing after walk
2702-Jul to 08-Jul27 Milford to Haslemere ferns about right - water lillies
2809-Jul to 15-Jul28 Chilham to Canterbury
2916-Jul to 22-Jul29 Hassocks to Lewes
3023-Jul to 29-Jul30 Wivenhoe Circular ferry summer only and subject to timetable
3130-Jul to 05-Aug31 Glynde to Seaford seaside - longer
3206-Aug to 12-Aug32 Arundel to Amberley
3313-Aug to 19-Aug50 Yalding to Borough Green muddy in winter
3420-Aug to 26-Aug34 Balcombe to East Grinstead
3527-Aug to 02-Sep35 Crowhurst to Battle
3603-Sep to 09-Sep36 Borough Green to Sevenoaks
3710-Sep to 16-Sep37 Southbourne to Chichester seaside
3817-Sep to 23-Sep38 Hanborough to Charlbury long journey
3924-Sep to 30-Sep39 Manningtree Circular
4001-Oct to 07-Oct46 Wakes Colne to Bures
4108-Oct to 14-Oct51 Henley to Pangbourne autumn colour
4215-Oct to 21-Oct42 Holmwood to Gomshall autumn colour
4322-Oct to 28-Oct48 Whitchurch to Andover
4429-Oct to 04-Nov44 Witley to Haslemere autumn colour
4505-Nov to 11-Nov45 Princes Risborough to Great Missenden shorter - autumn colour
4612-Nov to 18-Nov40 Gerrards Cross to Cookham shorter - autumn colour
4719-Nov to 25-Nov47 Ockley to Warnham shorter - autumn colour
4826-Nov to 02-Dec24 Cookham Circular shorter
4903-Dec to 09-Dec49 Box Hill to Leatherhead shorter
5010-Dec to 16-Dec41 Bow Brickhill to Leighton Buzzard shorter
5117-Dec to 23-Dec7 Garston to St Albans shorter - St Albans nice at Christmas
5224-Dec to 30-Dec52 Princes Risborough to Wendover shorter - great after Christmas walk