Time Out Book of Country Walks volume 2

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

  • Walks start and finish at train stations.
  • Walks are 5 to 14 miles in length with 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
  • Online updates, user feedback, new walks options, and GPS data available here.
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Sadly, we no longer recommend buying the book as it is now dated. Updated versions of all the walks are available here.
Region Star # Walk Km Effort Ht. gain Description London
Berkshire 9 Kintbury to Great Bedwyn 21.0 5 300 Quiet fields before lunch, the Test Way (a long, open, ridge walk, potentially muddy), and a pretty forest walk to return to pretty, canalside Bedwyn. P
Buckinghamshire 4 Chesham to Great Missenden 15.5 3 225 Undulating Chilterns walk close to London with lunch in The Lee, a charming village, and the woods of Frith Hill to finish.
Buckinghamshire 2 Saunderton via Bledlow Circular 17.3 6 375 The Chilterns: the Ridgeway Path over an open ridge, returning by peaceful and secluded valleys. M
Buckinghamshire 3 Saunderton via West Wycombe Circular 16.0 4 375 The Chilterns: wooded forests (very muddy in winter), Hughenden Manor (NT), West Wycombe Caves (of Hellfire club fame), finishing with a short ridge walk M
Buckinghamshire 5 Tring Circular 16.3 4 350 The Chilterns: An open ridge walk to Ivinghoe Beacon, gentle forests, and a classic village pub for tea. CJ EC E
Buckinghamshire 1 Wendover Circular 18.5 7 550 The Chilterns: gentle wooded hills and ridges. M
East Sussex 27 Berwick to Eastbourne 20.5 7 375 A reservoir, then the South Downs Way past pretty villages (Jevington and Wilmington) and a ridge walk. V
East Sussex 29 Hastings to Rye 19.0 7 475 Seaside Hastings, a hilly cliff walk with 4 steep climbs and a remote naturist beach. Gentle afternoon to historic Winchelsea and Rye via a noted viewpoint. TL CX StP V
East Sussex 24 Lewes to Saltdean 15.5 4 400 South Downs Way along a chalk ridge in the morning, remote Rodmell for lunch, then back up and over the downs to the coast. Undercliff path, or bus to Brighton V
East Sussex 25 Lewes via West Firle Circular 23.3 7 425 Long. A steep hill (views) to Glynde. Lunch in quiet West Firle, then the South Downs Way (chalk ridge), with a flat valley walk back to historic Lewes V
East Sussex 20 Robertsbridge Circular 18.5 4 350 Quiet, rolling hills, Bodiam Castle (NT), with a gentler finish. CX
East Sussex 28 Seaford to Eastbourne 21.9 9 325 The best walk in the Southeast! A dramatic cliff walk passing Cuckemere Haven, the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head as the South Downs meets the sea. Ends with Eastbourne's promenade and pier. LB V
East Sussex 26 Southease to Seaford 18.1 6 325 A loop to Rodmell for lunch, then up and across the South Downs. Finishes by the sea. V
Hampshire 10 Alton Circular 20.4 4 350 Long but gentle walk visiting Selborne and Chawton, which inspired Jane Austen (writer) and Gilbert White (naturalist) CJ W
Hampshire 11 Petersfield to Liss 16.6 5 400 Shoulder of Mutton Hill (steep, fine view) and a very walker friendly pub CJ W
Kent 30 Dover to Deal 17.7 3 475 Easy cliff walk following the Saxon Shore Way along the 'White Cliffs of Dover' to historic Deal LB StP V
Kent 16 Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway 20.5 6 475 Long. The Greensand Way through remote wooded hills, passing Chartwell (Churchill, NT), Toys and Ide Hills. Gentle fields to finish. CJ EC LB V
Kent 21 Pluckley Circular 11.7 1 100 Gentle walk through quiet Kent Orchards with ancient pubs - Darling Buds of May territory. Hilly afternoon options. TL CX StP
Kent 17 Snodland to Sole Street 13.1 5 325 The North Downs, hilly with views after lunch, and tranquil Luddesdown for tea. TL StP
Kent 19 Stonegate Circular 15.5 3 275 Remote, rolling Hills, Burwash for Lunch and Batemans (NT, Rudyard Kipling's home) CX
Kent 18 Wadhurst Circular 19.0 4 650 The High Weald, quiet countryside - woods and rolling hills, the Sussex Border Path, and historic Mayfield for lunch. CX
Oxfordshire 7 Henley via Hambleden Circular 14.9 3 175 The Thames path in the morning. Gentle woodland after lunch in an NT Village, Historic riverside Henley for tea. P
Oxfordshire 6 Henley via Stonor Circular 22.2 6 500 Long walk through the Chilterns over gentle rolling grassy hills. Historic riverside Henley for tea. P
Oxfordshire 8 Marlow Circular 21.3 4 175 The Thames path in the morning, a classic pub for lunch, gentle hill afterwards. P
Surrey 14 Effingham Junction to Westhumble 15.2 4 275 Polesden Lacy (dramatic NT country house) for lunch, steep woods opening out onto the North Downs Ridge, and an English vineyard for tea CJ LB W
Surrey 12 Guildford to Farnham 22.2 2 300 A river valley, gentle pastures, Watts Gallery, woods, remote heathlands and heather covered moors. CJ W
Surrey 13 Guildford to Gomshall 19.2 5 525 Historic Guildford, The North Downs Way and St Martha-on-the-Hill Church, picturesque Shere. Option to continue along the NDW to Dorking CJ W
Surrey 15 Riddlesdown to Coulsdon South 16.8 4 300 Happy Valley and Farthing Down, close to London (Zone 6) CJ EC V
West Sussex 22 Amberley to Arundel 14.5 5 200 South Downs in the morning, then follows the river Arun to Historic Arundel (Castle, Cathedral) CJ EC V
West Sussex 23 Hassocks to Upper Beeding 16.3 7 550 3 steep hills with fine views before lunch at Devil's Dyke. A gentle ridge walk in the afternoon to Upper Beeding (short bus ride to Shoreham station) TL CJ EC StP V

Last Updated : May-24