Walks

Leith Hill and Friday Street (6.5 miles)

At 965 feet (294m) Leith Hill is not only the highest point in Surrey but also the highest in south east England. It is a magnificent viewpoint, one of a series that crowns the well-wooded greensand ridge a few miles south of the North Downs. This walk is mostly through …

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Weekend Walk: Shottermill to Marley Common (3.5 miles)

This is a great walk to do with the children, and dad will be happy as it starts and ends at a pub! It takes in ancient beech woodland, perfect hide-and-seek territory, and a chestnut coppice that’s an ideal den-building spot. You may also catch a glimpse of fish in …

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Kiddiwalks: Gunpowder at Chilworth (3 miles)

A lovely walk that starts in peaceful woodland where only the bird song and the sound of running water breaks the silence. Amongst the trees will be found the stark remains of Chilworth’s old gunpowder mills, at one time the most important in England. Just imagine the scene as horses …

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Weekend Walk: Runnymede and its memorials

This walk this month takes you through Virginia Water and on to the River Thames and the three memorials at Runnymede – to the Magna Carta, President Kennedy and the Air Forces, all of which are free to visit. If you want to make a day of it, you could …

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Weekend Walk: Chawton – figure of eight (4.5 + 5 miles)

This walk takes you through pretty woods and fields around Chawton in Hampshire. You may, of course, choose to tackle only one of the loops and spend time visiting Jane Austen’s house. The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see guildfordramblingclub.org.uk). Option 1 – 4.5 miles – Chawton to …

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Weekend Walk: Reigate Heath (4.5 + 3.25 miles)

This more or less level walk takes you through woods and fields close to Reigate. Reigate Heath is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), one of the most important wildlife designations nationally and a Local Nature Reserve (LNR). It is an important example of the lowland heath habitat, …

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Weekend Walk: Chiddingfold to Ram’s Nest (8.75 miles)

This walk takes you through woods and fields between Chiddingfold and Ram’s Nest. Chiddingfold became famous for its glass-making – during the reign of Elizabeth I, there were no fewer than 11 glass works on the green. Chiddingfold glass was used in some of the finest buildings in the land, …

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Weekend Walk: Shamley Green and Winkworth (9.5 miles)

This is a walk which offers some splendid views and a brush with religious history and, in parts, a fairly strenuous leg stretch. Some of the bridleways can get pretty muddy, so stout waterproof boots are recommended outside of the summer. I did the walk starting at Winkworth Arboretum, which …

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Weekend Walk: Thorney Island (8.5 miles)

This is the ideal walk for those who love sea views. Doing the walk clockwise from Emsworth gets the inland sections over at the beginning. Once onto the shoreline, the route is very easy to follow so you can concentrate on enjoying the route rather than reading instructions. A visit …

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Weekend Walk: Abinger, Holmbury and Wotton (8.75 miles)

This is a walk of extraordinary variety showing you many different aspects of the Surrey countryside between Dorking and Guildford. There are just a few nettles around the stiles but little mud and the route is fine for a dog. The stile count is moderate. It is a bit text …

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Weekend Walk: Bignor Hill and Houghton Forest (5.5 miles)

This walk is an absolute classic, and you can see the reason: it has the ingredients of great views without climbing and wonderful woodland on the return. It is short and easy and hugely rewarding, especially recommended for those who want a pleasant half-day in the South Downs or maybe …

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Weekend Walk: Polesden Lacey Circular (8 miles)

At Hikes of Surrey, we begin most of our walks from St Martins Church because of the easy parking and the spire acts as an excellent focal point and marker when we’re out in the hills. Parking is easiest in St Martins car park just north of the church. Make …

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Weekend Walk: Round the Devil’s Punch Bowl (4.5 miles)

This family-friendly walk takes you along the rim of the Punch Bowl, across to the opposite side and over the highest points with spectacular views. It returns via Gibbet Hill and a part of Hindhead Common with views all around. Perfect for all the family (including the dog, but beware …

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Weekend Walk: Dorking to Friday Street Circular Walk (10 miles)

This is a lovely circular walk through the hills to one of the quietest hamlets in Surrey. With an optional pub lunch, this 10 mile ramble is perfect for a cool November afternoon. This walk is brought to you by Hikes of Surrey. If you would like to join them …

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Weekend Walk: Thursley, Hankley Common, Kettlebury Hill (5 miles)

The village of Thursley is a little Surrey jewel situated on the edge of the vast area of commonland comprising Thursley and Hankley Commons, stretching as far as Elstead in the east and nearly to Frensham in the west. Kettlebury Hill is an arc-shaped ridge shaded with pines and offering …

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