Winkworth Arborteum Wander
Winkworth Arboretum is a stunning place to visit at any time of year, but particularly in autumn when the turning leaves really put on a show. 8 miles/12.8km
Ultimate Greenwich and the Thames Barrier
Featuring film locations, famous landmarks and fabulous views, our new Greenwich Borough walk has it all! 8.2 miles
Inspiring walking routes
Welcome to the Walking Post, a home for inspiring walking route ideas in Surrey, Kent, London and further afield. We love being able to take the train out of London and into the countryside. There are so many beautiful places less than an hour by train away from the city. And so many footpaths to discover. Most routes start and finish at train stations but you can also head out in the car, or even in some cases, walk out of the city!
How To Use The Walks
Our walks are available to use and follow on the OS maps app. You can also download the maps via GPX files for Ordnance Survey, Strava, Apple & Garmin watches among others. You can also follow the written directions if you’d prefer or just take a route idea and adapt it to suit yourself. We’ve grouped the walks into themes but there are no rules about taking any of the walks in a particular season or for a particular purpose.
We’re Lucy and Emily, walking buddies who go out on hikes from London most weekends with a group of friends.The Walking Post is a compilation of our favourite walking routes in South East England and beyond, along with general inspiration for your next ramble via our blog. All the walking routes featured have been created by Lucy and road-tested by all of us. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
FEATURED WALKS AROUND LONDON
Featuring film locations like the Old Royal Naval College and Ranger’s House, famous landmarks like the Cutty Sark and some great views of London along the way.
This route includes as many South London location as possible from the 2023 film Rye Lane. Starting in the peaceful walled garden, Brockwell Park and finishing in the vibrant Rye Lane, Peckham.
South London green spaces & views
A fascinating, hilly walk meandering through leafy parks and the cemeteries of South East London with amazing views across the capital and the North Downs.
3- 8 miles
On a circular walk from Coulsdon South, you can experience sweeping panoramic views, hills & valleys, woodland trails, rolling fields and farms, all within 6 miles of Croydon.
8 -10 miles
FEATURED WALKS SURREY & SUSSEX
A Lord Lovelace extravanganza! Set in beautiful Surrey woodland this route covers all 9 existing Lovelace bridges plus Horsley Towers, mausoleum and gatehouses.
Stunning Surrey Hills walk featuring some wonderful churches – most notably St Martha’s Church standing on a hill with sweeping views over the North Downs and Old St Peter & St Paul’s church.
You could spend a full day looking around fascinating Grade 1 listed Brookwood Cemetery but this circular route also includes Morgan Stanley’s grave memorial plus lovely heathland and secluded Henleypark Lake .
A pretty walk of varied landscapes across the Surrey Hills, featuring Effingham Forest, the largest vineyard in England and spectacular carpets of bluebells when they’re in season.
6 – 10 miles
This route takes in the fascinating Brookwood Cemetery and also features Ash Ranges open some days and weekends a year, a dramatic stretch of heathland owned by the Ministry of Defence.
Starting near the top of the North Downs Way, this short walking route descends to the pretty Old Oxted High street which has no less than four pubs, followed by a half a mile stagger to Oxted Station.
FEATURED WALKS IN KENT
FEATURED WALKS IN HERTS
LOng Distance trails
Our very own trail! This route stretches from Cockfosters in the far north of London all the way to Carshalton in the south. It traverses the capital, connecting footpaths, waterways and green spaces.