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!
We’ve just launched, so new walking route ideas will be added regularly.
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
This walk combines some of London’s most famous landmarks like the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral with some cobbled back streets and hidden gems you’re guaranteed to never have seen before.
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
Easy London walk which also takes you through less-known, quiet and often very pretty towpaths in the middle of the urban East End. Along with narrow boats, canals and working locks, passing on Three Mills Island and the London Stadium.
North to South London
Coming soon! This brand new long distance trail will cover far north London to the edge of south via the centre. It follows quiet peaceful paths, streams, rivers and parkland with as many car free routes as possible.
FEATURED WALKS SURREY & SUSSEX
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 .
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.
Taking in the North Downs Way and Greensand Way, this walking route also includes a public footpath next to lovely Godstone Farm, where you can get up close and personal with farm animals, both traditional and exotic.
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 in time for a swift drink at The Oxted Inn before departing.
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. Start in Milford, Surrey and finish in the centre of Godalming.
6 – 10 miles
FEATURED WALKS IN KENT
This is a stunning, quintessentially English walk. Starting in the port town of Dover, the route ascends to the top of the White Cliffs with great views of Dover port and follows the coastal path to the lovely seaside town of Deal.
This walk is a variation on the Dover walk. You take in all the stunning views over Dover port and the sea , and after St Margarets Bay follow a pretty inland route to Walmer.
THE VANGUARD WAY – LOng Distance trail
At 66 miles, this long-distance walking trail is an ideal choice for heading out of London. Starting in East Croydon, we’ll be following it in stages all the way to Newhaven on the South Coast.
This first section takes you through suburban streets and municipal parks before you suddenly realise you’re out in the countryside Climb up to the North Downs with sweeping views over the surrounding area.
The route takes you along the edge of the Surrey Hills (with great panoramic views just out of town) and then on through plenty of bucolic scenery with numerous bluebell woods (in season).
Starting from sleepy Lingfield station, head along fairly well-marked paths through dappled woods and fields to Forest Row. Then the route climbs steadily to the stunning heathland of Ashdown Forest and then meander down gently towards Buxted.
Day 1 9.1 miles / Day 2 11.77 miles
The walk is through gradually ascending open countryside. You pass through the villages of Blackboys and the scenic Chiddingly. Then onto the very pretty and popular village of Alfriston and down the winding Cuckmere River to The Seven Sisters Country Park.
Day 1 13.1 miles / Day 2 11.83 miles
Climbing steeply up the chalky cliffs and following a route close to the sea. The path decends steeply to Seaford and then straight along the path at the top of the beach to Newhaven.