Longcross to Woking, Surrey

A wonderfully tranquil walk across Chobham Common, Horsell Common and Peace Garden. 8.5 miles

Hidden East London & canals

A walk through quiet and some very pretty tow paths in the middle of the urban East End. 6.5 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!

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.

About Us

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

Historical City of 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.
6 miles

Best Oyster Zone 6 walk

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

Hidden East London & Canals

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.
6.5 miles

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.
30 miles

FEATURED WALKS SURREY & SUSSEX

Longcross to Woking

A wonderfully peaceful walk which crosses Chobham Common a National Nature reserve, Horsell Common  plus the Peace Garden near Woking.
8.5 miles

Balcombe to Wakehurst

This beautiful loop walk takes you over the rolling hills of West Sussex, through woods and fields to the botanic gardens at Wakehurst.
5 miles

Brookwood Cemetery Loop

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 .
7.9 miles

Brookwood & Ash Ranges

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.
7.9 miles

North Downs Way & Godstone Farm

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.
8 miles

North downs & Oxted pubs

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.
4 miles

Winkworth Arboretum 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. Start in Milford, Surrey and finish in the centre of Godalming.
8 miles

Bluebell Woods & Vineyard

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

FEATURED WALKS IN KENT

WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER

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.
10.5 miles

WHITE CLIFFS & Kentish fields

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.
9.1 miles

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.

Part 1 East Croydon to Oxted

Day walk
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.
13 miles

Part 2 Oxted to Lingfield

Day walk
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).
12.3 miles

Part 3 Lingfield to Buxted

Weekend walk
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

Part 4 Buxted to Cuckmere

Weekend walk
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

Part 5 Cuckmere to Newhaven

Day walk
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.
8.48 miles