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Beautiful countryside hikes around London

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Beautiful countryside hikes around London

Hiking Collection by komoot

7

Tours

25:35 h

58.6 mi

4,200 ft

Living in London can become overwhelming over time; something from which we need to escape every now and then. And if you find yourself craving countryside, pining trees and venerating villages, this Collection is your ticket out for the weekend.

The hikes in Dedham Vale, Cambridge and Alton will afford you the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of giants, including Charles Darwin, Sir David Attenborough, Emma Thompson and Stephen Hawking. You will see the sights that inspired Jane Austen to write Pride and Prejudice, visit the tearoom that poet Rupert Brooke lodged in—drinking tea as he awaited visits from E.M. Forster and Virginia Woolf by boat— and walk amid the landscapes that inspired John Constable to create his quintessentially British paintings.

The strolls around Saunderton, Ashridge and Runnymede will take you back in time hundreds of years to some truly groundbreaking periods in British history. You will step foot where the document that preceded all written law was signed, stumble across World War II installations and secret intelligence bases and find the opportunity for quiet contemplation in beautiful memorials.

If you are feeling adventurous, the ups-and-downs of the Box Hill hike will get your heart pumping. You will be rewarded with beautiful views of southern England and an overwhelming feeling of achievement as you arrive back in London.

All of these hikes have been designed to start and end at train stations that are easily accessible from London. Most will take less than an hour of travel to escape the daily grind and you will find relevant advice in the route descriptions.

For train times and prices, visit: thetrainline.com.
For information about Transport for London, visit: tfl.gov.uk

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:19
    4.75 mi
    2.1 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With its large selection of varied walks, long bike rides and breathtaking views, Box Hill in Surrey is a a perfect location for your London escape.

    After arriving at Box …

  • Intermediate
    04:33
    10.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Ashridge estate is steeped in history; from Iron Age farms to the famous landscape gardener Capability Brown. This walk will take you on a loop from Tring Station, a …

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  • Intermediate
    03:01
    7.28 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Dedham Vale is famous for being John Constable's muse. The naturalistic landscape painter grew up around here and as you walk through the valley, you feel as though you are …

  • Easy
    01:51
    4.53 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This walk starts in Cambridge, a city famous for its stunning university resplendent with cyclists in capes. You will walk along a river overflowing with punts and rowboats vying for …

  • Difficult
    05:49
    13.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Hampshire is a county known for its literary connections from Jane Austen to Charles Dickens. Inspired by the lush verdant landscape and postcard villages, it's easy to understand how they …

  • Difficult
    05:18
    12.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This walk takes you through the beautiful chalk landscape of the Chiltern Hills. Designated as an area of natural beauty, this means you will be rewarded with seemingly endless views …

  • Intermediate
    02:44
    6.45 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Famous for the sealing of the Magna Carta, this peaceful and introspective meadow is just 25 miles from West London, yet feels a lifetime away. As you wander along the …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    58.6 mi
  • Duration
    25:35 h
  • Elevation
    4,200 ft
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Beautiful countryside hikes around London