Nothing beats a great walk in the great outdoors, away from the city streets and buildings. But what if you are unsure where to go and how to even get there? With more than 60 attractions to visit, it is clear to see why over 2.8 million tourists visited the London in 2017, alone. If you are new to the concrete jungle of London town it might feel if you are thousands of miles away from the nearest hike. However, that may be far from true.
Thanks to the city’s Green Belt Policy, there are plenty of rural lands surrounding the metro area. This provides a great opportunity for locals and tourists to take a trip out of ‘The Big Smoke’ for scene day hikes with tons of historical landmarks to explore. So, whether you live in the UK or just passing through the city, check out these hiking trails to visit near London.
Countryside view: Ashridge Estate to Ivinghoe Beacon
When visiting Ashridge Estate, you can see cattle drovers and cross-ridge paths throughout the trail. This circular walk covers three miles of the Ridgeway trail, one mile of the Icknield Way trail, and the most notable views of Ivinghoe Beacon. The trip is less than 40 minutes away from London, where you can take a train from Euston to Tring Station. Be sure to stop by the Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre to learn more about the area and check out their local exhibitions while you are there.
Vineyard view: Mole Gap Trail
Start from Leatherhead to Dorking through Surrey countryside as you pass Denbies Wine Estate, the largest vineyard in the UK. The Mole Gap Trail offers the perfect opportunity to visit two market towns, which covers 10 kilometres of walking trails along the River Mole. The trail also provides distant views of Clerkly Court, former home of politician and newspaper mogul, Lord Beaverbrook. You can take the train to Leatherhead station, where the Mole gap begins and follow the silver signs.
Ocean view: Seaford to Eastbourne
Known as one of the most amazing hikes in south-east England, you will discover stunning views of high cliff-tops and river valleys. Be sure to pack the right hiking gear as there is a bit of climbing and descending on the walk. The trail includes viewpoints of the white cliffs of Beachy Head, Seven Sisters, and the Cuckmere haven river valley. What’s more, you can finish your day trip and dine at the seaside town of Eastbourne.
You can take a train from London Victoria station to Seaford. While the transportation takes around 90 minutes, the views and the cliff-top hike will be worth every second.
Whichever route you choose to take, you’ll be rewarded by spectacular views, fresh air, and new adventures to explore. So whether you plan to take a day hike with family, friends, or simply solo, nothing beats the natural wonders waiting for you outside of London.